Its brand reputation is top-notch and it provides a variety of amenities but why is your Miele dishwasher not drying dishes sufficiently? Improper loading or unloading dishes out of order can compromise drying. Determine why your Miele dishwasher leaves dishes wet with these troubleshooting tips.

 Miele Dishwasher Leaves Dishes Wet? Here’s How to Solve the Problem.

A Miele dishwasher drying system differs from the methods of other high-end brands, typically providing superior performance. Given this system, most drying issues can be resolved with a simple change to your use and care. Before we detail why your Miele dishwasher leaves dishes wet, here’s how this unique drying system operates.

Miele Dishwasher Drying System

Many dishwasher drying methods circulate heated air throughout the interior at the end of a wash cycle. Instead, Miele dishwashers utilize condensation drying to be more time and energy-efficient. When a wash cycle is ending, dishes are rinsed with hot water. As the water condenses, it’s drawn away from the hot dishes and onto the cooler stainless steel surfaces of the dishwasher’s interior. 

As effective and efficient as this method can be, various user errors can compromise its performance, leaving dishes wet. Here’s how to find the right DIY solution for dryer dishes.

Dishes Aren’t Loaded Correctly

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Improper loading is one of the most common reasons a Miele dishwasher leaves dishes wet. Overcrowding racks with too many items will leave little room for air to circulate, prohibiting drying. Using racks improperly can also leave dishes wetter.

These and other dishwasher loading tips can improve drying performance:

  • Top rack: Save for bowls, glassware, and cups. Arrange items facing down and at an angle for improved rinsing and drying.
  • Bottom rack: Reserve for plates and cookware. Avoid overlapping so air can flow between each item.
  • Silverware basket: Alternate forks, spoons, and knives next to each other to prevent the nesting that restricts airflow. 

Unloading Dishes Out of Order

If bottom rack items are noticeably wetter than those on the top rack, you may be unloading your dishes incorrectly. Unloading the top rack before the bottom allows trapped water to fall on the dry dishes below. Always unload the bottom rack first so any residual water from above drips on an empty rack.

Utilize Miele Dishwasher Cycle Options

miele dishwasher drying system

To facilitate condensation drying, Miele dishwashers have an additional drying feature that uses fans to pull water off dishes. However, this drying feature isn’t automatic with every wash cycle. If your selected cycle doesn’t include this extra drying feature, make sure you manually select it from the control panel for improved drying.

Plastic Items in the Dishwasher

If you place numerous plastic items in the dishwasher, all items may be wetter at the end of a wash cycle. Plastic doesn’t retain heat as well as glass or ceramic, reducing the effectiveness of condensation drying. Limiting the number of plastic items in the dishwasher can result in dryer dishes overall.

Try Adding Miele Dishwasher Rinse Aid

Don’t overlook rinse aid as the final step in ensuring proper drying. Though it’s often advertised as a shine-booster, rinse aid is crucial for dryer dishes. This is because rinse aid alters the structure of water droplets so they run off dishes and glassware with greater ease. Miele dishwasher rinse aid is specially formulated to work with your dishwasher’s unique drying system for optimal results.

If your Miele dishwasher leaves dishes wet even after trying these DIY tips, it may be time for a professional dishwasher repair. Call DeserTech Appliance Service for all your high-end appliance needs.