Why does my dishwasher not dry properly?

Very pleased to say that even though this is very annoying, it is not a problem with your particular dishwasher, and can readily be resolved in most cases.Before identifying the various reasons for your dishes not drying properly, some crockery and glasses have decorative indentations and, unfortunately, these indentations will always hold water.  The smoother the particular item, the dryer it will be.

Causes and Solutions

  • One of the main reasons why your crockery is not completely dry, is insufficient or no Rinse Aid.  Even though modern dishwasher tablets and gel caps state they are three in one, in most cases you will find that you will have much better results if you also use dishwasher salt and definitely Rinse Aid. If you already use Rinse Aid but you still have the problem, you may need to increase the amount you use, and possibly turn up the dial a notch to release more Rinse Aid at a time.  In most cases this should resolve the issue.
  • There are times when you have to open the dishwasher before the drying sequence is complete to grab something item you really need.  However, this will stop the drying process for the rest of the crockery in the dishwasher.  Try to avoid opening the dishwasher within 30 minutes of the completion of the programme as this will give you the best results.
  • Some dishwashers are fitted with a manually operated fan, and it is essential to remember to turn this on when the programme cycle has finished, in order to dry your dishes 
  • It is always best to empty your dishwasher from the bottom basket first, as if you empty from the top first, you will be dropping residual water onto your dry dishes in the lower basket.  This is even more important as most cutlery baskets are located in the lower basket, and its very annoying if you have to use a tea towel to dry off your cutlery.

As stated at the top of this article, this is one problem which is very easy to rectify and the most it will cost you is a new bottle of Rinse Aid and a bag of dishwasher salt – bargain!






Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.


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