It turns out getting your plates dry could actually be harder for your dishwasher than getting them clean. Crockery and cutlery and glasses have multiple nooks and crannies that can pool water making it more difficult for it to dry out, thus as your appliance cools down water droplets form from the steam.
Dishwashers also make use of a number of different methods to get your plates dry. Certain models will employ a heating coil to warm the inside of the dishwasher and assist with evaporation, some heat up the water further nearing the final rinse, certain models employ a fan, and certain models use a mix of all three. There are consequently a number of reasons why your dishwasher may not be drying plates fully and a number of options to rectify 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 dishes are coming out wet you can enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first use this troubleshooting guide to figure out what the problem is and with any luck fix it.
Few things are more annoying than an appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, regardless of whether its a smartphone, air conditioner 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 why.
Not all dishwashers are created equal and you will find that some appliances do a better job of drying your crockery and cutlery than others. However, if you notice a change in how well your dishwasher is working one of these areas could be the problem.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the appliance is faulty you should look at how it has been loaded, ensuring it isn’t too full. It’s also worth noting that plastic items don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your appliance needs rinse aid to properly dry your plates and so if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can stop your crockery and cutlery coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is check the dispenser for cracks and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your plates so a faulty heating coil may be the reason your dishwasher is not working as it should. If your crockery and cutlery don’t feel hot to touch when they come out of the machine this can indicate that the heating coil isn’t working as it should.
To inspect the heating coil you will need to unplug the dishwasher, locate the heating coil, you could need the manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your appliance doesn’t get too hot, determining the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s not working this can result in your dishwasher not heating up at all.
If the heating coil seems to be in working order but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be at fault. Once again you can test this using a multimeter.
Many appliances will make use of 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 water vapor will remain in the appliance preventing the dishes from drying.
You can make use of your user manual to find out if your dishwasher has a fan and locate it. Again you need to make sure the machine is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to ascertain 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 how well your machine dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as little as possible.
If you have checked all the above it could be time to call in the professionals or even replace your dishwasher.
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