It may not be the primary function but getting your plates dry may really be harder for your dishwasher than getting them clean. Plates and cups have multiple crevices that could trap dishwater making it more difficult for it to dry out, plus as your appliance cools down water droplets form out of the steam.
Dishwashers also employ a variety of different approaches to get your plates dry. Some opt for a heating coil to heat up the air in the dishwasher and assist with evaporation, some warm the water further nearing the end of the cycle, some make use of a fan, and certain models use a combination of all three. There are consequently a number of explanations why your machine could not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a variety of things you can do to improve the situation.
Plastic is less likely to dry fully than glass or ceramics as it doesn’t retain heat in the same way which helps with the drying process, so it’s worth noting whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be drying effectively you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first utilize this troubleshooting list to figure out what the problem is and with any luck fix it.
Few things are more frustrating than an appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, whether that’s a smartphone that really isn’t being that smart, a washing machine that’s churning out dirty clothes, or a dishwasher that is either not cleaning or drying your crockery and cutlery. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates here are a number of places you can look to help you figure out why.
Not all makes and models are created equal and you will find that some dishwashers do a better job of drying your dishes than others. However, if you notice a change in how well your dishwasher is working one of these issues may be the problem.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the machine is faulty you should look at how it has been loaded, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your dishes thus, if you have run out of rinse aid or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can result in wet plates at the end of the cycle.
Visually inspect the dispenser for damage and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a faulty heating element could be the reason your machine is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your plates don’t feel hot when they come out of the machine this can be a good indicator that the heating coil isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating coil you will need to disconnect the machine, find the heating element, you could need the instruction manual to do this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat prevents your machine overheating, adjusting the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s not working this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If the heating element appears to be working as it should but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be the issue. Again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will employ a fan and vent to suck moist air from the appliance. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the hot air will condense on the plates instead leaving them wet.
You can utilize your manual to find out if your machine uses a fan and find its location. Again you need to make sure the appliance is disconnected before trying to make repairs.
You can visually inspect the fan and vent to see if there is anything lodged that might prevent it from functioning correctly. If there is nothing obvious you can then test for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to improve your appliances effectiveness at drying and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as infrequently as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it might be a good idea to call in the professionals or even upgrade your dishwasher.
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