A Maytag dishwasher not drying dishes is frustrating. Opening the door only to find more work is the last thing anyone wants. A dishwasher not heat drying becomes cumbersome and time-consuming, leaving you to do the work your dishwasher is supposed to do.

It’s easy to take the drying feature on a dishwasher for granted until you have to manually dry the dishes yourself. This is a common problem but is just as perplexing as which dishwasher soap to use. Luckily, there are things you can check yourself to diagnose the issue.

Maytag Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes: Top 3 Reasons

If you’re left wondering, “why doesn’t my dishwasher dry dishes?”, check out these three troubleshooting tips to get to the root of the problem:

Vent Not Opening Properly

What it is: During a dishwasher cycle, steam builds up in the unit. Many dishwashers have a vent that releases this steam, leaving your dishes dry.

What’s wrong: When this vent doesn’t function properly, moisture is left on your dishes, even after the dry cycle. The vent probably isn’t opening correctly and needs to be fixed or replaced.

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Vent Fan Motor Not Working

What it is: Another problem that leads to your Maytag dishwasher not drying dishes is the vent fan. Some dishwashers use a vent fan in addition to a vent. This assists the drying process at the end of a wash cycle to leave your dishes dry.

What’s wrong: To check if the vent fan is working properly, manually turn the blades. If they don’t turn, the motor is most likely burned out and needs to be replaced.

Heating Element Burned Out

What it is: One of the reasons your dishwasher isn’t drying dishes may be because the heating element has burned out. While some dishwashers use vents and fans, some models feature a heating element to dry your dishes.

What’s wrong: It’s possible the heating element failed. Check it for continuity using a multimeter. Lack of consistent heat indicates the heating element is no longer working properly and needs replacement.

Still having issues with your Maytag dishwasher not drying dishes? Caesar’s Appliance Service is here to help with your dishwasher repair. Contact us today to schedule a service appointment.