It may not be the primary function but getting your crockery and cutlery dry could in actual fact be harder for your machine than getting them clean. Plates and cups have lots of nooks and crannies that may trap dishwater making it more difficult for it to evaporate, plus as your appliance cools down water condenses out of the steam.
Dishwashers also employ a variety of different approaches to get your dishes dry. Some opt for a heating element to warm the inside of the dishwasher and assist with evaporation, some heat the water to a higher temperature near the final rinse, others use a fan, and others employ a combination of all three. There are consequently a number of reasons why your machine could not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a number 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 items that aren’t drying are predominantly plastic items.
If dishes are coming out wet you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first employ this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the issue.
Few things are more annoying than a home 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 dishes. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates here are a few places you can look to help you figure out the issue.
Not all makes and models are built to the same spec and some makes and models perform to a higher standard compared to others. But if you notice a change in how effectively your machine is working one of these faults might be the problem.
Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong with the appliance. Before assuming the appliance is broken 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.
Your appliance needs rinse aid to properly dry your crockery and cutlery therefore, if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can mean wet plates at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is check the rinse aid dispenser for damage and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your crockery and cutlery so a not working heating element might be the explanation your appliance is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your dishes don’t feel hot when they come out of the machine this can be a good indicator that the heating element is faulty.
To check the heating coil you will need to unplug the machine, find the heating coil, you might need the owners manual to do this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat ensures your machine doesn’t overheat, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. Therefore, if it’s broken this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating coil and do not uncover an issue but your machine isn’t getting hot, then the thermostat could be the problem. Once again you can test this with the help of a multimeter.
Many appliances will use a 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 hot air will remain in the dishwasher preventing the dishes from drying.
You can use your manual to ascertain if your dishwasher uses a fan and locate it. Again you need to ensure the appliance is unplugged before trying to make repairs.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to check if there is anything lodged 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 number of things you can do to boost your appliances drying ability and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as little as possible.
If this trouble shooting guide hasn’t worked it might be a good idea to call in an engineer or even replace your machine.
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