It may not be the primary function but getting your plates dry may actually be harder for your dishwasher than cleaning them. Dishes and glassware have lots of crevices that may trap dishwater making it more difficult for it to dry out, plus as your dishwasher cools water condenses from the steam.
Different machines also make use of a number of means to get your crockery and cutlery dry. Certain models will use a heating element to heat up the inside of the dishwasher and help with evaporation, some warm the water to a higher temperature near the end of the cycle, certain models have a fan, and certain models use a mix of all three. There are therefore a variety of explanations why your machine may not be drying dishes optimally and a variety of things you can do to improve the situation.
Plastic items are more difficult to dry 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 dishes are coming out wet you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first employ this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the issue.
Few things are more annoying than an appliance that doesn’t work as it should, regardless of whether its a smartphone, air conditioner or dishwasher we expect them to do the job they were designed for. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a few troubleshooting tips to help you figure out why.
Not all appliances are created equal and you will find that some dishwashers perform to a better standard compared to others. But if if your dishwasher has always dried your dishes in the past one of these areas could be the cause.
Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong with the machine. Before assuming the dishwasher is broken 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 dishwasher needs rinse aid to properly dry your crockery and cutlery thus, if you’ve forgotten to top up or your rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can result in wet plates at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is inspect the dispenser for cracks and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a broken heating coil could be the explanation your machine is not working as it should. If your dishes aren’t hot to touch when they come out of the machine this can indicate that the heating element is faulty.
To inspect the heating element you will need to unplug the dishwasher, find the heating element, you may need the owners manual to do this, then check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat stops your dishwasher overheating, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s faulty this can result in your appliance not heating 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 make sure with the help of a multimeter.
Many appliances will employ a drying fan and vent to remove the warm moist air out of 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 crockery and cutlery from drying.
You can use your user manual to check if your dishwasher uses a fan and find its location. Don’t forget to double check the dishwasher is disconnected before attempting to make repairs.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to see if anything is blocking it that might prevent it from operating as it is supposed to. 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 how well your appliance dries your dishes and ensure you have to hand dry as infrequently as possible.
If you have checked all the above it may be necessary to phone the professionals or even upgrade your machine.
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