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Rinse Aid Dispenser; Dishwasher Efficiency Tips - KitchenAid 8269909 Use & Care Manual

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Rinse Aid Dispenser
Rinse aids prevent water from forming droplets that can dry as
spots or streaks. They also improve drying by allowing water to
drain off of the dishes during the final rinse by releasing a small
amount of the rinse aid into the rinse water. Your dishwasher
designed to use a liquid rinse aid. Do not use a solid or bar-type.
Filling the dispenser
The rinse aid dispenser holds 4.8 oz (145 mL) of rinse aid. Under
normal conditions,
this will last for about three months. You do
not have to wait until the dispenser is empty to refill it. Try to keep
it full, but be careful not to overfill it.
Make sure the dishwasher
door is fully open.
2. Open the dispenser by pushing the cover latch.
1. Cover latch
2. Rinse aid dispenser
3. Indicator window
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Hot water dissolves and activates the dishwashing
Hot water also dissolves grease on dishes and helps glasses dry
spot-free. For best dishwashing
results, water must be at least
120°F (49°C) as it enters the dishwasher. Loads may not wash as
well if the water temperature is too low.
To check water temperature
1. Run hot water at the faucet closest to your dishwasher for at
least 1 minute.
Place a candy or meat thermometer
in a glass measuring
3. Add rinse aid until the indicator window looks full.
Clean up any spilled rinse aid with a damp cloth.
Close the cover.
NOTE: The cover latch clicks when the cover is closed and
Rinse aid setting
The amount of rinse aid released into the final wash can be
adjusted. The factory setting is at 2. For most water conditions
set the adjuster to 1 or 2. If there are rings or calcium (hard water)
spots on dishes, try a higher setting.
To adjust the setting
Open the dispenser cover. Turn the adjuster inside the dispenser
to the desired setting.
Check the temperature on the thermometer as the 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 thermostat
To save water, energy and time, do not rinse dishes before
putting them into the dishwasher.
Use the Normal cycle whenever possible. This cycle uses
less hot water and energy than other cycles.
Use a delay feature (on some models) to run your dishwasher
during off-peak hours. Local utilities recommend
heavy usage of energy at certain times of day,
During the summer, run your dishwasher
at night. This
reduces daytime heat buildup in the kitchen.
Use an air dry, or an energy-saving
dry option whenever
possible. Allow longer drying times (overnight) when using
these options. Use a rinse aid to improve drying.
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.


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