It may not be the primary function but drying your crockery and cutlery may actually be harder for your machine than cleaning them. Crockery and cutlery and glasses have lots of nooks and crannies that can trap water stopping it from evaporating, and as your appliance loses heat water condenses from the steam.
Different machines also utilize a number of different means to dry your dishes. Certain models opt for a heating element to warm the inside of the dishwasher and help the water to evaporate, some heat the water more approaching the end of the cycle, others use 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 crockery and cutlery optimally and a variety of things you can do to rectify the situation.
Plastic is less likely to dry fully than other materials as it doesn’t retain heat in the same way which helps with the drying process, so it’s worth noting whether the items that aren’t drying are predominantly plastic items.
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 help you identify and rectify the problem.
There is nothing more annoying than an appliance that isn’t working 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 removing the dirt from or drying your dishes. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates here are a number of places you can look to help you figure out the problem.
Not all dishwashers are created equal and you will find that some dishwashers do a better job of drying your dishes than others. But 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 machine. Before assuming the appliance is broken you should look at how it has been stacked, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastics don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your plates thus, if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is broken this can result in wet crockery and cutlery at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is inspect the rinse aid dispenser for damage and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your crockery and cutlery so a broken heating element may be the reason your appliance is not drying crockery and cutlery. If your crockery and cutlery aren’t hot when they come out of the machine this can be a good indicator that the heating element isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating coil first disconnect the appliance, then locate the heating element, you might need the manual for this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your appliance doesn’t overheat, 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 heating up at all.
If the heating coil seems to be working as it should but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be the issue. Again you can make sure with the help of a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will utilize a drying fan and vent to suck moist air out of the machine. If either of these elements are broken then the water vapor will remain in the appliance preventing the plates from drying.
You can make use of your user manual to check if your appliance uses a fan and locate it. Don’t forget to make sure the dishwasher is unplugged before attempting to make repairs.
First look at the fan and vent to check if there is anything lodged that would stop it from functioning correctly. If there is nothing obvious you can then test for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to increase how well your machine dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as infrequently as possible.
If none of the above solves the problem it could be a good idea to phone an engineer or perhaps buy a new machine.
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