Dishwasher won't Dry The Dishes

If your dishwashers not getting the dishes dry, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken dishwasher with.

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Troubleshoot Why A Dishwashers Not Drying With These 3 – Steps

Step-1. Heating Element

A heating element is used on some dishwasher models to help dry the dishes.  If your dishes are not dry at the end of the drying cycle, you will need to test the heating element for continuity using a multimeter or an analog meter, if the test shows the element has continuity it is good.  If the element does not have continuity, it is faulty and is more than likely the reason why your dishwasher won’t dry the dishes..

Step-2. Drying Fan

Many newer model dishwashers use a vented drying fan to aid in drying the dishes during the drying cycle.  If your dishwasher isn’t drying the dishes, examine the fan vent, if the vent is not functioning properly the hot steam in the dishwasher will not be able to escape.  If the vent is working properly, it could be that the drying fan motor is bad.  You will need to test the drying fan motor for continuity with a test meter, If the test shows that the motor has continuity it is good.  If it does not show continuity, the motor is bad and will need to be replaced with a new fan motor to fix the problem.

Step-3. Limit Switch


The limit switch is used on dishwasher models that use a heating element for drying.  The limit switch is a safety device used to shut the power off to the heating element if it gets to hot.  You can test the limit switch for continuity using an analog or multimeter , If the limit switch does not have continuity, the part is bad and will need to be replaced with a new switch.

Troubleshooting tip – A test meter can be a real time and money saver while troubleshooting the numerous electrical parts on a dishwasher.  Electrical parts can be diagnosed either bad or good quickly, instead of assuming that a dishwasher’s electrical part is faulty and replacing it, only to find out that the part wasn’t bad and the problem lies elsewhere with another broken dishwasher part.  If you don’t have a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased reasonably cheap online or from one of your local hardware stores.

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