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Why is my dishwasher not drying?

How to ensure your dishes come out dry after every wash

Your home dishwasher should get your dishes sparkling clean and heated dry every cycle. If your dishes always come out wet, you’re only getting half the performance out of your dishwasher. Let’s diagnose the reasons why your home dishwasher’s dry cycle may be less than reliable with exclusive tips from our skilled Bodewell experts. 

Keep dishes dry with these best practices

The simplest way to keep moisture from collecting inside your dishwasher is with regular, routine maintenance. Follow these tips to help your dishwasher keep up a consistent drying cycle.

Choosing a cycle:

  • Improve drying performance by selecting the “Heated Dry” feature on your dishwasher. Depending on the model of your appliance, you may have other high-heat options available, such as “Added Heat”, “Wash Heat Boost”, or “High Temperature Rinse”.
  • Selecting a “Heavy” cycle will add more heat than a “Normal” cycle, which may also improve drying performance.

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  • Don’t overpack your dishwasher. Crowded or tightly stacked dishes can prevent them from drying properly. Make sure there is enough space between your dishes to allow air to circulate during the drying cycle.

Unloading:

  • Once the dishwasher cycle is complete, open the door several inches and give excess steam a few minutes to escape before unloading.
  • Unload the bottom rack first. Water from the top rack can splash onto the dishes below, making them wet.

Noticing significant drying issues? It may be worth checking these parts:

The simplest way to keep moisture from collecting inside your dishwasher is with regular, routine maintenance. Follow these tips to help your dishwasher keep up a consistent drying cycle.

Choosing a cycle:

  • Improve drying performance by selecting the “Heated Dry” feature on your dishwasher. Depending on the model of your appliance, you may have other high-heat options available, such as “Added Heat”, “Wash Heat Boost”, or “High Temperature Rinse”.
  • Selecting a “Heavy” cycle will add more heat than a “Normal” cycle, which may also improve drying performance.

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  • Don’t overpack your dishwasher. Crowded or tightly stacked dishes can prevent them from drying properly. Make sure there is enough space between your dishes to allow air to circulate during the drying cycle.

Unloading:

  • Once the dishwasher cycle is complete, open the door several inches and give excess steam a few minutes to escape before unloading.
  • Unload the bottom rack first. Water from the top rack can splash onto the dishes below, making them wet.

Noticing significant drying issues? It may be worth checking these parts:

1. High limit thermostat

Your dishwasher has protections in place to prevent it from overheating during its heat dry cycle. This is regulated by a high limit thermometer. If the thermometer is inaccurate, the dishwasher may not get hot enough to dry your dishes.

Your dishwasher has protections in place to prevent it from overheating during its heat dry cycle. This is regulated by a high limit thermometer. If the thermometer is inaccurate, the dishwasher may not get hot enough to dry your dishes.

2. Rinse aid dispenser

A good way to help your dishes repel excess water is to use a rinse aid. Simply fill the dispenser when it gets low and securely seal in the product with a tight cap for the best results.

A good way to help your dishes repel excess water is to use a rinse aid. Simply fill the dispenser when it gets low and securely seal in the product with a tight cap for the best results.

3. Vent

Your dishwasher vent helps extra moisture escape the appliance in the form of steam. If this vent is blocked or malfunctioning, moisture will continue to collect on dishes inside the washer. Check if this can be simply cleaned, or if there’s damage that might necessitate a repair or replacement.

Your dishwasher vent helps extra moisture escape the appliance in the form of steam. If this vent is blocked or malfunctioning, moisture will continue to collect on dishes inside the washer. Check if this can be simply cleaned, or if there’s damage that might necessitate a repair or replacement.

4. Heating element

In order to speedily sanitize your dishes, your dishwasher needs a reliable heat source for its drying cycle. When this element isn’t working as it should, you’ll have more clean dishes that are dripping wet. The heating element is tricky to reach and repair, so it’s normally a good idea to call in an appliance professional.

In order to speedily sanitize your dishes, your dishwasher needs a reliable heat source for its drying cycle. When this element isn’t working as it should, you’ll have more clean dishes that are dripping wet. The heating element is tricky to reach and repair, so it’s normally a good idea to call in an appliance professional.

Need more help?

Still seeing excess water in your dishwasher after each cycle? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home.

Still seeing excess water in your dishwasher after each cycle? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home.

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