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Dishwasher Not Dispensing Jet Dry Rinse Aid – How To Fix

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.

Dishwasher Not Dispensing Jet Dry Rinse Aid - How To FixDishwasher Not Dispensing Jet Dry Rinse Aid How To Fix

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.

dishwasher rinse aid dispenser capDishwasher rinse aid dispenser cap

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.

clean out rinse aid dispenser if cloggedClean out rinse aid (jet dry) dispenser if clogged

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.

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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.

Dishwasher Dispenser cloggedDishwasher Dispenser clogged internally
Remove and clean or replace if damaged

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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

Do you have questions about how to unclog or replace the dispenser in your dishwasher so the jet dry works? Please leave your question below.

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12 thoughts on “Dishwasher Not Dispensing Jet Dry Rinse Aid – How To Fix”

  1. Appliance Repair Assistant

    If your Amana dishwasher is not dispensing the jet dry, there could be several reasons for this issue. Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:

    Check the Jet Dry Dispenser: The first thing you should do is to check the jet dry dispenser to ensure that it is not clogged. Sometimes, detergent or other debris can clog the dispenser, preventing it from releasing the jet dry. You can remove the dispenser and clean it with a soft brush or toothbrush.

    Check the Jet Dry Reservoir: The next step is to check the jet dry reservoir to ensure that it is not empty. If the reservoir is empty, you will need to refill it with jet dry. You can find the reservoir inside the dishwasher door and refill it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Check the Dispenser Cap: Sometimes, the dispenser cap can become loose or damaged, preventing the jet dry from dispensing. Make sure the cap is secure and not damaged.

    Check the Water Temperature: Jet dry is designed to work best in hot water. If your dishwasher is not heating the water enough, the jet dry may not be dispensed properly. You can check the water temperature with a thermometer and adjust the dishwasher’s heating element if necessary.


  2. evonne m thorsen

    I have an Amana dishwasher that doesn’t disperse my jet dry.
    It is brand new and hasn’t worked.. any suggestions?

  3. ALLEN VETTER - DIY Repair Assistant

    On your Bosch dishwasher, is the finish fluid overfilled, or is there a possible clog in the finish dry dispenser?
    Is there a crack on the housing and it comes out there?
    If clogged try unclogging it with hot water.
    Please let us know what you find.

  4. I have a Bosch dishwasher. Everything works fine except the dispenser for the finish dry leaks. When I go to pour in the finish it’s comes right out onto the door immediately. What can I do to fix this?

  5. Thank you!
    You made me saved money. I was about to replace the whole unit because the rinse aid dispenser was leaking, indeed there was something clog at the opening, I used a steam cleaner in the small hole to unclog/clean the rinse aid dispenser. As a last thing before replacing, use a pressure steamer or boiling water.

  6. I have a kitchen aid dishwasher The detergent and the rinse aid are not working My dishes come out looking cloudy. I replaced the whole unit and it still does not work Any suggestions? Thank you

  7. My maytag dishwasher does not dispense jet dry. Sears has replaced the dispense unit twice, but it still is not working. Could you suggest what else I could do! I have used a cleaning agent as well and it still does not make any difference.

  8. Pamela A. Bellapigna

    My jet dry. Dispenser will not dispense and the unit has been replaced by sears n is a Kenmore. Has not emptied since February 2017 n is still under warranty n sears can’t seem to fix properly. I have cleaned dishwasher every 2-3 months with cleaning agent n run hot water prior to starting n still not working, but detergent works properly.

  9. It is probably clogged….try boiling water in it…and check to make sure it is cleaned of any built up detergent.

  10. Miriam Banting

    We have always used dishwasher powder, but it’s increasingly difficult to find. So these power balls don’t seem to dissolve in our machine, often half of them left in the dispenser. Can you offer any suggestions.

  11. I have a Whirlpool dishwasher and the jet dry has stopped dispensing. Is there a way to clean the dispenser?

  12. I have a new American Whirlpool gas stove. How to fix the oven temp. it is off by 23o.? I know gas is harder to fix than electric. Help if this is possible.

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