when to call it quits on your old front door

when to call it quits on your old front door

How To Shop For A New Dishwasher

Carrie Castillo

When choosing a new dishwasher for your home, there are three main factors to consider: dishwasher type, capacity and features. By thinking about these three factors in advance, you'll be better-prepared to make a decision when you visit the appliance store. The following questions and answers briefly explain what these three factors really entail.

What type of dishwasher do you need?

The type of dishwasher installation needed for your kitchen is the first factor to consider. Look at the spot where the machine will go to determine the appropriate installation type for your kitchen:

  • Built-in model: This common type of dishwasher fits under your kitchen counter. Measure the opening to determine the appropriate size for your kitchen. Typically, built-in dishwashers come in three widths:  18, 24 and 30 inches.
  • Double-drawer model: This model operates like two individual dishwashers in one unit.
  • Portable model: Most portable models are compact in size and can be stored in an out-of-the way place until needed. A portable unit connects directly to your kitchen faucet and drains in the sink.

If you're unsure about the size machine you need, be sure to measure the space where the dishwasher will sit so you don't choose one that is too large. Sometimes looks can be deceiving when shopping for appliances and furniture in sprawling retail showrooms. You certainly don't want to get the new dishwasher home, only to discover it is too big for the allotted space.

How much capacity do you desire?

Dishwasher capacity is usually measure by the number of place settings it can wash at one time. For example, a compact unit might hold six to eight place settings, as opposed to a larger unit that holds 16 place settings. As you consider your capacity needs, also think about large or odd-sized pots and pans that you'll regularly clean in the dishwasher, too.

What kinds of features do you need?

This is where dishwasher shopping at places like Arizona Discount Appliance really gets fun. As you peruse your options, you will notice the latest models are often equipped with a variety of different features, including:

  • Moveable Racks: Some models are designed with interior racks that can be raised or lowered, depending on your needs. These units are great for households that often wash over-sized and odd-shaped items like long-stemmed wine glasses, over-sized serving dishes and baking sheets.
  • Stainless Steel Interior: A model with a stainless steel tub reflects heat better than a plastic tub, providing an efficient drying cycle.
  • Filtration and Food Disposal System: If your family prefers to put dirty dishes directly in the dishwasher, without pre-rinsing, choose a dishwasher with this feature.
  • Sensor Technology: Some new dishwashers on the market are equipped with sensor technology that provides the optimal amount of cleaning power for each load.
  • Low-Noise Operation: Many dishwashers today offer low-noise operation because of better insulation and quieter motors.
  • Delayed Start: With this feature, you can set the machine to operate whenever it's most convenient for you.
  • Heating Boost: Dishwashers that include a heat-boost feature raise the temperature of the water internally, allowing your water heater to be set at a lower temperature.

This short list provides just a sampling of the many features available with new dishwashers.

Once you've determined the appropriate type, capacity and features you need, your decision basically boils down price and style. Know how much money you can spend before you shop so you're not tempted to overspend on a shiny, high-tech machine that is beyond your budget. This way, you'll buy the right machine at the right price in a color and style that coordinates well with the other appliances in your kitchen.


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when to call it quits on your old front door

How old is the front door on your home? Have you ever walked past the door and felt a cool breeze coming from under it? Could it be time to replace your front door, or can you repair the one that you have? My site is filled with advice and tips for learning when to replace and when to repair a front door. You can learn from my personal experience of living in older homes how to know when it is time to call it quits on the old stuff and invest in new. Hopefully, my failures and successes can help you avoid the failures and go straight for the success.

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