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Is your dishwasher cleaning your dishes?

I had a dishwasher for years that didn’t clean my dishes well. Whenever I would take the dishes out after running it, the dishes had a film on them, sometimes there would be food or detergent left on them, and the inside of the dishwasher had white film on it. We ended up buying a new, high end dishwasher and it didn’t clean very well either.

Well, I asked my appliance repairman about it, and he sent me something that he written up on how dishwashers work more efficiently. I want to share it with you all. Hopefully this will cut down on the amount of dishwasher repair requests we receive from tenants. Here it is:
1. Do not wash the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Scrape off the big stuff, but leave the salad dressing, gravy, sauces, etc. The detergent needs something to work on. Without food, your dishwasher is only left with water and detergent which could be abrasive and contribute to film build up.
2. Make sure you are not using really old detergent. Old detergent doesn’t dissolve well and can stick to dishes looking like dirt or grit on your dishes.
3. The water coming into your dishwasher should be about 140 degrees. The hot water does three important things:
a. Activates the detergent.
b. Breaks down the greasy foods.
c. Aids in drying the dishes.
What I did, was take our food thermometer and ran the hot water over it. My water was only about 120 degrees, so I turned my water heater up higher and tested it again until it was 140 degrees. That did the trick on my dishwasher. I also learned that before you start the dishwasher, you need to run your hot water in the sink until it gets hot. Then turn on the dishwasher to run it’s cycle. My sink takes about 2 or 3 minutes before the water gets hot.
4. Load the dishwasher in such a way that the water coming out of the jets can get to all dishes.
5. If your dishwasher has a filter or screen at the bottom, make sure it is cleared of all food, labels from jars, broken glass or anything else that is obstructing it.
6. If the dishes come out cloudy, or the inside of the dishwasher has a chalky film, there is a great product you could add with the detergent called Lemi-Shine. Lemi-Shine is a detergent booster that is added to the detergent cup when you start a load. It can be found at most stores such as Walmart or Target.

These tips really helped my dishwasher. I probably didn’t need to buy the new one if I had known these tips. I hope they help you as well.

Kendell Anderson

Air Conditioning Filters

We have been finding that a lot of problems with air conditioning in our properties are due to dirty filters. Most of our leases require that the tenant replace the filters every 6 month’s or sooner if necessary. A dirty filter can result in higher electric bills, the air conditioner not cooling the house as it should and they cause the air conditioner to break which is very expensive to replace or repair. The repair or replacement expenses could be passed on to the tenant if they have not replaced the filters as the lease requires. Please check the filter and replace. They are not very expensive and can be purchased at stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, ACE Hardware or online. The filter size should be marked on the existing ones. You can also measure the place where the filter goes. If you need help locating the filter, please contact us at 951 736-1500 so we can help you locate it and show you how to replace it. This is a priority for us. It is a good idea to purchase 3 or 4 while you are out buying them. That way you have them at the ready for next time you need to change them.