Your dishwasher might be one of the best appliances in your home. It’s been designed with efficiency in mind, making it perfect for drying dishes when you don’t have the time or desire to do so.
But if you’re wondering why your dishwasher isn’t drying your dishes as well as it could be, then this is a good post for you. We’ve all been there before. You load the dishwasher with dirty dishes, turn it on and then check back 5 minutes later only to find that the dishes aren’t dry. But why is this happening? Well, there are five reasons why your dishwasher might not be drying your dishes as well as it should be, and once you know those, you can start improving the situation. So let’s get into it, and I hope you enjoy it!
1. You are not loading the dishwasher properly
You should always load the dishwasher with clean dishes, and you should make sure that the door is closed tightly. It is also important to check to see that the racks are placed appropriately.
You should make sure that the water level is also correct. You should also make sure that the water temperature is set correctly. It is also important to put the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.
You should also make sure that the machine is plugged into a proper electrical outlet. You should also make sure that you are not putting too many dishes in the dishwasher. Also, make sure that you are loading the dishwasher from top to bottom and that you are not overfilling it. Loading the dishwasher wrong can cause the dishwasher to not dry the dishes properly.
2. Not every material dries at the same rate.
Your dishwasher is capable of a lot of things, but not drying dishes isn’t usually one of them. The problem isn’t the machine, though. The actual issue is the water temperature. In order to properly dry your dishes, the dishwasher must run long enough to heat up the water to the temperature you want.
Depending on the type of dishes you have, this could mean waiting 15-30 minutes to make sure they are completely dry. For more delicate items, it may be necessary to increase the drying time to 30 minutes or more.
3. The rinsing aid has run out.
The main reason your dishwasher won’t dry your dishes is that the rinse aid has run out of water.
If you have used all the soap in your dish soap, your rinse aid has run out. It can also happen if your dishwasher doesn’t have enough soap to run through a cycle.
If your dishwasher has enough water but the rinse aid isn’t working, check your dish detergent box and the expiration date. Sometimes dishwashing detergent needs to be replenished, so look for an empty box at the store.
You can also give your dishwasher a quick spring cleaning. Unplug it, wipe the inside with a clean towel, and wash up the liquid. Run a quick rinse cycle, and you should be good to go.
If there is no rinse aid, you will need to run more cycles to dry your dishes. It might be a good idea to replace your rinse aid or at least try filling it up with water.
4. A faulty heating element
Another reason why dishes do not dry completely in the dishwasher.
One of them could be that the dishwasher’s heating element is not working properly. The electrical current needed for the heating element to be effective is supplied by a wire running through the top of the machine. If the connection between the heating element and the wires inside the machine is loose or not completely made, it may prevent the dishwasher from heating properly.
The heating element can be replaced.
It can also be repaired by tightening the screws on the top of the dishwasher that holds the heating element. It is usually found by sliding a plastic cover on the right side of the machine to reveal two screws.
5. A faulty high limit thermostat
This is one of the most common reasons that dishwashers don’t finish drying dishes or cleaning dishes.
The reason for this is that the heat source is too weak, or the high limit is too high.
Here’s how to test your high limit on a dishwasher.
1. If you have an adjustable temperature setting, turn it down until only about half of the dishes in the dishwasher are still wet.
2. Take a deep breath before starting.
3. Hold it for about five seconds.
5. Open the door to the dishwasher and observe how long it takes for the drying cycle to end.
If the drying cycle doesn’t end within about 10 minutes, you need to lower the high limit. The reason why the high limit is too high is that it is set to heat the water at the start of the cycle and keep it there. But the heat must come from somewhere; in this case, it comes from the hot water valve, which is a relatively weak source of energy.
It doesn’t matter if the high limit is at the high point on the thermostat. The high limit is either too high or not enough for the number of dishes in the dishwasher.
6. You can also try lowering the temperature of the hot water tap or try turning the tap off completely to see if the high limit is too high.