It may not be the primary function but drying your plates may actually be more difficult for your machine than removing the dirt. Plates and cups have multiple crevices that can collect dishwater making it more difficult for it to evaporate, and as your appliance cools water droplets form from the humid air.
Different machines also utilize a number of methods to dry your crockery and cutlery. Some will employ a heating element to warm the air in the dishwasher and assist with evaporation, some warm the water more near the end of the cycle, others have a fan, and others make use of a mix of all of these. There are thus a number of explanations why your machine might not be drying crockery and cutlery optimally and a number of things you can do 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 enlist the help of a dishwasher repair service or first utilize this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the problem.
Few things are more frustrating than an appliance that doesn’t work as it’s meant to, regardless of whether its a smartphone, washing machine or dishwasher we expect them to do the job they were designed for. 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 built to the same spec and some appliances do a better job of drying your plates than others. But if you notice a change in how well your machine is working one of these areas may be the problem.
Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong with the machine. Before assuming the appliance is not working 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.
Rinse aid plays a key role in drying your plates thus, if you have run out of rinse aid or your rinse aid dispenser is not working this can result in wet dishes at the end of the cycle.
Visually inspect the dispenser for damage and ensure that it’s full.
Without enough heat your dishes will not dry so a faulty heating element may be the explanation your machine is not working as it should. If your crockery and cutlery don’t feel hot to touch when they come out of the machine this can be a good indicator that the heating element is broken.
To check the heating coil first unplug the appliance, then find the heating element, you might need the owners manual to do this, then check for continuity using a multimeter.
The thermostat ensures your dishwasher doesn’t get too hot, determining the temperature of the water and the drying part of the cycle. However, if it’s not working this can mean your machine doesn’t heat up at all.
If you check the heating coil and do not discover an fault but there’s still no heat, then the thermostat could be the problem. Once again you can make sure using a multimeter.
Many machines will make use of a drying fan and vent to remove the warm moist air out of the machine. If the fan isn’t operating as is should or the vent is blocked then the hot air will remain in the appliance preventing the plates from drying.
You can make use of your manual to ascertain if your dishwasher uses a fan and locate it. Again you need to double check the appliance is disconnected before attempting to make repairs.
First look at the fan and vent to check if anything is blocking it that would prevent it from working as it should. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a variety of methods you can use to increase how well your appliance 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 necessary to call in the professionals or perhaps buy a new machine.
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