It turns out drying your crockery and cutlery could actually be harder for your machine than getting them clean. Plates and cups have lots of nooks and crannies that may collect dishwater making it more difficult for it to dry out, thus as your appliance cools down water droplets form from the steam.
Different machines also make use of a variety of means to dry your plates. Certain models will employ a heating coil to heat up the inside of the machine and help the water to evaporate, some heat the water to a higher temperature approaching the end of the cycle, certain models have a fan, and others make use of a mix of all three. There are thus a variety of explanations why your dishwasher may not be drying dishes optimally and a variety of things you can do to rectify the situation.
Plastic items are more difficult to dry than glass or ceramics as it cools down more quickly hindering 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 hire a dishwasher repair service or first make use of this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the problem.
Few things are 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 cleaning or drying your dishes. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates there are a number of places you can look to help you figure out the problem.
Not all makes and models are built to the same spec and you will find that some appliances perform to a superior standard compared to others. But if you notice a change in how well your dishwasher is working one of these areas could be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the appliance. 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. It’s also worth noting 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 have run out of rinse aid or the rinse aid dispenser is broken this can stop your crockery and cutlery coming out properly dry.
Visually check the dispenser for damage and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your plates so a faulty heating element might be the reason your appliance is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your dishes don’t feel hot to touch at the end of the cycle this can be a good indicator that the heating element isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating coil you will need to unplug the dishwasher, find the heating coil, you could need the owners manual to do this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat stops your machine getting too hot, regulating the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. Therefore, if it’s not working this can result in your appliance 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 using a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will use a fan and vent to suck 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 form droplets on the crockery and cutlery instead leaving them wet.
You can utilize your user manual to check if your dishwasher uses a fan and find its location. Don’t forget to ensure the machine is disconnected before trying to make repairs.
You can look at the fan and vent to check if anything is blocking it that could stop it from operating as it should. If there is nothing obvious you can then test for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of methods you can use to increase how well your appliance dries your dishes and make sureyou need to get the drying up cloth out as infrequently as possible.
If you have checked all the above it may be a good idea to phone the professionals or perhaps replace your dishwasher.
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