It may not be the primary function but getting your plates dry might in actual fact be harder for your machine than getting them clean. Plates and glasses have multiple crevices that can trap dishwater making it more difficult for it to evaporate, and as your dishwasher loses heat water droplets form from the steam.
Different machines also employ a number of methods to get your plates dry. Some will have a heating coil to heat up the inside of the dishwasher and help the water to evaporate, some heat the water to a higher temperature near the end of the cycle, some make use of a fan, and some make use of a mix of all of these. There are thus a variety of reasons why your dishwasher may not be drying crockery and cutlery fully and a variety of options to improve 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 seeing whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be drying effectively you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first make use of this troubleshooting guide to figure out what the problem is and with any luck fix it.
Few things are more frustrating than a home appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, regardless of whether its a smartphone, washing machine or dishwasher we expect them to do the job they were designed for. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates there are a few places you can look to help you figure out the issue.
Not all dishwashers are created equal and some dishwashers do a better job of drying your crockery and cutlery than others. However, if you notice a change in how effectively your dishwasher is working one of these issues may be the problem.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the appliance is not working you should look at how it has been loaded, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastic items are more difficult to dry than metal, glass or ceramics.
Your dishwasher needs rinse aid to properly dry your dishes and so if you have run out of rinse aid or your rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can result in wet crockery and cutlery at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is check the rinse aid dispenser for damage and ensure that it’s full.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a broken heating coil could be the reason your machine is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your crockery and cutlery aren’t hot at the end of the cycle this can indicate that the heating element is broken.
To inspect the heating coil first disconnect the machine, then locate the heating element, you could need the instruction manual to do this, then check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat ensures your machine doesn’t get too hot, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s not working this can mean your appliance doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating element and do not discover an issue but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat may 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 from the appliance. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the water vapor will remain in the machine preventing the plates from drying.
You can utilize your instruction manual to ascertain if your appliance uses a fan and find its location. Don’t forget to ensure the appliance is unplugged before trying to make repairs.
First look at the fan and vent to ascertain if anything is blocking it that would prevent it from functioning correctly. If there is nothing obvious you can then test for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of things you can do to increase how well your appliance dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as little as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it could be necessary to call in the professionals or perhaps buy a new dishwasher.
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