Dishwasher: I'm assuming you are talking about when the dishwasher is not running. Correct? If the dishwasher accumulates water while sitting idle, it could be a couple of things. The water inlet valve could be leaking by, or you may have an improperly installed drain line. If you do not have a high loop in the drain line, water can back feed into the dishwasher when you drain your sink. Some dishwashers have a check valve on the drain line to prevent this.
Dryer: Dryer times will vary depending on the load size and type of clothing. Properly sort laundry to make sure lighter materials are separated from denser clothing that holds moisture. For example, if you attempt to dry jeans or towels with light cottons or linens, the moisture from the denser material will transfer to the lighter material. This can cause longer dry times. Towels and/or jeans should be dried on a hotter temperature setting - usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Cottons and linens will take about 30 minutes on a lower heat setting. Make sure the dryer exhaust vent is not clogged. If the dryer cannot exhaust properly, the dryer heating circuits will actually overheat and eventually fail. The result is a hot dryer with clothes that will not dry. If you suspect you have a dryer vent problem, remove the vent hose from the back of the dryer and try drying a load. If your drying results improve, you probably have a clog in the dryer vent EXTERNAL to the dryer. If the results are the same, inspect the dryer INTERIOR. NOTE: Rule of Thumb - The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the dryer vent, the better. Dryer vents that are excessively long, have many bends, or run through an attic or crawl space are the worst for accumulating lint. Also DO NOT push the dryer all the way up against the wall. This tends to crush the exhaust vent hose. Leave about a one foot space between the back of the dryer and the wall and use the semi-rigid metal type dryer vent hose. It resists crushing and rodents from chewing through it.
If you would post brand name and model numbers of your appliances in the future, it would make it much easier to diagnose a cause and be able to tell how the appliance is configured. I hope you find this information helpful.
Jun 21, 2008 |
Kenmore 15129 Built-in Dishwasher