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Why Is My Dishwasher Wet Inside? (All You Need to Know)

A dishwasher is a necessity if we have a household of many people and there are always a lot of dishes to be done each night. Dishwasher helps save us time and energy. This is a product that has high value.

The machine works by heating the water to a particular temperature and then starts with the sensors sensing how dirty the dishware is. Then a detergent is released along with the heated water onto the appliance.

All of those components work in tandem and the hot water and detergent are sprayed with rotating arms covering all the area around the dishwasher. After that, all the debris and dirty water that has been collected and cleaned by the machine drains away.

Finally, the dishwasher goes into a drying cycle. Sometimes we end up finding the dishware and the inside of the machine still wet. We are here to shed some light on why that is the case; keep reading below to know more.

6 reasons for dishwasher wet inside:

There is a multitude of reasons why the dishwasher could be wet inside. Here are the 6 common reasons why it could be wet inside, Opening the door too soon, Heating Element Faulty, Drain Pump not working, Drain Hose Blockage, Drain Filter Blockage and finally The Rinse Aid could be out.

Usually, the opening of the dishwasher will allow a burst of cool air to enter. That air meets with the hot air inside of the dishwasher. This in turn will create steam and that steam will re-condensate.

This condensation ultimately will land on our dishes and sometimes it just stays there even after the drying cycle is completed. That is why we are left with dishes that are still wet even after the dry cycle and the dishwasher inside also remains wet.

Damaged heating element:

The heating element could be damaged. This particular component has two major functions. The dishwasher uses its first function to heat the incoming wash water to an ideal temperature.

The second function of the Heating Element is that it acts as a catalyst for the dry cycle after the washing of the dishes is complete. The component simply removes any kind of water from the dishes.

We can easily find the faulty component by doing a test run and checking to see if the dishes are wet and cold.

If they are wet and cold then our heating element is faulty for sure. If they are warm and dry then the heating element is working fine.

Faulty rinse aid:

Rinse Aid could be out and it does not require any kind of repair. We can simply check if the dishwasher as the rinse aid simply helps to properly dry the dishware in the dry cycle.

Over time the rinse aid will wear out. Since it helps water slide down in a natural way, this component is not as important as the Heating Element and does not require any attention.

Darin filter blockage:

Drain Filter Blockage is a serious issue where food particles from our dishes could end up in this drain filter.

This in turn will create blockages in the system and the filter is there specifically to prevent clogs deep in the system.

Checking the dishwasher every 6 months or so will help us identify if there are any blockages in the drain filter system. This issue will lead to a slow drainage system in the main process of dishwashing and ultimately ruin the drying cycle.

Faulty drain pump:

Drain Pump not working properly can lead to the dishwasher dishing out dishes that are still wet. This pump has a crucial job of cleaning the wash and rinsing the water down the drain.

However, in the case that it might not be functioning correctly, we can identify that by checking if the water drainage is not complete all the way.

There is another way of identifying the problem if it exists, and that is by listening to the process. If we hear a strange sound then the product is clogged and needs checking asap.

Drain hose blockage:

Drain Hose Blockage is also something that will cause dishware from the dishwasher to come out still wet, even after the dry cycle.

If we notice that there is water on the bottom of the tub then that is a clear indication of a troubled drain hose.

To resolve this slow draining and clogging of the drain hose we need to unclog the hose and completely rewash the load of dishes. This will clear any kind of contamination that could have been there by the side of clogging.

Opening door too soon:

Lastly the most common way there could be any water left inside the dishwasher is because of opening the door too soon after the dry cycle.

The thing is when we are in a hurry opening the dishwasher all the way right after the drying cycle ends could make the whole dishware stay completely wet.

What is happening here is when we open the door of the dishwasher all the way, a burst of cool air goes inside and it meets the hot air inside.

This causes steam and that ultimately re-condensates. That condensation will finally end up on our dishware, thus the wet dishware even after a drying cycle.

Is it normal for a new dishwasher to be wet inside when delivered?

Yes, it is normal for a new dishwasher to be wet inside when we get it delivered. Before we answer the question of why that is the case. Let us look deeper into why a dishwasher could be wet in the first place.

It is very common and kind of mandatory that all appliances including the dishwasher go through testing in the factory before they are shipped.

Therefore, if we find some water inside the tub or if we see there is water dripping from the drain hose, then that is normal because some water as a residue can be left from those tests.

Should you leave your dishwasher open to dry?

Dishwashers do deserve more credit than it is due. They clean accordingly to how dirty the plates could be. Just for an hour-long session, it will only take so much electricity, about an average of 1,800 watts.

All of that is pretty decent, although people are still sometimes skeptical about the expenditure for this appliance.

They also worry about trivial things like if we could leave the dishwasher open to dry. Well in that case we would gladly clear that simple question.

It is rather best to leave the dishwasher’s door open. So, when we leave it shut it creates a warm and damp environment that is like a breeding place for microbes and mold.

Therefore, it is in our best interest to leave the dishwasher’s door open to dry for a little while after the drying cycle is completed.

4 tips to properly use your dishwasher to prevent condensation: 

Dishwasher condensation is a huge hassle. So, here are 4 tips to properly use your dishwasher to prevent condensation.

Door open:

Leave the dishwasher door a few inches open as soon as the cycle ends. This will allow the moisture that is trapped inside to escape with ease.

Clear bottom rack:

If we empty the bottom rack first the dishwasher will not be having any condensation of water. This is because the water accumulates on the concave surface of the mugs and glasses.

If we collect the bottom rack first, we will prevent water from spilling on the dishware below.

Use rinse aid:

Using a rinse aid helps prevent spotting and it also prevents condensation. How it functions is that it will break the bond between the water molecule and dishes, this will make the water sheet off of your dishware.

Allow space between plates:

We should allow more space between plates and they should never touch. The machine should not be up to its neck.

This will improve the circulation of the air as well as the water, which ends up improving the drying process.

When to look for professional help?

Plumbers are essential for working with kitchen appliances. We could call a plumber to install a new product like the dishwasher.

However, other issues like the dishwasher being wet inside after the dry cycle do not warrant any repairs or looking for professional help.

Things like that are easily dealt with, we even gave a bunch of tips on how to prevent such things. Thus, we are to only look for professional help only when the dishwasher is not functioning properly or has broken down.

Final Thoughts

The dishwasher after going through the rinsing of the dirty dishes goes through a second stage. In this stage, it can leave behind traces of water. Here are some reasons why that may occur, Heating Element Faulty, Drain Pump not working, Drain Hose Blockage, Drain Filter Blockage, and more.