Dishwasher is Not Drying Dishes

Dishwasher is Not Drying Dishes If your dishes are coming out of your dishwasher wet after the heat dry cycle is complete, then there could be a problem with the heating element, high limit thermostat or even how the dishes are loaded.

Electrolux Dishwasher Heating Element 154825001

Electrolux Dishwasher Heating Element 154825001

Heating Element

Some dishwashers have a visible heating element located at the bottom of the tub which helps heat the air inside the dishwasher to evaporate water and dry the dishes. If your dishes are coming out cold and wet immediately after the heat-dry cycle, then there may be an issue with the heating element.

To do this, you will need to remove the dishwasher from under the counter in order to access the heating element terminals located under the dishwasher. This will also involve turning off the water and electricity to the appliance and removing connections, hoses and screws in order to remove the dishwasher from under the counter.

Remove the heating element and test the part for continuity using a multimeter. Also check the terminal ends and wires for any visible scorch marks or defects.  Replace the defective heating element.

Electrolux Dishwasher Thermostat 154290204

Electrolux Dishwasher Thermostat 154290204

High Limit Thermostat

The high limit thermostat is a safety device that prevents the dishwasher from overheating. It may be defective and prevent the heating element from turning on during the dry heat cycle. Test the part with a multimeter for continuity. It should read closed at room temperature.

How to Get Dryer Dishes From the Dishwasher

  1. Allow more space between dishes to allow more air and water circulation.
  2. Use a rinse aid to prevent spotting and enhance drying.
  3. If your dishwasher does not already pop open the door at the end of its cycle, open the dishwasher door to allow moist air to escape. Allow a few extra minutes for the dishes to cool and dry before putting them away.
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