The GE dishwashers are moderately priced, and you get a lot of features that you would not expect in a mid-range dishwasher. The best thing about this dishwasher is that you can freely adjust the racks inside it. That way you can easily match the size of your dishes and you don’t have to worry about running out of space.
Other than that, you also get an additional rack on top of the two racks installed in the dishwasher. This third rack is meant to be used for utensils and other small things that you want to clean.
Sadly, there have also been some complaints regarding this unit, customers are saying that the GE dishwasher is not drying their dishes. If you are in the same boat then try these troubleshooting methods.
How to Fix GE Dishwasher Not Drying?
- Inspect the Heating Element
The drying issues are very common with most of the older models of GE dishwashers. Many elements can create this problem, but you should always start by checking the heating element of your dishwasher. Depending upon the age of your dishwasher, the heating element may have gone bad.
If that is the case, then you will need to replace the heating element in your dishwasher and that should fix the drying problem with your unit. To check your heating element, try using a multimeter and check for continuity.
If you don’t get the desired reading from the multimeter then you will need to replace the heating element in your dishwasher. Luckily, the replacement won’t cost you a lot and you can easily get the replacement from an online store.
After that, the replacement procedure is very straightforward but if you are confused then try referring to the owner’s manual for instructions. There are also some great video tutorials on YouTube regarding the replacement procedure.
- Replace Vent
If there is nothing wrong with the heating element but you are still running into drying issues then you should check the vent installed in your GE dishwasher. The purpose of this vent is to remove the hot air and moisture from the dishwasher.
If the hot air is not allowed to escape from the vent, then the moisture condenses after a few moments and your dishes get wet again. So, that is why you need a functioning vent to dry your dishes in the GE dishwasher.
Even if the heating element is working perfectly, you still need to let the hot air out for your dishwasher to function properly. Start by checking the vent for any obstruction, make sure that the vent can move freely when pressure builds up inside the dishwasher. If something is stuck in the vent then cleaning the vents should fix your problem.
However, if the vent is damaged then you will need to buy a replacement for your GE dishwasher. You need to look for the full range of motion and ensure that the vent can open up all the way. That will let the moisture out and you won’t have to deal with wet dishes again.
- Regulate Water Temperature
The temperature of the water going into the dishwasher can also create a drying problem for your device. Ideally, you want your water temperature to be around 50 degrees Celsius for efficient drying of the dishes inside the dishwasher. Even if you have the hot water line hooked up with the dishwasher, it is common for some cold water to get into the dishwasher as the cycle starts.
So, the best way to avoid this would be to use the water from the hot water-line for a few moments to let all the cold water out. After that, you can start the washing cycle on your dishwasher and hopefully, this time around you won’t have to deal with wet dishes.
As long as all of the other components of your dishwasher are working perfectly, adjusting the water temperature should help you avoid the drying issue in the future. Depending upon the model of dishwasher you own, try using the Sani-Rinse mode to see if you get dryer plates from the dishwasher. This mode will increase the temperature of the water and hopefully, that will eliminate the drying issue for your device.
- Refill Rinse Aid
Now, it might not look as important but it is one of the most common reasons why your dishes are not drying properly. One of the main functions of rinse aid is to not allow water to collect on your dishes after the cycle is complete.
So, if you have not filled your rinse aid in a long time that that is likely why you are having drying issues. Even if your vent is working properly, the leftover steam can condense into water and that will affect the dryness of your dishes.
So, to avoid that, you need to ensure that the rinse aid is filled properly and the cover is in its proper place. Filling the rinse aid compartment is quite easy, you need to just take off the cap and start pouring in the solution.
Sadly, there is not status meter on this part of the dishwasher and you can stop after the solution starts pouring out of the cap. That will indicate that the rinse aid is filled properly and you can just wipe away the excess after closing the cap on this compartment.
- Ask Customer Support
If none of the above-mentioned methods seem to fix your drying problem then you should reach out to GE customer support. Give them all the details about the drying issues that you’re having with their dishwasher and they will get back to you shortly. Even if you can’t find the cause of this issue, a professional can help you narrow down the defective components of your dishwasher.
After that, you can just replace those components and the dishwasher will start working properly. Most often than not, the culprit is a defective heating element. So, make sure to check the continuity status of your heating element before trying anything else.