At the end of a cycle, when a homemaker opens the door of a dishwasher and looks inside, that same homemaker expects to see shiny glasses. If a cloudy film covers the glassware, it is obvious that something is wrong. But what is it?
An experienced troubleshooter can offer some possible reasons for the dishwasher’s poor performance. Some troubleshooters even know how to test for the plausibility of certain possibilities. Such troubleshooters know how to deal with the cloudy glassware that might be sitting on a dishwasher’s rack at the close of a wash cycle.
Could hard water be the cause of the problem?
When an excess amount of calcium and magnesium makes its way into water, it becomes “hard.” Unfortunately, the cloudiness created by hard water looks just like the cloudiness on glasses that reflect the presence of a different problem. On the other hand, it is possible to conduct a test, in order to confirm or rule out the presence of hard water.
Take a glass with a cloudy covering and soak it in vinegar for 5 minutes. If it becomes clear, then the diagnosis of hard water has been proven correct. Until that same water has been treated with a softener, the only solution lies in the temperature used during the wash cycle. The suggested detergent normally works better at a hot temperature, if it must do its cleaning in hard water. If there anything else missing or malfunctioning call on an appliance repair service in Cambridge.
Is there etching on the glassware; is that the cause of the problem?
Etching is another word for permanent scratches. Once present, the etching cannot be removed. However, there are ways to make sure that none of the glassware shows any more etching.
Regulation of the water temperature can help again. In this case, though, a cooler temperature is needed. That tactic becomes even more effective when it gets used in combination with two or three very simple procedures.
Remove any glasses as soon as the wash cycle has ended; wipe them dry, or let them dry at room temperature. That reduces the chances that the glasses will get scratched or etched by tiny particles. A second trick relates to the treatment of the glasses before the wash cycle. Do not rinse them before putting them on the dishwasher’s upper rack.
All three of the suggested courses of action serve to limit the extent to which fine particles of soap get a chance to scratch the glass surface. At a lower water temperature, less soap gets dissolved in the water. Early removal of the glasses keeps any particles in the steaming water from landing on a glass’ smooth and clear surface. The absence of rinsing forces the detergent to clean, rather than scratch.