Jet dry not emptying? If the jet dry rinse aid dispenser on your dishwasher does not dispense or seems to not be emptying, you can try a few things to fix it. If you notice your dishes are not getting as clean as normal, the jet dry dispenser may be the issue. Use of a rinse agent (jet dry) can help dishes dry without spots especially when using hard water. Hard water or detergent buildup may be clogging the dispenser, or the dispenser itself is bad.
Make sure that the cap that secures the jet dry rinse aid compartment is not missing or bent and not able to fit properly. If you are missing the jet dry compartment cap on your dishwasher, they can be found online for about $5 dollars. If you are missing the cap the jet dry will leak out and therefore not apply the jet dry to your dishes. If you have the cap and it fits securely, see below for more options to fix your issue.
The jet dry dispenser may be clogged. Be sure the rinse aid dispenser door or cap moves freely. It may have sticky heavy buildup on it causing it to be clogged and therefore needs cleaning. If you believe the jet dry dispenser is clogged it should be thoroughly cleaned. Open up the jet dry rinse agent dispenser by removing the cap or opening the door. Clean the dispenser hole and the door or cap with a damp sponge. Remove the residue that is clogging the dispenser. Once completely cleaned and free of gunk, replace the cap or door and run a test wash. If the dispenser empties, you have fixed the issue by cleaning off detergent buildup. If it still does not work, see below.
Make sure that you dishwasher is getting at least 120F degrees hot water into it when the wash starts. If the water is not hot enough, it can be difficult for the dishwasher to dissolve detergents and pull the jet dry through the system. If there is nothing blocking the jet dry dispenser hole and the temp is at least 120F, then there may be a clog INSIDE the complete dispenser. You can try using a special cleaning compound using HOT water in the dishwasher and see if that may clean and unclog the jet dry dispenser.
If after running the dishwasher empty with hot water and with a special cleaning solution the problem of the jet dry still not dispensing happens, you may have a bad dispenser. The dispenser may be bad electrically or it could be severely clogged internally. You can remove the dispenser out of the dishwasher and see if you can unclog it. You may see some gunk under the jet dry compartment which is causing the NO DISPENSE. It may also be that the dispenser is bad and needs to be replaced.
Here are a few videos of how to replace the dispenser on a dishwasher
for GE, Whirlpool, Samsung, Bosch, and KitchenAid.
Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser – Samsung Dishwasher Repair
Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser Replacement – GE Dishwasher Repair
How to replace the dishwasher detergent dispenser on a Bosch dishwasher
Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser Replacement – KitchenAid Dishwasher Repair
Dishwasher Detergent Dispenser Replacement – Whirlpool Dishwasher Repair
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