A dishwasher is a valuable asset in any kitchen. With countless options and designs made today, it’s no wonder it seems like everyone you know has a completely different model. The most common type of dishwasher found in a home is a freestanding model. Most freestanding dishwashers are designed to fit under a standard-height counter and can easily be moved if necessary. There is a wide range of settings for each model and brand. Depending on your family size and usage, you will need to consider the capacity and settings of your machine. One thing is for sure, the technology has come a long way from scrubbing with your hands!
Of course, like every appliance, it is very important to check the capacity of the dishwasher. We cannot stress this enough – measure your appliance area at least twice so that you may avoid any quandary later. It is also good practice to measure the appliance; many dishwashers are the same width and height but they often vary in depth. The most common size of dishwasher is 24” across but you may find if you live in an apartment or a smaller home, 18” might be essential.
You will need an electrical power socket close to your allotted space. For safe measures, you can always check the length of the cord on the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is being placed in an area already constructed for the appliance, it is probably the home was built with the power socket. If you are building, reconstructing the kitchen, make sure the socket is no more than 1 metre away from the dishwasher’s final working location. Also, make sure that the inlet pipe and waste connection are close enough to install. Again, if a kitchen has been designed by a professional, normally they are within reach to install your dishwasher correctly. However, it doesn’t hurt to take a glance.
Dishwashers that are certified ENERGY STAR are, on average, 10% more energy efficient than the non-qualified models. Keep in mind all models have taken leaps and bounds in consumption technology, but if you are looking for a method to reduce the usage of energy and water, this may be a model worth looking for. They normally have more efficient water jets and the intended dish rack design maximizes the overall cleaning performance. If you are keen on energy consumption some recommendations from Teletime are: Only operate the dishwasher when it is completely full so you don’t waste water. Avoid using the high heat dry option or the pre-rinse. Finally, do not pre-rinse your dished before you load them. Dishwashers today are designed to wipe all food particles off your dishes. It’s a tough habit to break but pre-rinsing dishes over time wastes a lot of water. If a dish, for some reason, does not clean completely after a cycle, it certainly makes more sense to rinse one dish instead rinsing all of them before.
It is our individual duty as inhabitant of this planet to disregard our appliances accordingly; in some communities there are legal requirements to properly recycle old appliances. However, this may not be the case for you. It’s wise to contact your local municipality to find out what Waste Management program they may have for appliances and bulky objects. Teletime does offer a solution through a third party but this is reserved for customers. As well, we do accept small electronics for recycling but we DO NOT have a drop off location for large items like a dishwasher. Before purchasing, consider what you will do with your old appliance.