asko dishwasher not drying

It is great when your Asko dishwasher also has the capacity to dry the dishes. However, sometimes you will find issues in that function.

For example, is your Asko dishwasher not drying? We will help you!

An Asko dishwasher failing to dry the dishes might have a malfunctioning rinse aid, in which case you will want to check its small components or change the aid level. Further, some important parts, such as the heating element, fan, vent, or turbidity sensor, can be at fault.

The guide below will discuss many steps that involve replacing parts in your dishwasher.

Asko Dishwasher Not Drying – Reasons

reason why asko dishwasher not drying

Sometimes you notice the Asko dishwasher not drying dishes.

You might wait a long time and still find them wet or with residual humidity. A lot of possibilities probably cross your mind.

Before doing anything that could harm the dishwasher further, it is important to know the causes:

Malfunctioning Rinse Aid

If the Rinse Aid dispenser is empty/not working, your dishes may not dry properly. Make sure the dispenser is filled and functioning correctly.

Heating Element

The heating element in your Asko dishwasher is responsible for heating the water and helping to dry the dishes during the drying cycle. If the heating element is faulty or broken, it may need to be replaced.

Clogged Vent

If the vent is clogged, it can prevent the moist air from escaping, and your dishes will not dry properly.

Damaged Turbidity Sensor

This component measures the correct amount of hot air needed to dry the dishes. It won’t allow the dishwasher to enter the drying cycle when it is faulty. 

Fix The Asko Dishwasher Drying Function

fix the asko dishwasher not drying

When the Aski dishwasher stops drying, you will most likely have to clean, adjust or replace some components.

Most of the solutions we suggest below intend to help you find some parts inside the appliance and test them.

Then you will have to check if they must be replaced.

1. Check The Turbidity Sensor

A turbidity sensor is one of the most important components of any dishwasher equipped with a drying function.

First, it checks the particles in the water to know if it is clean. Then it determines that it is time for the drying cycle. 

Here is how you can check if the turbidity sensor is at fault:

  1. Remove the dishwasher from its usual place;
  2. Place the dishwasher’s back panel down;
  3. Remove the screws from the bottom access panel;
  4. Detach the leak detector’s harness;
  5. Detach the turbidity sensor’s wire;
  6. Pull the locking tabs on either side apart;
  7. Remove the old sensor.

Test And Replace The Sensor

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You shouldn’t discard the turbidity sensor immediately without knowing if it is the culprit.

Do the following:

  1. Grab a multimeter;
  2. Touch its probes to the sensor’s wires;
  3. Set to continuity.

If the readings are off, then you know the sensor must be replaced. But, first, you must find an exact replacement at some retailer or specialized shop.

Then simply install it in place of the damaged component.

2. Adjust The Rinse Aid Dispenser

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Asko dishwashers have a rinse aid dispenser that will help rinse the dishes when they must be prepared for drying.

Most dishwashers have six settings, and it is advised to use the level 1 setting.

However, if poor drying has become a problem, you must adjust to a higher level.

If even that doesn’t solve the issue, here is what you can do:

  1. Locate the aid dispenser;
  2. If it is dirty inside or around, you must clean it;
  3. Unclog its openings;

Cleaning the dispenser is important to ensure the rinse aid reaches the dishes. After that, you must check if any component on the dispenser is faulty.

For example, it might have levers, springs, and actuators, depending on your model. 

Check For Defective Parts

  1. Manually test each part;
  2. Test carefully and watch for defective motion/lack of motion.

If any component is defective, you must check if it is possible to remove it without removing the entire dispenser. Then, go to a specialized store and buy a replacement. 

Note: It is also possible to find replacements at the Asko site.

3. Unclog The Vent

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The drying system of your dishwasher is composed of a fan and a vent that makes the hot air reach the dishes. When the dishes are not drying, the vent may be at fault.

Here is how you can check and determine:

  1. Look for a small, rectangular opening near the top of the dishwasher door;
  2. Use a flashlight to peer into the vent and check for any visible blockages;
  3. If there are any visible obstructions, use a soft brush or cloth to clean them out;
  4. Turn on the dishwasher and listen for the sound of the vent fan;
  5. If you don’t hear any noise, the fan may be faulty and require repair or replacement;
  6. To test the vent, run a cycle of the dishwasher and feel for hot air coming out of the vent during the drying cycle;
  7. If you can hear the fan and feel the dishwasher getting warm, but no air comes out, the vent is at fault.

Fix The Vent

If the vent on your dishwasher has a flap/door that should open when the fan sends hot air, but it doesn’t, you will have to fix or replace it.

First, do this:

  1. Look for screws or bolts;
  2. If necessary, tighten them;
  3. Look for issues on the flap;

If you find out that the flap is damaged or broken, go to the Asko site and order a replacement.

4. Investigate The Fan

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Perhaps the vent is fine, and the heating element is also working, but the fan doesn’t. In that case, the hot air won’t be directed into the dishes.

Such a situation is problematic because hot air can get trapped in the dishwasher, damaging internal components.

  1. Unplug the appliance;
  2. Locate the fan;
  3. Inspect the fan for any visible obstructions or debris that may be preventing it from functioning properly;
  4. Use a soft brush or cloth to clean the fan blades;
  5. Manually test the fan by gently pushing one of the blades with a small object, such as a toothpick or wooden skewer;
  6. Check the fan’s wiring;
  7. Tighten the connections to ensure the fan receives power;
  8. Run a cycle and listen for the fan.

Cleaning the fan could get it back to work. However, if it doesn’t, it might be necessary to replace it. 

Replace The Fan

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You might be able to get a replacement fan from the Asko Spares site.

After having it in your hands, do the following:

  1. Disconnect the wiring;
  2. Unscrew any screws securing the fan;
  3. Remove the fan;
  4. Put the new fan in place and secure it.

5. Replace The Heating Element

Finally, if all the parts you have already tested are not at fault, the heating element must be the culprit.

As its name indicates, it is responsible for heating the air that will dry the dishes.

A heating element is a fairly simple component you can fix or replace when necessary.

  1. Set the dishwasher in a position that you can access its bottom;
  2. Locate the heating element;
  3. Inspect its joints and its length;
  4. Check its connections.

Fix The Heating Element

fix the heating element

The first thing you must do is check if its connections/wiring are fine. You might have to tighten some of them.

Next, if the joints are no longer connected, you might do this:

  1. Heat a soldering iron;
  2. Melt some wire on the joints to create new connections;
  3. Take care to solder only enough.

When To Replace The Element

You might have to replace the heating element if it has cracks or burns in its length and if the solutions above haven’t changed the situation.

Do this:

  1. Detach all that is holding the element in place;
  2. Carefully remove it;
  3. Put a new element in place;
  4. Secure it with all the screws and connect it.

What We Learned

Is your Asko dishwasher not drying? Sometimes adjusting the rinse aid level will do the job.

Other times, you must call Asko if your warranty is still active. If it is not, you can use the guide above to investigate and replace the defective parts.

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