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Dishwasher tips
Tip1

Read the instruction manual. Most instruction manuals contain plenty of helpful advice. You may be able to rectify your fault without incurring the cost of having a serviceman visit. Bear in mind - we do not charge for phone calls, so feel free to seek our advice if you are still stuck.

Tip2

Check the water supply. A dishwasher will not work without water. Make sure the supply is connected & turned on.

Tip3

Drainage. Many dishwashers will occasionally develop a fault that will prevent them from draining, causing an offensive & unhygienic build up of water in the sump of the machine. The main reason this will happen is that the filters in the sump have become blocked - A quick clean of these filters should solve this problem. Some dishwashers are also prone to backflow. This is caused when water that has been pumped out of the Dishwasher makes its way back in to the dishwasher. This is usually caused by external blocking. Check the drain hose is clear. Also check your general drainage by filling your sink & observing the outflow. If the outflow is extremely slow or blocked, this could be the cause of the problem. A bit of effort with a plunger could solve the problem.

Tip4

Poor wash performance. There are numerous reasons that a Dishwasher will not wash properly. Check the following - Water hardness-Check your water hardness (your local water supplier will be able to help here). A rinse aid will usually help to soften water sufficiently. If not other substances such as special salts may need to be used. - Blocked spray arms. Ensure that when you load your dishwasher the spray arms can move freely. - Low water pressure. Some dishwashers will not function properly under a certain level of water pressure. Check your instruction manual for ratings(once again your local water supplier will be able to assist here).

Kitchen Tips
Oven tips, including Microwave ovens.

Tip1 - Ovens

Read the instruction manual. Most instruction manuals contain plenty of helpful advice. You may be able to rectify your fault without incurring the cost of having a serviceman visit. Bear in mind - we do not charge for phone calls, so feel free to seek our advice if you are still stuck.

Tip2- Ovens

Power supply. Of course the power must be turned on, but the main thing to check here is that the power supply is at the correct rating: eg most ovens need a 15 amp power supply but most normal household sockets are only 10 amps. This only applies to newly installed or recently moved ovens.

Tip 3 - Ovens

Clock. Ensure that the clock is set. Most modern ovens will not work if the clock is not set.

Tip 4- Ovens

Functions. Many modern ovens have numerous functions that you will probably never use, but if one of these functions is selected by mistake, it can give the appearance of a fault. For example, some modern ovens have a timer setting that allows you to set your oven to switch on at a later time. If this function is selected by mistake, the oven will give the appearance of being frozen. You will need to consult your instruction manual to reset your timer to a manual function.

Tip5 - Ovens

Uneven cooking. This usually indicates that there is a problem with an element, but with most European ovens there is an enclosed element in the base of the oven. Therefore, when a tray is placed in the base of the oven (as is a bit of a tradition in New Zealand) it can cause heat reflection & thus the appearance of uneven cooking. European ovens are not designed to have drip trays placed in the base.

These are only a few tips to try & help you avoid unnecessary costs - if you are still having problems, feel free to call us for advice, we can often solve appliance woes on the phone.               09 5797691