You might tolerate it for days, weeks or even months, but few chores are more annoying than drying your clean dishes by hand. Leftover water on dishes can evaporate into unsightly stains and foster the growth of mold, demanding work from you that your dishwasher should be doing. Before you scrap your appliance and go buy a new one, however, consider these possible solutions to your problem.
Loading Dishes Efficiently
Some of the most common mistakes people make when loading up a dishwasher can also lead to excess water collection. Placing bowls, cups and other dishes upside down in the washer allows water to travel downward and out, when it would otherwise get trapped at the bottom. Load dishes so that they are packed efficiently, but not so close that humid air and droplets cannot escape. Similarly, glass dries out faster than plastic because glass heats up more quickly. Running the two materials through separate loads can ensure that everything dries at an even pace.
Using the Right Settings
Eco-conscious manufacturers often recommend that their machines be run on their lowest settings, but they may simply not be enough to adequately wash your dishes. Try increasing the heat and duration of your washer cycle by increments, until you find the least-intensive setting that still manages to dry them. If your machine still cannot dry its contents at its highest setting, you are probably dealing with a blocked or broken part.
Monitoring the Heat Vent
When your dishwasher is finished rinsing dirty dishes, it must vent away the humid air and allow drier air to take its place. This vent typically remains closed until it is needed, but sometimes it becomes stuck or blocked. If you open your dishwasher after a full cycle and are blasted in the face by hot, damp air, you may be dealing with a malfunctioning vent. Check throughout the cycle to see when the vent opens and when it is closed. If it never opens or does not seem to be channeling air, you may need to hire a kitchen repair specialist to diagnose and replace the malfunctioning part.
Inspecting the Heating Element
Scouring old food off of plates demands high temperatures, and occasionally, a dishwasher's heating element will burn out under the pressure. Halt your dishwasher during its cycle. If your dishes remain cold and dripping throughout, you will need to replace the heating element or find the electrical malfunction preventing its warming. This can be difficult and potentially dangerous, so it may be easier and more cost-effective to bring in an expert, who may also spot additional issues and repair them before they can become a future nuisance.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Aumenta Plumbing & Heating Co. or a similar company.