Here are the most common reasons your dishes may not be getting dry:
- Type of dishes. Some materials dry better than others. Water and moisture tends to stay on items made of plastic.
- Dishwasher settings. Check the cycle settings of your dishwasher and select "Heated Dry." This setting will consume more energy, but it typically improves drying performance.
- Rinse aid. A rinse aid is a liquid you can add to your wash cycle that helps the water roll off of your dishes. If your dishwasher is low on rinse aid, it could lead to excess water spots and accumulation. Your dishwasher should have a rinse aid dispenser near the detergent receptacle where you can refill the rinse aid. The refill should last 1-2 months.
- Door closed. Keeping the dishwasher closed after the cycle is done can cause water to accumulate on the dishes. Try opening the door, which can help the drying process by allowing water droplets to escape and evaporate.
Your manufacturer’s guidelines (below) may contain additional troubleshooting steps. If you’ve tried these steps and your dishes are still not getting dry, consult a professional. Warranty coverage for dishwashers is provided by the manufacturer. If you are within the manufacturer's warranty period, contact them directly for assistance.