Top Tips for Getting Dry Dishes from Your New Dishwasher in Southern Maryland

Categories: Dishwashers

Dry Dishes in a New Dishwasher

“Why isn’t my new dishwasher drying my dishes?” This is a question we sometimes hear from customers who are transitioning from older dishwasher models to a new energy-efficient unit. Modern dishwashers are subject to strict government regulations for energy consumption, and as such are designed with energy efficiency and noise reduction as the top priorities. That means that the drying components on new dishwashers don’t quite measure up to the dishwashers of old. However, the benefits of a new dishwasher far outweigh holding on to your old one –cleaner dishes overall, more cycles to choose from, lower energy costs, and less noise being chief among them. And with a little knowledge, you can increase the chances that your dishes will come out of the unit dry!

Before Operation

The way you load your dishes into the unit has a significant impact on how well it will be able to clean, as well as dry, them. Place your pots, pans, and plates on the bottom rack and facing the source of water so that these dishes absorb as much spray as possible. In most units, this water source will be located in the center of the machine. Load your cups and bowls on the top rack with the openings facing downward. This prevents them from collecting water during the cycle.

Most importantly, leave space between your dishes – don’t overfill it. It’s tempting to try and get as many dirty dishes clean as possible in a single cycle, but keep in mind that overfilling your machine will make the cleaning and drying of your dishes uneven. Finally, it helps to turn your kitchen sink water on to hot before pressing the start button on your unit. Doing this allows for the water coming into your unit to start coming in at 120 degrees, meaning the final temperature of your wash water will be hotter and reach condensation faster.

During Operation

The main thing you can do for your dishes during operation is ensuring that you used a rinse aid. This liquid is a drying agent that helps make your dishes hydrophobic, or water-repellent. It helps break up the bonds between water molecules and your dishes and also helps glassware from becoming cloudy.

After Operation

At the end of a cycle, leave the door of the dishwasher open to a crack for a few minutes. This allows the moist air trapped within to escape. Some dishwasher models will even do this automatically. Next, unload your dishes starting with the bottom rack. This will help prevent the needless dripping of any excess water from the dishes on the top to the ones on the bottom.


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