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Is Your Dishwasher Ready for Thanksgiving?

Is Your Dishwasher Ready for Thanksgiving?

Your dishwasher will probably be doing double-duty on Thursday so let’s make sure it’s up to the task.

If you’re like most people, you probably think your dishwasher is always clean since it runs with really hot water and soap – but it has a dirty job, and sometimes parts of that job get left behind. Over time, grease, food particles and soap scum will build up, which can reduce its efficiency and be a breeding ground for germs. You can clean your hardworking dishwasher in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Check the drain and spinning arm

Remove or pull out the lower dish rack as far as possible. Inspect the dishwasher drain, removing any gunk or food caught there which will improve drainage. (You’d be surprised at what our dishwasher repairmen find!)

Check the spinning arms to make sure all the holes are open so water can run through them freely. If needed, just use a toothpick to clear them out.

Don’t forget to clean the utensil holders with warm, soapy water.

Step 2: Run a Wash Cycle with Vinegar

The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab recommends placing a large glass cup or bowl filled with two cups of vinegar on the top rack, then running the machine as usual — no detergent, no heat dry.

The vinegar will mix with the circulating water and help to wash away the loose, greasy grime and sanitize your appliance.

Step 3: Baking Soda Rinse

After the vinegar cycle finishes, sprinkle baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run it through a short cycle using the hottest water. The baking soda will help deodorize your dishwasher and removing any stains.

Once the cycle is done, let it sit closed for 20 minutes and continue to steam clean. Then wipe the whole inside with a soft sponge. Along with being shiny clean, your dishwasher will be more efficient in doing its essential job!

Don’t forget, if you ever have problems with any of your appliances, we have a team of trained appliance service technicians ready to get your hard-working machines running properly again. Just give us a call at (804) 358-9333 or visit

Comfort & Safety Interview – NBC12

James River Air President and owner Hugh Joyce was interviewed by NBC 12 news reporter Jennifer Warnick concerning the recent campaign we ran offering to “help as many people as we can”.
James River asked people to tell the story of someone who could not afford to fix a heating, electrical or plumbing problem.
See link below for pictures with one of the people helped, Timothy Woodson.   James River Air installed a new heat pump at no charge for Woodson and his wife.  They had been without heat for 3 years.

James River Air – BPI Gold Star Accredited!

We at James River Air air proud to announce that we are now a BPI (Building Performance Institute) Gold Star Accredited Contractor – the first and currently the only one in the Central Virginia area!

Our Residential Operations Manager, Tom Pugh, is both a BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional.

Click here to see BPI’s website and Click here to read a great article on what BPI Certification means.

Basically, the BPI’s focus is on reducing the energy use of existing homes. They realize, as do we, that all systems in a house are inter-related. When looking to replace your home comfort system, you also need to consider insulation and the building as a whole. As a Gold Star contract, James River Air can help you do that.

Call or e-mail us today to learn about our Energy Audits and about our BPI Certification!