It may not be the primary function but getting your plates dry might in actual fact be harder for your machine than cleaning them. Dishes and glasses have lots of nooks and crannies that may collect water preventing it from drying out, thus as your dishwasher cools water droplets form from the humid air.
Different machines also utilize a variety of methods to get your dishes dry. Some will employ a heating coil to heat up the inside of the dishwasher and assist the water to evaporate, some heat the water further nearing the final rinse, others make use of a fan, and others use a combination of all three. There are consequently a variety of reasons why your machine may not be drying dishes optimally and a number of options to rectify the situation.
Plastic items are less likely to dry fully than glass or ceramics 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 call a dishwasher repair service or first make use of 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 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 crockery and cutlery. If you open the dishwasher to wet plates here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you figure out why.
Not all appliances are created equal and some dishwashers do a better job of drying your plates than others. But if if your dishwasher has always dried your crockery and cutlery in the past one of these faults may be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the machine. Before assuming the machine is not working you should look at how it has been stacked, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. Also be aware that plastics are more difficult to dry than metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your plates therefore, if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can mean wet dishes at the end of the cycle.
Visually inspect the dispenser for cracks and ensure that there is rinse aid inside.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a faulty heating coil could be the explanation your dishwasher is not working as it should. If your dishes aren’t hot when they come out of the machine this can mean that the heating coil is broken.
To check the heating coil first unplug the dishwasher, then find the heating coil, you may need the manual to do this, and check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat ensures your machine doesn’t overheat, adjusting the heat of the water and air during drying. However, if it’s not working this can result in your machine not heating up at all.
If you check the heating coil and do not uncover an fault but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat may be the problem. Again you can make sure with the help of a multimeter.
Many appliances will utilize a drying fan and vent to remove the warm moist air from the dishwasher. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the water vapor will condense on the plates instead preventing them from drying.
You can use your user manual to ascertain if your appliance uses a fan and find its location. Again you need to make sure the appliance is disconnected before trying to make repairs.
You can look at the fan and vent to check if there is anything lodged that could prevent it from functioning as it should. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of things you can do to improve 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 may be a good idea to call in an engineer or even buy a new machine.
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