Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes

A dishwasher not drying dishes can be a major pain. Nobody wants to dry all their dishes by hand after each cycle.

Use the troubleshooting guide below to determine whether your dishwasher vent isn’t opening properly, the vent fan motor is defective, or the heating element is burned out.

Troubleshoot Dishwasher Not Drying

If your dishwasher won’t dry dishes properly, try using a rinse aid like Finish Jet Dry first.

Rinse aids help speed up the drying process and can even prevent water spots left on glassware.

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Dishwasher Vent Not Opening

Steam builds up in your dishwasher during each cycle. The vent is responsible for releasing this steam, which in turn helps your dishes dry.

If the vent isn’t opening properly, you may notice your dishwasher not drying dishes. The vent may need to be repaired or replaced to fix this common problem.

Dishwasher Vent Fan Motor Not Working

Another cause for a dishwasher not drying issue is a broken vent fan motor. Some models have a vent fan in addition to the vent mentioned previously. This fan helps in the drying process towards the end of a wash cycle.

Manually turn the blade to verify that the vent fan is working properly. If it won’t turn, the motor could be burned out. It will need to be replaced by a professional dishwasher repair company.

Dishwasher Heating Element Burned Out

The dishwasher heating element is used to dry dishes on those models that don’t use vents and/or fans. The heat produced by this part helps to dry your dishes.

A burned out heating element can lead to your dishwahser not drying issue. Check the part for continuity with a multimeter. If there is no consistent heat, the element may need to be replace.


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