It may not be the primary function but drying your plates may really be more arduous for your dishwasher than removing the dirt. Crockery and cutlery and cups have lots of crevices that can collect water preventing it from drying out, thus as your appliance loses heat water condenses out of the steam.
Dishwashers also utilize a number of different methods to get your plates dry. Some will use a heating element to warm the inside of the dishwasher and assist the water to evaporate, some heat the water to a higher temperature approaching the final rinse, some make use of a fan, and others have a mix of all of these. There are thus a number of explanations why your dishwasher might not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a variety of things you can do to rectify the situation.
Plastic items are more difficult to dry than other materials as it doesn’t retain heat in the same way which helps with 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 effectively you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first use this troubleshooting list to figure out what the issue is and with any luck fix it.
Few things are more annoying than an appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, 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 issue.
Not all appliances are created equal and some makes and models perform to a better standard compared to others. However, if if your dishwasher has always dried your plates in the past one of these issues might be the cause.
Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong with the machine. Before assuming the machine is faulty you should look at how it has been loaded, ensuring it isn’t too full. Also be aware that plastic items are more difficult to dry than metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your plates thus, if you have run out of rinse aid or the rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can stop your plates coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is check the dispenser for cracks and ensure that it’s full.
Heat is essential for drying your dishes so a faulty heating coil might be the explanation your appliance is not drying plates. If your dishes aren’t hot to touch at the end of the cycle this can mean that the heating coil isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating coil you will need to unplug the dishwasher, find the heating element, you could need the owners manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat stops your dishwasher overheating, regulating the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s broken this can result in your appliance not reaching a high enough temperature.
If the heating element appears to be working as it should but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be at fault. Once again you can test this with the help of a multimeter.
Many dishwashers will make use of a fan and vent to suck moist air from the machine. If either of these elements are broken then the water vapor will remain in the appliance preventing the crockery and cutlery from drying.
You can make use of your manual to find out if your appliance uses a fan and locate it. Don’t forget to make sure the machine is disconnected before trying to access the fan.
First look at the fan and vent to see if there is anything lodged that could stop it from operating correctly. If there is nothing obvious you can then test for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of methods you can use to increase your dishwashers 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 phone the professionals or even buy a new dishwasher.
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