My Dishes Don’t Dry Completely in the Dishwasher. What can I do?

A dishwasher is a tool you employ nearly every day. Your kitchen stays tidy, and you have clean plates without having to soap up a single thing! Because we rely on them so much, it can be a real pain when something isn’t working correctly.

Have you ever been emptying your dishwasher only to find that everything on the top shelf is still wet? Or maybe everything in the entire dishwasher still has water on it. While the dishwasher is still functional, you have to take the extra time of drying each item off before putting them away. And you simply don’t have the time to do that! The good news is, we’ve come up with a few things you can do to ensure that all of your dishes come out of the dishwasher dry and ready to be used.

Check the Heating Element

The drying portion of your dishwashing cycle relies on the heating element. This is used to heat up the water to a point that it is able to dry off quickly and completely. In most dishwashers, the water needs to reach 120 degrees to dry properly. The idea is that the hotter the water is during the final rinse, the easier it is for dishes to dry. China and glass hold the heat better, so they will usually dry better.

If there is a problem with your heating element, you will encounter drying problems and your dishes probably won’t be cleaned properly either.

Use a Rinse Aid

Along with a final rinse of hot water, a rinse aid works to completely dry your dishes. A rinse aid works by aiding the water on the dishes to leave. A rinse aid is not just a recommendation for some dishwashers, it may be a requirement! Be sure to check your owner’s manual, but either way a rinse aid will improve your dishwasher’s dish drying capabilities.

Enough Water

As mentioned above, you want your final rinse to be plenty hot. But you also want to make sure your dishwasher has enough water in the rinse cycle to heat up!

Water Drains Completely

You can also check to make sure the water in your dishwasher is draining completely to avoid leaving any of your dishes wet. Remove the filter and make sure there is only a small amount of standing water under that filter. Check to be sure that there is nothing clogging the water flow areas.


Lastly, make sure you are not overcrowding your dishes in the dishwasher. If they are too close together they may not be able to dry properly. If cups or bowls are facing up they may catch water making it, and the dishes nearby, wet.

If your dishwasher has a problem with the heating element, amount of water used or draining trouble, be sure to call Peter’s Appliance. With trained professionals that specialize in all appliance repairs, including dishwashers, they’ll be happy to take a look and get your dishwasher successfully drying your dishes once again.