Can I Take a Shower While the Dishwasher is Running?

Most showers rely on the water’s pressure to deliver the optimum bathing pressure the users need. Similarly, water pressure is quite significant in the cleaning process of the dishwashers. 

Besides, the capacity of the storage tank, the amount of water flowing through the inlets of the shower, and the dishwasher significantly affect their operations. Does that mean you shouldn’t run the shower and the dishwasher simultaneously?

The short answer is yes and no. Let me explain! If you are looking forward to having an optimum relaxing bath with maximum water flowing through the shower outlets, it would be wise to run one appliance.

On the other hand, if you care less about the pressure on your shower and the dishwasher is not running on a heavy cycle, you can run the appliances simultaneously.

What Will Happen If I Take a Hot Shower while the Dishwasher Runs?

Let’s assume that the inlet of the shower and the dishwasher are connected directly to the same source, for example, a water storage tank.

When you run a hot shower while the dishwasher is running, the water flowing from the source will have to be shared with both inlets. Consequently, the incoming water capacity and pressure will be less than expected when the appliances are run individually. 

As a result of the decrease in the flow rate, the heating capability of the hot shower is compromised. If the flow rate is too low, in some instances, you may be hit by cold water instead of hot water.

Further, the pressure of the water hitting your body is also compromised, which might not result in an optimum bath.

A decrease in the flow rate not only occurs in the hot shower but also in the dishwasher. This results in a decrease in the water pressure in the dishwasher.

Water pressure is a critical factor in the cleaning functionality of a dishwasher. Actually, if the pressure is too low, the machine will not efficiently clean the dishes, especially if it is running on high water demanding cycles such as heavy cycles. 

Do Dishwashers have a Built-in Heater?

Do you wonder if the dishwasher heats the cleaning water? Yes, dishwashers have built-in heaters to raise the temperatures of the cleaning water. Further, they may also use extremely hot water of over 150 degrees to sanitize the dishes.

The heating element is at the bottom part of the dishwasher. Fortunately, you can replace the dishwasher heater in case it is damaged. However, it would help if you were quite careful not to cause further damage or put yourself at the risk of electric shocks.

How Long Does a Normal Dishwasher Cycle Take?

Dishwashers have different cleaning cycles that determine the cleaning method and the time spent in the process. The most common cleaning cycle is the normal cycle, which uses detergent and hot water and runs both the cleaning and rinsing cycle.

A normal cleaning cycle takes approximately 90 minutes. However, the time spent is dependent on some factors.

Modern dishwashers are incorporating artificial intelligence, which equips them with sensors. The sensors have the capability to determine the level of dirt on the dishes, which later changes several cleaning factors.

For instance, if the dishes are too dirty, they may suggest a higher water temperature than usual. Consequently, extra time might be used to heat the water, increasing the cleaning time.

Similarly, the results from the sensors may lead to more rinsing cycles which also increases the cleaning time.

However, you should note that the sensors are not always correct. Thus, it would be hard to determine that the cycles will be shorter even when the dishes are less dirty.

On the other hand, the operations are slightly different if you use traditional dishwashers. Unlike the modern dishwashers that independently determine the temperature, rinsing cycles, among other factors, you will have to set the cleaning with this type of dishwashers manually.

In some cases, you can run the sanitize cycle alongside the regular cycle. This cycle increases the temperature to over 150 degrees, killing 99.99 percent of bacteria.

Besides the normal cycle, there is the rinse, heavy, prewash, delicate, high-temperature, and sanitize cycle. Let’s discuss these cycles and their estimated run time.

How Long Does a Rinse Cycle Take?

The rinse cycle barely cleans the dishes and takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes. Actually, it does not use a detergent but only rinses the dishes with clean water. Thus, cleaning off residues or dust on new dishes is only appropriate. 

How Long Does a Heavy Cycle Take?

The heavy-duty cycle, also referred to as the pots and pans cycle uses more water and higher temperatures. This cycle is efficient for heavily stuck items. Consequently, it can run for up to four hours.

How Long Does a Pre-wash Cycle Take?

Next, there is the pre-wash cycle used to soak baking dishes. It does not clean the dishes. Thus, a few more minutes will be added to the normal cleaning routine.

How Long Does a High-temperature Cycle Take?

You can also use the high-temperature cycle when dealing with quite greasy items. The water is heated to over 130 degrees on this cycle while its run-time is approximately 1 hour.

Can I have a ‘Delay Start’ Setting with a Normal Dishwasher Cycle?

The ‘delay start’ setting can be set on any washing cycle. However, it increases the total cleaning time. This setting sets a timer to initiate the cleaning process. Thus, the dishwasher will wait for the given time before running the cleaning cycle. 

Final Words

In a nutshell, there will be no harm in running the shower while running the dishwasher. However, running the two appliances will lower their efficiency at the time. 

Further, the dishwashers have their heater located at the bottom part. You can also replace it in case it is damaged. However, if you are a DIY person, you should be careful not to cause further damages and put your safety first.

Lastly, a normal cleaning cycle takes approximately 90 minutes. However, it may take longer, particularly if you use modern dishwashers.

The modern dishwashers have sensors that automatically detect the dirt level and change the cleaning cycle independently. Thus, if your dishes are heavily dirty and greasy, the dishwasher may run for over 4 hours.