Dishwasher Efficiency Tips
Hot water dissolves and activates the dishwashing
detergent. Hot water also dissolves grease on dishes and
helps glasses dry spot-free. For best dishwashing
water must be at least 120°F (49°C) as it enters the
dishwasher. Loads may not wash as well if the water
is too low.
To check water temperature
1. Run hot water at the faucet closest to your dishwasher
for at least 1 minute.
2. Place a candy or meat thermometer
in a glass
3. Check the temperature
on the thermometer
water is running into the cup.
If the water temperature at the faucet is below 120°F
(49°C), have a qualified person raise the water heater's
To save water and energy, do not rinse dishes before
putting them into the dishwasher.
Use a low energy, quick, or short cycle whenever
possible. These cycles use less hot water and energy
than the Normal cycle.
Use a delay feature (on some models) to run your
dishwasher during off-peak hours. Local utilities
recommend avoiding heavy usage of energy at certain
times of day.
During the summer, run your dishwasher at night to
reduce daytime heat buildup.
Use an air dry, or an energy-saving
whenever possible. Allow longer drying times
(overnight) when using these options. Use a rinse aid to
Use cycles or options that add extra heat to the wash
or rinse portion of the cycle only when needed.
Run your dishwasher with full loads. Run a rinse cycle
after meals until the dishwasher is full.
NOTE: Use the Water Heat option on your dishwasher if
you keep your water heater at a low setting. For more
information, see "Dishwasher seems to run too long" in the