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Do You Need A Dishwasher?

Are you tired of hand washing your dishes once or twice a day? Do you spend an hour after every meal making sure that your dishes are spot free? If this sounds like you, you will want to look into purchasing a dishwasher. Even though there are many people who still do without a dishwasher, it is a major inconvenience. With today’s technology it does not cost too much to buy a brand new dishwasher, and if you try one out you will agree that it is worth your money. Below are a few reasons on why you should buy a new dishwasher instead of hand washing your dishes.

1. Dishwashers are as cheap today as they have ever been. Ten or fifteen years ago you would have been hard pressed to find a dishwasher for less than $1,000. But in today’s day and age of mass production, you can pick up a budget dishwasher for as little as $375. Even though these low cost units do not have all of the features of more expensive models, it will still be able to provide you with a high level of service.

2. You will save yourself tons of time over the course of a week if you use a dishwasher. Think about how much time you spend everyday slaving over dirty dishes. Even if you only spend a half an hour a day, over the course of a week that comes out to three and a half hours. Imagine what you could do with an extra three and half hours a week.

3. Contrary to popular belief, dishwashers do not use up much more water than hand washing dishes. This may have been true in the past, but today’s units are much more efficient. They are made to be cost and water efficient so that you do not have to end up paying outrageous water bills.

Many people think that a dishwasher is nothing more than a waste of time. They feel that they can do the dishes themselves without having to spend the money on a dishwasher. This is true, but the question you need to ask yourself is how much is your time worth. For as little as $375, you can save yourself hundreds of hours of work over the course of a year. The best thing to do is compare all of the advantages and disadvantages of having a dishwasher, and then make an informed decision.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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Dishwasher Detergent Cup – A Sticky Situation

Detergent tends to build up over time and you may find that one day the detergent cup won’t open. The detergent acts like glue, sealing the cup. Your dishwasher’s detergent cup is located on the panel, inside your dishwasher’s door. Grab your sponge and a bucket of warm water and clean the detergent cup inside and out. If this doesn’t fix your problem, read on.

Let’s understand how detergent cups work. The detergent is placed in the cup and the spring-loaded door is snapped shut. This keeps the detergent dry until later in the cycle. As the cycle progresses, a component will trigger the spring, allowing the door to open and the detergent to be released.

Not all dishwashers use the same components to open the detergent cup. Depending on your dishwasher the components in this process may include:

-Timer and bi-metal switch.
-Timer and wax motor.
-Timer.

The timer is responsible for the length of time your dishwasher runs each cycle. The timer sends an electrical current to each cycle component at a specific time and for a determined length of time. When the timer indicates it’s ready for the detergent cup to open, it will send a current to a bi-metal switch or a wax motor. If your dishwasher doesn’t have one of these components, the timer will activate the release of the door.

A bi-metal switch is an electrical component located behind the dishwasher detergent cup. This switch consists of two types of flexible metals bonded together to form one strip. An electrical current is sent to the bi-metal switch, heating the strip. Since the metals expand at different rates, the strip will bend. This action will open the detergent-cup door. A defective bi-metal switch won’t expand enough to signal the release of the door and the switch will have to be replaced.

Many dishwasher manufacturers have replaced the bi-metal switch with a wax motor. There’s actually wax inside this small motor. The timer sends a current and the wax inside heats up. As the wax heats up it expands and pushes on a piston. The pressure from the piston releases the spring and opens the detergent-cup door. If there’s anything wrong with the wax motor, you may have problems with your dishwasher releasing the detergent.

If your dishwasher doesn’t have a bi-metal switch or a wax motor, the timer also serves as an actuator. The timer activates a lever to release the door. If the lever is broken or damaged in some way, it’s probably the culprit.

Test your bi-metal switch or wax motor if you have one. If you don’t have one of these components or they aren’t the source of the problem, test your timer. You may need to replace it.

Take care of your dishwasher and it will take care of you.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time! Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Dishwasher Belt – Don’t Let It Slip

You have an older dishwasher and it’s serving you well. Let’s make that was serving you well. See, the problem is… fixing it. If your dishwasher has stopped filling or draining all of a sudden or has its moments when it will work and when it won’t – check the belt.

The belt connects the motor to the pump using pulleys. When the motor rotates in one direction the pump fills the dishwasher. When the motor rotates in the opposite direction, the pump drains the dishwasher.

If your dishwasher isn’t filling or draining at all, the belt could be broken. If your dishwasher occasionally works, the belt is probably stretched and is slipping. Take a closer look at your dishwasher’s belt.

The belt is approximately 25 inches long and made of clear or black rubber. The belt is located behind the lower access panel, which is sometimes referred to as a kickplate. Getting to the belt is easy and since you don’t have pull the dishwasher out from the wall, this repair won’t take long. The only tool you will need is a screwdriver.

Always remember
It’s important to cut the power source to the dishwasher before attempting any repairs. You can unplug the power cord, remove the fuse from the fuse box, or flip the breaker in the circuit breaker panel. After the power is cut, you may continue.

Open the dishwasher door to locate the screws for the access panel. Once the screws are removed, close the door and remove the panel. The old belt will be stretched a bit making it easier to remove. It will slip down off the pulleys. Replacing the belt is not so simple. It will have a much tighter fit.

The easiest way to get a new belt on the pulleys is to put one end of the belt around the pump housing, directly above the pump pulley. Put the other end of the belt around the motor pulley. Carefully roll the belt down the pump housing until it sits properly in place.

Finally you can reattach the access panel and reconnect the power source. Your old dishwasher is back up and ready to go again.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time! Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Choosing an efficient dishwashers

Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for water heating. The Energy Guide label estimates how much power is needed per year to run the appliance and to heat the water based on the yearly cost of gas and electric water heating. When it is time to buy a new unit, look for the ENERGY STARÆ label.

Appliances account for about 20% of your household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.

Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater to a lower temperature.

Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food pieces and bones. Soaking or re washing is generally only recommended in cases of burned-on or dried-on food. Be sure your dishwasher is full, but not overloaded.

Don’t use the “rinse hold” on your dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes. It uses 3 to 7 gallons of hot water each time you use it. Let your dishes air dry; if you don’t have an automatic air-dry switch, turn off the control knob after the final rinse and prop the door open a little so the dishes will dry faster.

Remember that dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand, about 6 gallons less per load; they also use hotter water than you would use if you were washing the dishes by hand, so they can do a better job of killing germs.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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