It turns out getting your crockery and cutlery dry could actually be more arduous for your dishwasher than getting them clean. Dishes and cups have lots of nooks and crannies that could collect water preventing it from evaporating, and as your appliance loses heat water droplets form from the steam.
Dishwashers also utilize a variety of different methods to get your dishes dry. Some will use a heating coil to heat up the air in the dishwasher and help with evaporation, some heat up the water to a higher temperature nearing the end of the cycle, some employ a fan, and others employ a mix of all three. There are thus a variety of explanations why your machine may not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a number of things you can do to improve 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 dishes are coming out wet you can call a dishwasher repair service or first utilize this troubleshooting guide to help you identify and rectify the issue.
There is nothing more irritating than a home appliance that doesn’t work as it should, regardless of whether its a smartphone, washing machine or dishwasher we expect them to do the job they were made for. 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 some dishwashers perform to a better standard compared to others. However, if you notice a change in how effectively your dishwasher is working one of these areas may be the problem.
It might be that there is no fault 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. 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’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is broken this can stop your crockery and cutlery coming out properly dry.
Visually check the rinse aid dispenser for damage and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your plates so a faulty heating coil might be the explanation your machine is not working as it should. If your crockery and cutlery aren’t hot to touch at the end of the cycle this can indicate that the heating element isn’t working as it should.
To inspect the heating element you will need to disconnect the appliance, find the heating element, you could need the owners manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat prevents your machine getting too hot, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s broken this can result in your machine not reaching a high enough temperature.
If you check the heating coil and do not discover an fault 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 dishwashers will make use of a drying 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 steam will remain in the dishwasher preventing the plates from drying.
You can employ your user manual to check if your machine has a fan and locate it. Don’t forget to double check the appliance is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
You can visually inspect the fan and vent to see if anything is blocking it that might stop 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 variety of things you can do to boost your appliances drying ability and ensure you need to get the drying up cloth out as infrequently as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it may be time to call in the professionals or perhaps buy a new dishwasher.
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