It turns out drying your plates may really be more arduous for your machine than getting them clean. Plates and cups have lots of nooks and crannies that may pool dishwater stopping it from evaporating, and as your machine cools water condenses from the humid air.
Different machines also make use of a number of means to dry your plates. Certain models opt for a heating element to warm the inside of the dishwasher and help the water to evaporate, some heat up the water to a higher temperature near the final rinse, certain models employ a fan, and some employ a combination of all of these. There are consequently a number of reasons why your machine might not be drying dishes optimally and a variety of things you can do to rectify the situation.
Plastic is less likely to dry fully than glass or ceramics as it cools down more quickly hindering 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 call a dishwasher repair service or first use this troubleshooting guide to figure out what the issue is and with any luck fix it.
There is nothing more frustrating 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 plates. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you figure out the problem.
Not all makes and models are built to the same spec and you will find that some appliances do a better job of drying your dishes than others. However, if you notice a change in how well your dishwasher is working one of these faults could be the cause.
It might be that there is no fault with the appliance. Before assuming the appliance is broken you should look at how it has been stacked, ensuring it isn’t overloaded. It’s also worth noting that plastics are more difficult to dry than metal, glass or ceramics.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your plates and so if you’ve forgotten to top up or the rinse aid dispenser is not working this can result in wet crockery and cutlery at the end of the cycle.
The best thing to do is check the dispenser for damage and ensure that it’s full.
Without enough heat your crockery and cutlery will not dry so a faulty heating element may be the explanation your machine is not drying plates. If your crockery and cutlery don’t feel 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 element first unplug the machine, then find the heating coil, you might need the owners manual for this, then 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 the heating coil appears to be in working order but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat might be the problem. Again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many machines will utilize a drying fan and vent to suck moist air out of the dishwasher. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the steam will remain in the dishwasher preventing the dishes from drying.
You can utilize your instruction manual to ascertain if your appliance has a fan and locate it. Don’t forget to ensure the appliance is unplugged before trying to make repairs.
First look at the fan and vent to see if there is anything lodged that would stop it from operating correctly. 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 might be time to phone an engineer or even replace your machine.
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