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Hello Pauline, If what your asking about is the wrap the fits side walls, top & rear of the dishwasher,leave it in place when installing in the cabinet. What it is,is a insulation/sound dampening blanket
The blanket you are referring to is not packaging material. This is an insulator blanket that not only keeps the underside of countertop and adjacent cabinets shielded from the heat of the dishwasher tub, but also provides a noise barrier. Without it, the dishwasher may genrate more noise, and you may feel more radiant heat given off when the dishwasher heats the water. This is supposed to remain in place and should not be removed.
Unfortunately, virtually all mass-market water heater blankets are 48" wide. One option is to buy a 32 sf roll of R13 ComfortTherm wall insulation (15" wide) and install in four segments. Unlike regular wall insulation, this product is sandwiched in plastic, making it much easier to handle and install (and neater) than kraft-faced insulation. It's made by Johns Manville and available at Lowes for about $9 (JM product number B011, Lowes item #44026). You'll need a suitable tape for the seams.
By the way, when calculating blanket width, you must add insulation thickness (times 2) to the tank diameter. My heater is 20.5" in diameter, so for 3.5" wall insulation, the effective diameter is 27.5", so the circumference is about 86".
Mass market blankets are 75" wide, and come in 1.5", 2" and 3" thicknesses. These can handle tank diameters up to 21, 20 and 18 inches, respectively.
Just placing a fiberglass batt over the cabinet exterior will quiet it down considerably. Use some thin synthetic cord to tie it in place so that it doesn't crawl off from vibration. If still noisy, remove the door interior panel and check for any insulation there. If there is any appreciable gap at the sides or top, you may need to staple insulation around the interior of the cabinet opening. I'm surprised that they were that lax in noise suppression. Hope this helps!
Hello- There aren't any instructions. The top, back, and sides are covered by what looks like a blanket that fits over unit - before installation. The kickpanel at bottom has two pieces with insulation that just kind of fit loosely together, and are held in place by four screws. Installer is supposed to make sure these are in place. Let me know if this info helps- have more if needed- Thanks- Ed
This is insulation to retain heat as well as sound dampening. If you are in the south where it is rarely cold you can get by without it save the noise increase. If it gets pretty cool then operation will be severely affected. You can use any insulation method available to you to accomplish the task. Styrofoam, cork, fiberglass. If cost is no object the material for putting in car doors works nicely. I've seen them so insulated you cannot hear them running at all. Eric
Take the door apart and look at the back side of the electronic board. There should be a red LED lit (near center of board) if there is power to the board. If power to the board and no light; replace board. If no power (and of course no light) check door switches and also check that the wires are not imbedded in the insulating mastic inside the door. On older models, there is only black mastic insulation, and it can soften, allowing wires to become imbedded in it, which can start disolving the insulation on the wires, causing shorts or breaks in wires. Seperate wires from mastic, use a little fiberglass insulation so they won't get back in it, and fix any bad wires. (newer models use a gray insulating blanket, older models do not)
Your questoin is: You're wondering if you can further insulate your dishwasher for heat. You are redoing your kitchen, new appliances, cabinets, etc. and shortsightedly put the spice sliding pull-out cabinet next to the dishwasher. The spices get warm when you use the dishwasher. There is a bit of room between the cabinet and dishwasher. Any recommendations for further insulation?
Yes. I would get another insulation blanket off a d/w I'm disposing. Anyway, you need to get one and install it over the old one to decrease the heat transfer.
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Your using too much soap. Use 2-3 tespoons of name brand powder soap. Premeasured gel packs or tablets are too much soap as well. Cut them in half if u are using those. You can run a cycle with 5-6 cups of white vinegar with no soap or dishes to clean the soap residue from inside the dishwasher.