It may not be the primary function but drying your dishes might really be more arduous for your dishwasher than getting them clean. Plates and glassware have lots of crevices that could collect water making it more difficult for it to evaporate, thus as your dishwasher cools water droplets form out of the humid air.
Different machines also make use of a number of methods to dry your plates. Some opt for a heating coil to warm the inside of the dishwasher and assist the water to evaporate, some warm the water further approaching the final rinse, certain models employ a fan, and some employ a mix of all three. There are consequently a variety of explanations why your dishwasher could not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a number 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 enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first make use of this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the problem.
Few things are more annoying than an appliance that isn’t working properly, 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 removing the dirt from or drying your dishes. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a number of places you can look to help you figure out why.
Not all appliances are built to the same spec and some makes and models perform to a better standard compared to others. However, if if your dishwasher has always dried your plates in the past one of these faults may be the cause.
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 stacked, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your machine needs rinse aid to properly dry your dishes therefore, if you have run out of rinse aid or the rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can result in wet plates at the end of the cycle.
Visually check the rinse aid dispenser for cracks and ensure that it’s full.
Without enough heat your plates will not dry so a faulty heating coil may be the reason your appliance is not drying dishes. If your plates aren’t hot to touch at the end of the cycle this can indicate that the heating coil isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating element first disconnect the dishwasher, then find the heating coil, you could need the instruction manual to do this, and use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your dishwasher doesn’t overheat, regulating the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s broken this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating element and do not uncover an issue but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be at fault. Again you can check this with the help of a multimeter.
Many appliances will employ a drying 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 water vapor will remain in the machine preventing the crockery and cutlery from drying.
You can use your user manual to check if your machine uses a fan and find its location. Again you need to make sure the machine is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
You can look at the fan and vent to see if there is anything lodged that could prevent it from operating as it should. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to boost your machines drying ability and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as little as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it may be necessary to phone the professionals or perhaps buy a new dishwasher.
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