It turns out getting your crockery and cutlery dry could in actual fact be harder for your machine than removing the dirt. Crockery and cutlery and glasses have multiple nooks and crannies that can pool dishwater stopping it from evaporating, plus as your dishwasher cools water droplets form from the humid air.
Different machines also make use of a number of methods to get your crockery and cutlery dry. Certain models will use a heating element to heat up the air in the dishwasher and help with evaporation, some heat up the water further approaching the final rinse, certain models make use of a fan, and certain models employ a combination of all of these. There are consequently a number of explanations why your machine could not be drying plates fully and a number of things you can do to improve 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 seeing whether the items that aren’t drying are predominantly plastic items.
If your dishwasher doesn’t seem to be drying properly you can enlist the help of 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 annoying than a home appliance that doesn’t work 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 crockery and cutlery. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates here are a few places you can look to help you figure out the problem.
Not all makes and models are created equal and you will find that some dishwashers perform to a superior standard compared to others. However, if if your dishwasher has always dried your dishes in the past one of these issues may be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the machine. Before assuming the appliance is faulty you should first check that you haven’t overfilled it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. Also be aware that plastics are more difficult to dry than metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your crockery and cutlery therefore, if you have run out of rinse aid or your rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can stop your crockery and cutlery coming out properly dry.
Visually inspect the dispenser for cracks and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your dishes so a not working heating element could be the reason your machine is not working as it should. If your crockery and cutlery don’t feel hot 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 element first unplug the appliance, then locate the heating element, you might need the owners manual to do this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat stops your dishwasher overheating, regulating the heat of the water and air during drying. However, if it’s broken this can mean your dishwasher doesn’t heat up at all.
If the heating coil seems to be in working order but your dishwasher isn’t getting hot, then the thermostat could be at fault. Once again you can make sure with the help of a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will employ 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 water vapor will condense on the dishes instead leaving them wet.
You can make use of your user manual to check if your appliance has a fan and locate it. Again you need to ensure the appliance is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
You can visually inspect the fan and vent to check if anything is blocking it that could stop 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 improve how well your dishwasher dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as infrequently as possible.
If this trouble shooting guide hasn’t worked it could be time to call in the professionals or even replace your dishwasher.
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