It may not be the primary function but drying your crockery and cutlery might really be harder for your machine than removing the dirt. Dishes and glassware have lots of nooks and crannies that may pool dishwater stopping it from drying out, and as your machine cools down water droplets form out of the steam.
Different machines also utilize a variety of different means to dry your dishes. Some opt for a heating coil to warm the air in the dishwasher and assist with evaporation, some warm the water further nearing the end of the cycle, some employ a fan, and certain models have a mix of all of these. There are thus a number of explanations why your machine may not be drying crockery and cutlery fully and a variety of options to improve the situation.
Plastic items are less likely to dry fully than other materials as it cools down more quickly hindering the drying process, so it’s worth taking note whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If dishes are coming out wet you can enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first utilize this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the problem.
Few things are more annoying than an 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 here are a few places you can look to help you figure out the problem.
Not all appliances are created equal and you will find that some makes and models do a better job of drying your dishes than others. But if you notice a change in how effectively your machine is working one of these faults could be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the machine is faulty you should first check that you haven’t overfilled it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. Also be aware that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your dishwasher needs rinse aid to properly dry your dishes therefore, if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can stop your plates coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is inspect the dispenser for cracks and check that it’s full.
Heat is essential for drying your dishes so a broken heating coil could be the reason your machine is not drying dishes. If your plates aren’t hot when they come out of the machine this can be a good indicator that the heating coil is broken.
To check the heating element first unplug the dishwasher, then find the heating coil, you may need the manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat stops your machine overheating, adjusting the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. Therefore, if it’s faulty this can result in your appliance not reaching a high enough temperature.
If the heating coil seems to be working as it should but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be at fault. Once again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many machines will utilize a 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 steam will condense on the crockery and cutlery instead preventing them from drying.
You can make use of your instruction manual to ascertain if your appliance uses a fan and find its location. Don’t forget to make sure the machine is disconnected before attempting to access the fan.
First look at the fan and vent to ascertain if anything is blocking it that would prevent it from functioning as it is supposed to. And again testing 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 sure you need to get the drying up cloth out as infrequently as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it may be a good idea to phone an engineer or perhaps replace your dishwasher.
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