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Why is My Dishwasher Not Drying?

It’s never convenient for a dishwasher to stop drying, especially if the kitchen sink is stacked full of dirty dishes waiting to be loaded.

While there may be a variety of reasons your KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch, or Samsung dishwasher may have stopped drying, the experts at Abbey Appliance are here to help you solve dishwasher problems quickly.

Consider these tips:

Don’t Overload Dishes

Washing dishes may seem like an easy task, but any dish loaded incorrectly may cause drying problems. Overloading dishes may cause your dishes to come out wet. Next time you load the dishes, make sure they are in separate slots and not stacked on top of each other. If you continue to notice issues, consider the steps below.

Try a Rinse Aid

A rinse aid helps improve the drying processes in a dishwasher by removing water from the dishes. Instead of forming droplets, the rinse aid allows the water to slide off the dishes. It also prevents dried dishes from showing water spots.

Stores have a variety of rinse aids to choose from. One brand may work better with your dishwasher model than another, so check your owner’s manual before heading to the store.

Check Drying Settings

Different dishwasher models have specific features, including drying settings. Before starting the load, make sure the dishwasher is set to the correct drying mode.

Refer to the instruction manual, or google your brand/model, to see which settings you should use for best performance. If your dishwasher is still not drying, it may be a faulty part causing the problem.

Drying Fan

Many dishwashers use a drying fan to remove the hot stream. However, if the vent does not open properly, the dishwasher will leave moisture on the dishes. Dryer fan malfunctions may be caused by debris obstructing the airflow, or the fan motor may be burned out.

Heating Element

Some dishwashers use an element to heat the dishwasher during the drying cycle. Heating element components like the terminals and connectors can become corroded and may need to be cleaned or replaced. Depending on the issues the entire heating element may need to be replaced.


Dishwashers have thermostats to keep the dishwasher from getting too hot. They regulate both the drying cycle and water temperature.

To test the thermostat, select a short wash cycle at a high temperature setting. After the wash is complete, open the dishwasher and see if the interior warmed up during the drying cycle. If not, the thermostat is likely defective.

Still Having Dishwasher Problems?

If you’re having trouble getting your dishes to dry properly, contact the expert technicians at Abbey Appliance. We stock thousands of parts in our trucks, allowing us to quickly repair your dishwasher.

Give us a call now to schedule a Same Day Service call.

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