Dishwasher Settings Explained

Dishwasher Settings Explained

Your dishwasher can be a real time saver, but are you actually using it to its full potential? Typically, a dishwasher has a range of settings, but most people just stick to one and hope it’s the right one. So why not make the most of your dishwasher by understanding the benefits of each setting. Here we look at the main dishwasher settings and what they do.

Air dry

If you want to reduce the energy usage of the dishwasher, then there is an option to air dry your crockery by opening the door. If you want to save on your energy bills, then select the air dry function to override the automatic drying mode. Choosing the air dry mode can save up to 50% of the energy usage of the dishwasher.

Heat dry

If you are not in when the dishwasher cycle ends, then heat dry can work to dry the dishes and use heat to evaporate the water. However, if you are in, then don’t choose the heat dry function and instead just open the dishwasher door to allow the heat to escape.

Quick clean

If you have items that just need a quick rinse or a sanitisation such as glasses or dusty items that you want to refresh, then the quick clean function can save energy. This function will not work well for food-stained items and lots of grease or grime.

Rinse and hold

If you only put a few items in your dishwasher at a time, then food stains can dry to plates making them harder to clean. The rinse and hold function will give your crockery a quick blast of water to prevent them from drying out before your dishwasher is full and ready for a complete wash.

Control lock

Sometimes you may need to open the dishwasher halfway through a cycle. If you press the control lock button, it can stop the cycle, drain the tub and then allow you to unlock the door.


If someone in your household is ill, then you’ll want to control the spread of disease through sanitisation. A sanitise function on the dishwasher will increase the temperature of the rinse wash to kill germs.


For particularly loud dishwashers it may be wise to delay the start on the dishwasher cycle until you leave the house. Alternatively, you may want to wait until late at night to start the dishwasher, when everyone is fast asleep. Often with this function, the dishwasher will spritz the dishes with jets of water to prevent food from drying onto your dishes.

Heavy load

If you are cleaning large dishes, such as pots, pans and casserole dishes with lots of grease and grime, then the heavy load function will increase the power of the wash to get rid of the tough stains.


It is possible to wash fine china and glassware with the extra care that’s needed using the delicate function on your dishwasher which will lessen the force of the jets.

By using the right function for your dishwasher load, then you can maximise the energy efficiency and effectiveness of the appliance. However, if your dishwasher isn’t functioning as it should, then Just Fixed is your appliance repair team that can help to diagnose and solve the issue. Book your appointment by calling 0203 475 4078.

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