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5 Tips for a Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes



No matter how clean your dishes are coming out of the dishwasher, there’s still work to be done if they’re dripping wet. Why is my Frigidaire dishwasher not drying dishes? It may be overcrowded with too many items, restricting the airflow that’s necessary for drying. Use these Frigidaire dishwasher troubleshooting tips for drier dishes every time.

Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Drying Like It Should? Try This…

Drying issues can typically be resolved with a simple adjustment or a small change to your dishwasher’s use and care. Whether it’s adjusting the water temperature or using a heat dry setting, try these DIY fixes when your Frigidaire dishwasher leaves dishes wet.

Water Isn’t Hot Enough

Since hot water evaporates more easily than cooler water, your dishwasher may not dry as effectively if its water supply isn’t hot enough. If you find your Frigidaire dishwasher not drying dishes, check the temperature setting on your home’s hot water heater. It should be at least 120℉ to be hot enough for proper drying.

Sometimes, it can take several minutes for your home’s water to heat and reach the dishwasher. Before starting a wash cycle, try running the hot water in your kitchen sink for 2-3 minutes. This can ensure that hot water is readily accessible for the duration of a wash cycle.

Dishwasher Is Overcrowded

A Frigidaire dishwasher not drying sufficiently may be overcrowded with too many items that are improperly loaded. Adequate drying will only occur if there’s sufficient airflow between each item.

Try these rack-by-rack loading tips for better air circulation and drier dishes:

  • Upper rack: Place cups and glasses upside down and at an angle for better rinsing and drying. Position bowls facing downward so water doesn’t collect inside.
  • Bottom rack: Place one dish per slot to ensure adequate space between each. 
  • Silverware basket: Avoid nesting by alternating forks, spoons, and knives next to each other. If similar items are close together, load some upside down and others right side up.
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Unload the Bottom Dish Rack First

When unloading clean dishes, do you remove top rack items first? This could be why it seems as though your Frigidaire dishwasher stays wet inside. Unloading top rack items first allows any residual water to fall on dry dishes below, making them wet again. Always unload the bottom dish rack first so lingering water from above falls on an empty rack below.

Dishwasher Rinse Aid Improves Drying

Though rinse aid is often advertised as making dishes sparkle, it’s essential for proper drying. Rinse aid is a liquid additive that alters the structure of water droplets, enabling them to run off dishes and glasses with greater ease. This improves drying and lessens streaking and residue.

Consult your user manual to determine how much rinse aid to add per load or if your dispenser can hold enough rinse aid for multiple loads. Some models also have adjustable dispensers that allow you to increase the amount of rinse aid to improve drying.

Need to Select Heat Dry Option

While a Frigidaire air dry setting can dry dishes without heat, it may take longer and still leave some items wet. For improved drying, select a heated dry setting that heats the air inside the dishwasher after a wash cycle ends. While most wash settings include the heated dry function, the Quick Wash setting requires it to be manually selected. You may also need to run a Heated Dry option more than once for some wash loads.

If the heat dry option still leaves dishes wet, it’s possible that the heating element has burned out. A Frigidaire dishwasher heating element not working properly requires a professional assessment.

The experts at AlphaTek Appliance Repair can handle any kitchen appliance concern. Call us for a Frigidaire dishwasher not drying dishes or for any other dishwasher repair.