It may not be the primary function but getting your plates dry might actually be more difficult for your machine than cleaning them. Crockery and cutlery and glassware have lots of nooks and crannies that may pool water making it more difficult for it to evaporate, plus as your appliance loses heat water droplets form out of the steam.
Different machines also employ a variety of means to dry your crockery and cutlery. Certain models will have a heating element to heat up the inside of the machine and help the water to evaporate, some heat up the water to a higher temperature approaching the final rinse, certain models use a fan, and others have a mix of all three. There are therefore a number of reasons why your machine might not be drying dishes fully and a variety of options 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 taking note whether the drying issue is related to the material rather than the machine.
If dishes are coming out wet you can hire a dishwasher repair service or first make use of this troubleshooting list to help you identify and rectify the issue.
There is nothing 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 dishes. If you open your dishwasher to discover wet plates there are a few places you can look to help you figure out the problem.
Not all appliances are built to the same spec and you will find that some makes and models do a better job of drying your plates than others. But if if your dishwasher has always dried your dishes in the past one of these areas may be the cause.
Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong with the dishwasher. Before assuming the appliance is faulty you should first check that you haven’t overloaded it or accidentally stacked items one inside the other. 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 broken this can stop your plates coming out properly dry.
The best thing to do is inspect the rinse aid dispenser for damage and check that there is rinse aid inside.
Heat is essential for drying your crockery and cutlery so a not working heating element might be the reason 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 element isn’t working as it should.
To check the heating element first unplug the appliance, then locate the heating element, you might need the owners manual to do this, then use a multimeter to check it’s working.
The thermostat ensures your appliance doesn’t get too hot, adjusting the heat of the water and air during drying. Therefore, if it’s broken this can result in your machine not reaching a high enough temperature.
If the heating coil appears to be working as it should but your appliance isn’t getting hot, then the thermostat may be the problem. Again you can check this using a multimeter.
Many machines will use a 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 machine preventing the dishes from drying.
You can make use of your user manual to check if your machine has a fan and find its location. Again you need to double check the appliance is unplugged before attempting to access the fan.
First look at the fan and vent to see if anything is blocking it that could stop it from operating as it is supposed to. And again testing for continuity using a multimeter.
There are a number of methods you can use to boost how well your dishwasher 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 a good idea to call in an engineer or perhaps buy a new machine.
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