It may not be the primary function but drying your plates might in actual fact be harder for your dishwasher than cleaning them. Crockery and cutlery and cups have multiple nooks and crannies that could collect dishwater making it more difficult for it to evaporate, thus as your dishwasher cools down water condenses out of the steam.
Different machines also make use of a variety of different means to dry your plates. Certain models will have a heating element to heat up the air in the dishwasher and help the water to evaporate, some heat the water further near the final rinse, some have a fan, and some use a mix of all of these. There are consequently a variety of reasons why your machine could not be drying dishes optimally and a number of options to improve the situation.
Plastic is more difficult to dry than other materials as it doesn’t retain heat in the same way which helps with the drying process, so it’s worth seeing whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If dishes are coming out wet you can call a dishwasher repair service or first use this troubleshooting guide to help you identify and rectify the issue.
Few things are more annoying than a home appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, regardless of whether its a smartphone, washing machine or dishwasher we expect them to do the job they were designed for. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates here are a number of troubleshooting tips to help you figure out the issue.
Not all dishwashers are built to the same spec and some appliances do a better job of drying your crockery and cutlery than others. However, if if your dishwasher has always dried your dishes in the past one of these areas may be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the appliance. Before assuming the dishwasher is not working you should first check that you haven’t overloaded it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. 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 broken this can result in wet crockery and cutlery at the end of the cycle.
Visually inspect the rinse aid dispenser for damage and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your crockery and cutlery so a broken heating coil might be the reason your appliance is not working as it should. If your dishes don’t feel hot when they come out of the machine this can mean that the heating coil is broken.
To check the heating element you will need to unplug the machine, locate the heating element, you could need the owners manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat prevents your machine getting too hot, determining the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s not working this can result in your dishwasher not heating up at all.
If the heating coil appears to be working as it should but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat might be at fault. Again you can test this with the help of a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will use a drying fan and vent to remove the warm moist air from the dishwasher. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the hot air will remain in the machine preventing the dishes from drying.
You can utilize your manual to find out if your appliance uses a fan and locate it. Don’t forget to make sure the appliance is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to check if anything is blocking it that would prevent it from functioning as it is supposed to. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of things you can do to increase your appliances effectiveness at drying and make sure you need to get the drying up cloth out as infrequently as possible.
If you have checked all the above it might be a good idea to call in an engineer or perhaps replace your dishwasher.
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