It may not be the primary function but drying your crockery and cutlery might really be more difficult for your machine than cleaning them. Dishes and cups have lots of crevices that can collect water preventing it from evaporating, plus as your appliance loses heat water droplets form from the steam.
Dishwashers also utilize a variety of different methods to get your crockery and cutlery dry. Some opt for a heating element to warm the inside of the machine and assist with evaporation, some heat up the water more approaching the end of the cycle, some employ a fan, and certain models employ a combination of all of these. There are thus a variety 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 cools down more quickly hindering the drying process, so it’s worth taking note whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If your dishwasher isn’t drying effectively you can enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first employ this troubleshooting list 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 your dishwasher to discover wet plates here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you figure out why.
Not all appliances are created equal and you will find that some dishwashers perform to a superior standard compared to others. But if you notice a change in how well your machine is working one of these areas might be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the dishwasher. Before assuming the dishwasher is faulty you should look at how it has been stacked, ensuring it isn’t too full. It’s also worth noting that plastics don’t dry as well as metal, glass or ceramics.
Your machine needs rinse aid to properly dry your dishes and so if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is faulty this can result in wet crockery and cutlery at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is inspect the dispenser for cracks and check that it’s full.
Heat is essential for drying your plates so a faulty heating element might be the explanation your dishwasher is not drying plates. If your plates aren’t hot when they come out of the machine this can indicate that the heating coil is broken.
To inspect the heating coil first disconnect the dishwasher, then find the heating coil, you may need the owners manual to do this, and use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your machine doesn’t overheat, adjusting the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s faulty this can result in your appliance not heating up at all.
If the heating coil seems to be in working order but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat may be at fault. Once again you can check this with the help of a multimeter.
Many machines will utilize 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 condense on the plates instead leaving them wet.
You can employ your manual to find out if your machine uses a fan and locate it. Again you need to double check the dishwasher is disconnected before trying to make repairs.
First visually inspect the fan and vent to check if there is anything lodged that could prevent it from operating as it is supposed to. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of methods you can use to increase how well your machine dries your dishes and prevent you needing to dry them by hand as little as possible.
If this trouble shooting guide hasn’t worked it could be necessary to phone an engineer or perhaps upgrade your dishwasher.
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