It may not be the primary function but getting your dishes dry may actually be more difficult for your dishwasher than cleaning them. Dishes and glasses have multiple crevices that may trap dishwater stopping it from drying out, plus as your machine cools water condenses from the humid air.
Different machines also utilize a number of means to dry your dishes. Certain models opt for a heating element to warm the inside of the machine and help with evaporation, some warm the water to a higher temperature near the final rinse, some make use of a fan, and others use a combination of all three. There are thus a variety of reasons why your machine could not be drying crockery and cutlery fully and a number of options to rectify the situation.
Plastic is more difficult to dry than other materials as it cools down more quickly hindering the drying process, so it’s worth seeing whether the items that aren’t drying are predominantly plastic items.
If your dishwasher isn’t drying properly you can call a dishwasher repair service or first employ this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the problem.
Few things are more frustrating 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 cleaning or drying your dishes. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a few places you can look to help you figure out why.
Not all dishwashers 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 machine is working one of these issues may be the problem.
It might be that there is no fault with the appliance. Before assuming the appliance is faulty you should first check that you haven’t overloaded it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. It’s also worth noting that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your machine needs rinse aid to properly dry your dishes thus, if you’ve forgotten to top up or your rinse aid dispenser is broken this can stop your dishes coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is inspect the dispenser for cracks and check that it’s full.
Heat is essential for drying your crockery and cutlery so a not working heating coil might be the reason your machine is not working as it should. If your dishes 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 unplug the machine, then locate the heating element, you could need the instruction manual for this, then check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat stops your dishwasher getting too hot, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. Therefore, if it’s faulty this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating element and do not discover an fault but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat might be at fault. Again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many machines will use a fan and vent to remove the warm moist air from the machine. 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 make use of your manual to find out if your machine has a fan and find its location. Again you need to make sure the dishwasher is disconnected before trying to make repairs.
First look at the fan and vent to ascertain if anything is blocking it that might prevent it from operating correctly. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to improve your machines effectiveness at drying and ensure you need to get the drying up cloth out as little as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it may be a good idea to call in the professionals or perhaps buy a new dishwasher.
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