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KitchenAid Dishwasher Not Drying Dishes


The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dishwasher not drying dishes are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dishwasher not drying dishes

Cause 1Vent

The vent might not be opening properly. As the dishes are drying, many dishwashers use a vent to let out the hot, steamy air generated during the rinse cycle. If the vent does not open properly, the dishwasher will leave moisture on the dishes. Check the vent to ensure that it is opening properly.

Vent for your KitchenAidDishwasher
Vent - Part # 747414 Mfg Part # 9742770

Door vent assembly with electric actuator

Cause 2Heating Element

Some dishwashers use a heating element to heat the dishwasher during the drying cycle. If the heating element has failed, the dishwasher won’t dry dishes properly. To determine if the heating element has burned out, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the heating element does not have continuity, replace it.

Part Testing
Heating Element for your KitchenAidDishwasher
Heating Element - Part # 747558 Mfg Part # 9743495

Heating element assembly