Before Using Your Dishwasher For The First Time

Using Your Dishwasher

It doesn’t matter whether you choose to set up your dishwasher yourself or you enlist the help of a professional, there are a few things you should do before using it. Though these things may be small and seemingly simple, they can make a huge difference when it comes to ensuring that your dishwasher is working well.

5 Things To Do Before Using Your Dishwasher For The First Time

1. Turn Off Power and Water

Before installing your dishwasher, you should turn off the water supply and power to the existing machine. If you have a professional helping out, do this before they arrive as it will give the water supply time to drain away. This can help to make installation safe and quick.

2. Read the Manual

All dishwashers will come with a manual and it’s not there to be ignored. Even if you have had a number of dishwashers before, every make and model is different. Therefore, it’s best to read the manual before using it for the first time. This will give you a clear idea of what each button does, the different functions and which settings are best.

3. Run an Empty Load

Though you’ll probably want to get wash your dishes right away, running an empty load first is recommended. It’ll check that everything is installed correctly and will highlight if there are any loose pipes. Plus, you’ll have a chance to get to grips with how everything works. You may even want to throw in a cup of white vinegar before starting the empty load, as this will clean the interior or any dust and debris.

4. Load Your Machine

When you are using your dishwasher, you’ll want to maximise space as much as possible. So, take some time to try out a range of different loading layouts. By doing so, you’ll find out how to fit in as much as possible and this can cut down on the number of cycles that you need to run. It’s all about making the most out of the space.

5. Choose Your Detergent

There are a lot of options when it comes to dishwasher detergent, which is why you’ll want to spend some time deciding which is best for your new machine. Some detergents are best suited to specific machines and the manual can provide some insight. You’ll also want to take how hard your water is into account, as certain detergents have been created with hard water areas in mind.


There’s lots of information in this guide and we hope you find this helpful.

Are you looking for specific guidance? You can find more information on our dishwasher repair page.

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