Dishwashers are powerful machines that clean dishes, but they also dry them. This process becomes more critical as your Whirlpool dishwasher leaves the dirty pots and pans wet after finishing its cycle–a problem many homeowners struggle with! We’ll discuss common causes for this issue, like improper loading or incorrect settings, so you can fix it quickly yourself.
Wondering why does my Whirlpool dishwasher is not dry dishes?
If you’re thinking about getting your Whirlpool dishwasher serviced, there are a few simple modifications you can make first to avoid wasting money.
Dishes Not Loaded Properly
The most common reasons a Whirlpool dishwasher doesn’t dry correctly are overloading and incorrect loading. Overloading may be avoided by providing sufficient area for air to flow between each object. For improved drying, we also recommend using these rack-by-rack loading instructions:
- Top Rack: For improved rinsing, put glasses and dishes upside down. This encourages faster and more efficient drying.
- Bottom Rack: Make sure silverware does not touch and is facing for improved cleaning and air circulation.
- Silverware basket: If they nest, use spoons, forks, and knives on alternate sides. Place one thing in each compartment if the silverware basket has separate compartments.
Wrong Order Unloading
When it comes to keeping dishes clean, you’ll be relieved to know that the same techniques can also be used for loading. If your Whirlpool dishwasher leaves plates damp, unload the bottom shelf first. Unloading the top rack before unloading the bottom protects any water on top from falling onto the objects beneath it.
Drying Plastic Items
A Whirlpool dishwasher may not be drying dishes because of an overabundance of plastic goods. Plastic isn’t as heat-retaining as glass, ceramic, or other materials. This implies that even after a typical dishwashing cycle, plastic objects will be damp.
Reduce the number of plastic items in a cycle or opt to hand-wash them if you want your dishes to dry faster.
Adding Rinse Aid
Rinse aid’s primary purpose is to assist with rinsing. However, it also does so by changing the form of water droplets. It accomplishes this by altering the structure of water droplets such that they run efficiently off glasses and dishware. This increases drying efficiency by reducing the amount of remaining water that a drying cycle must remove.
Try adding a rinse aid to your dishwasher’s rinse compartment before each wash cycle to improve its drying capability. Our experts will even give you a FREE sample of Finish® dishwasher detergent tabs and rinse aid if you want us to! Just ask your expert for an example while service is being performed to see how it might enhance the drying performance of your dishwasher.
Heated Dry Not Selected
Is your Whirlpool dishwasher not heating the laundry properly? Before a wash cycle begins, make sure you choose the heated dry option. This function before the machine starts ensures that the heating element is prepared for usage at the right time in the wash cycle.
Broken Whirlpool Dishwasher Parts
If none of the solutions below work, it’s likely that one of your dishwasher components is broken. When a dishwasher’s drying mechanism malfunctions, these parts are usually to blame:
- Failed vent: After a wash cycle, some dishwashers use a vent to release damp air. If the vent isn’t opened correctly, moisture will be trapped on the dishes. A damaged vent must be replaced.
- Broken fan motor: A fan is usually used to send moist air through the vent and off the dishes in a dishwasher vent system. If the fan blades don’t turn freely or if there’s no electrical connection between the motor and its controller, it’s time to replace the motor.
- Defective Heating Element: Dishwashers with heating elements are used to dry the dishes after they’ve been washed. If your dishwasher’s heating element does not function properly, your dishes will remain wet. It must be replaced if multimeter testing of the heating element reveals a lack of continuity.
Allow Moore Appliance Service to be your one-stop-shop for all of your dishwasher repair needs. When your Whirlpool dishwasher fails to remove food properly or has any other issue, get in touch with them now.
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