It turns out getting your plates dry might actually be more arduous for your machine than getting them clean. Crockery and cutlery and cups have multiple crevices that may trap dishwater stopping it from evaporating, and as your appliance loses heat water condenses out of the humid air.
Different machines also employ a variety of methods to get your plates dry. Some opt for a heating coil to warm the inside of the dishwasher and help with evaporation, some heat the water further near the end of the cycle, certain models use a fan, and some use a combination of all of these. There are thus a variety of explanations why your machine might not be drying dishes fully and a number of options to rectify 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 taking note whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be drying properly 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.
There is nothing more frustrating than a home appliance that isn’t working as it should, 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 crockery and cutlery. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a few troubleshooting tips to help you figure out the issue.
Not all makes and models are built to the same spec and you will find that some makes and models perform to a higher standard compared to others. But if if your dishwasher has always dried your plates in the past one of these areas might be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the machine. Before assuming the appliance is not working you should first check that you haven’t overfilled it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. Also be aware that plastics don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your appliance needs rinse aid to properly dry your crockery and cutlery thus, if you have run out of rinse aid or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can result in wet dishes at the end of the cycle.
Visually check the rinse aid dispenser for damage and check that it’s full.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a faulty heating element might be the reason your dishwasher is not drying plates. If your dishes aren’t hot at the end of the cycle this can mean that the heating coil is faulty.
To inspect the heating element first unplug the dishwasher, then locate the heating coil, you may need the manual for this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat prevents your appliance overheating, regulating the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s broken this can mean your dishwasher doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating coil and do not uncover an fault but your dishwasher isn’t getting hot, then the thermostat could be the issue. Once again you can test this with the help of a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will use a fan and vent to remove the warm moist air from the dishwasher. If either of these elements are broken then the hot air will form droplets on the crockery and cutlery instead leaving them wet.
You can make use of your instruction manual to check if your dishwasher has a fan and find its location. Again you need to double check the dishwasher is unplugged before attempting to access the fan.
You can look at the fan and vent to see if anything is blocking it that would prevent it from working correctly. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of things you can do to increase how well your machine dries your dishes and ensure you need to get the drying up cloth out as little as possible.
If this trouble shooting guide hasn’t worked it could be a good idea to phone an engineer or even replace your machine.
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