It turns out getting your plates dry may actually be harder for your dishwasher than getting them clean. Dishes and glasses have lots of nooks and crannies that could trap water preventing it from evaporating, and as your dishwasher cools water condenses from the humid air.
Dishwashers also employ a number of different approaches to dry your dishes. Some opt for a heating element to heat up the inside of the machine and assist with evaporation, some heat the water further nearing the final rinse, some use a fan, and some employ a combination of all of these. There are consequently a variety of reasons why your dishwasher might not be drying crockery and cutlery fully and a variety of things you can do to rectify the situation.
Plastic is more difficult to dry than glass or ceramics as it cools down more quickly hindering the drying process, so it’s worth noting whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If your dishwasher isn’t drying properly you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first employ this troubleshooting guide to figure out what the issue is and with any luck fix it.
Few things are more irritating than a home 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 plates. 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 makes and models are built to the same spec and some appliances do a better job of drying your dishes than others. But if if your dishwasher has always dried your dishes in the past one of these faults could be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the machine is broken you should look at how it has been stacked, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastics don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your dishes and so if you’ve forgotten to top up or your rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can stop your crockery and cutlery coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is inspect the rinse aid dispenser for damage and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your plates so a broken heating coil may be the reason your dishwasher is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your crockery and cutlery don’t feel hot to touch at the end of the cycle this can be a good indicator that the heating coil isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating element first unplug the dishwasher, then locate the heating element, you may need the owners manual for this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat stops your dishwasher overheating, determining the heat of the water and air during drying. However, if it’s broken this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If the heating element seems to be in working order but your dishwasher isn’t getting hot, then the thermostat may be at fault. Again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many appliances will utilize a drying fan and vent to remove the warm moist air out of the appliance. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the hot air will condense on the dishes instead preventing them from drying.
You can employ your manual to check if your dishwasher uses a fan and find its location. Again you need to make sure the dishwasher is unplugged before attempting to access the fan.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to ascertain if there is anything lodged that would prevent it from functioning as it should. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of methods you can use to boost how well your dishwasher dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as infrequently as possible.
If you have checked all the above it could be time to phone the professionals or even upgrade your dishwasher.
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