Is your dishwasher cycle running too long? Watch our video, which explains average cycle time, water temperature and helpful dishwasher troubleshooting tips.
Does it feel like your dishwasher takes an eternity just to complete one measly cycle? While there are certain settings that may be the culprit — we’re looking at you, SaniWash — if it’s running for hours and hours, there’s probably a more serious problem at hand.
Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific dishwasher. Thankfully, there are a few things you can try first that may help your dishwasher run more efficiently. Watch our video for the best tips on how to reduce its cycle time — because no one wants to be stuck doing dishes forever.
Dishwasher Running Too Long?
The average dishwasher cycle lasts between two to four hours.
To get your dishes as clean as possible, the water should be heated to at least 120ºF. Did you know it takes one minute to heat water just 1 degree?
To make sure the dishwasher gets to the right temperature, run hot water in the sink for a couple of minutes before starting the cycle.
If your water isn’t reaching the appropriate temperature, have a professional raise your hot water thermostat setting.
Some cycles add time. If you use the Hi Temp, SaniWash or Heated Dry cycle, expect your dishwasher to run longer.
If it’s still running too long, call in the experts for a repair.