Why Your Dishes Aren’t Drying

You go to unload your dishwasher, but find your dishes aren’t dry.

Let’s see what’s going on.

Dishes not drying

If you haven’t already, select the highest heat or most powerful drying option your dishwasher provides. If your dishes still aren’t drying, here are a few things to check.

Rinse Aid
Using rinse aid can help improve drying performance. In a load with rinse aid, the water “sheets” off the dishes and interior of the dishwasher. See a video on rinse aid here.

If your dishwasher doesn’t have a built-in rinse aid dispenser, you can find rinse aid baskets that clip onto the top rack of the dishwasher at most grocery stores.

Front interior view of dishes loaded in dishwasher

Water temperature
For best results, the water should be 120℉ as it enters the dishwasher. Proper water temperature helps the dishes dry effectively.

How items were loaded
Load items at an angle. This is important, especially for plastic items. For improved results, place items on the more slanted side of the rack.

Illustration demonstrating loading capabity of dishwasher

Still Having Issues?

You may need a professional repair. Or, if your dishwasher is more than 10 years old, it might be time for a replacement. Amana has great dishwashers at a great value – check out the latest.