Electrolux Dishwasher Not Drying? (here’s why & what to do)

If your dishwasher isn’t drying your dishes, it can be a worrying problem. You might be thinking that it’s going to be difficult and expensive to get it repaired.

However, this is a relatively common problem which could be caused by any number of faults. Many of which are caused by human error and are therefore easy to fix without involving any outside help.

If you own an Electrolux dishwasher and it’s not drying your dishes properly, keep reading. In this article we look into all of the reasons why your dishwasher isn’t drying and offer the best solutions to those issues.

Why Is My Electrolux Dishwasher Not Drying?

There are several reasons why your Electrolux dishwasher might not be drying properly which include;

Probable CauseSolution
Incorrectly Loaded DishesEnsure dishes are loaded correctly
Removing Dishes In The Wrong OrderAlways empty the lower rack first
Washing Plastic DishesWash plastic dishes separately
Low Rinse AidEnsure the rinse aid dispenser is topped up
Using The Wrong Type Or Too Much DetergentAlways use the correct type of detergent in the right quantity
Selecting An Incorrect CycleSelect a cycle which includes drying
Salt Reservoir Needs FillingEnsure the dishwasher salt reservoir is fully topped up
Filter CloggedRemove and clean the filter
Faulty Turbidity SensorContact a technician
Defective ThermostatContact a technician
Faulty FanContact a technician
Faulty Heater ElementContact a technician
Wiring FaultContact a technician
Control Board MalfunctionContact a technician

Let’s take a closer look at each of these issues;

Incorrectly Loaded Dishes

loading a dishwasher

It can be tempting to cram as many dishes into the dishwasher as possible. However, this can lead to problems with cleaning and drying the dishes.

To allow the dishes in your dishwasher to dry, they rely on hot air passing over them. If there are too many dishes packed too closely together, or the dishes have been stacked incorrectly into the dishwasher, there’s a strong chance of them not washing or drying properly.

When loading the dishwasher, you should always do the following;

Top Rack

You should place cups, glassware and bowls on the top rack upside down to allow water to drain off. This allows proper rinsing and drying of these items.

Bottom Rack

You should stack plates and cookware (saucepans, etc) on the bottom rack. Plates should all be facing inwards with enough space around them to provide adequate water and air flow.

Cookware should be placed face down to allow water to rinse and drain properly.

Cutlery Basket

You should load the cutlery in a way that prevents nesting. This means placing knives, forks and spoons alternately to avoid them sitting inside each other.

The items should also be placed upright and not sloping.

Removing Dishes In The Wrong Order


When emptying the dishwasher after the cycle has completed, you should always remove the contents from the bottom rack first to prevent any water dripping from the disturbed top rack onto the dishes below.

Washing Plastic Dishes

plastic bottles and cups

Plastic items don’t absorb heat as well as ceramics, glassware and stainless steel. The dishwasher utilises the absorbed heat from the dishes to help dry the contents of the dishwasher.

Which means that plastic items are more likely to remain wet after the drying cycle has completed. You should wash plastic items separately to prevent this becoming a problem.

Low Rinse Aid

Many people don’t know that rinse aid is an important part of the drying process. We all know that rinse aid helps dishes to sparkle, but it also breaks the surface tension of water molecules.

This increases the rate at which dishes get rinsed and also speeds up the drying process. Which is why it is important to ensure the rinse aid dispenser is regularly topped up.

Using The Wrong Type Or Too Much Detergent

Dishwasher detergent is designed to get the best from the dishwasher. Using an inferior or incorrect type of detergent in your dishwasher can result in the production of too many soap suds which can leave dishes wet at the end of the cycle.

This can also be true if you use too much detergent or use something like washing up liquid instead of dishwasher detergent.

Always use the correct type of detergent in the right quantity to prevent this becoming a problem.

Selecting An Incorrect Cycle

There will be some cycles on your Electrolux dishwasher that don’t have the option to dry the dishes. If you have selected one of these options, the dishes will remain wet at the end of the cycle.

Always make sure that you select the correct cycle to ensure your dishes get washed and dried properly.

Dishwasher Salt Reservoir Needs Filling 

Pour In The Dishwasher Salt

Your dishwasher needs dishwasher salt to ensure that the water is soft. This is especially true if you live in an area with hard water. Hard water can leave deposits on the dishes which water droplets can stick to.

You should always keep the salt reservoir on your dishwasher topped up with dishwasher salt.

Filter Clogged

The dishwasher’s filter is designed to trap food particles and other debris and prevent it from returning to the dishes or damaging any of the dishwasher’s components.

If the filter gets blocked or partially clogged it can impede the flow of wastewater through the appliance and lead to the dishes remaining wet at the end of the cycle.

The filter on your dishwasher needs cleaning at least once per month to prevent this becoming a problem.

Faulty Turbidity Sensor

The turbidity sensor detects the amount of food particles and other debris in the water circulating through the dishwasher. This allows it to determine how long the wash and rinse cycles run for.

If the turbidity sensor becomes too dirty or clogged with food and other particulates, it can prevent the wash or rinse cycles from completing their tasks.

This can cause the dishes to fail to dry and will need checking as soon as possible. If the turbidity sensor is faulty, it will most likely need to be replaced. We recommend getting a technician to carry this out for you.

Defective Thermostat


Electrolux dishwashers have what is known as high limit thermostats which will shut off power to the heating element if the dishwasher starts to overheat.

This is a safety device designed to prevent unnecessary damage to the appliance. If this thermostat becomes defective, it can shut the heating element off for no reason leading to the dishes not getting dry.

We recommend getting the thermostat checked by a technician and if it proves to be faulty, it will need to be replaced.

Faulty Fan

Many Electrolux dishwashers use a fan to spread hot air over the dishes to help get them dry. If the fan motor fails, the heat produced by the heating element can’t get spread around all of the dishes.

Alternatively the fan relay could have developed a fault which could prevent the fan from working. Either way, we recommend getting a technician to investigate and repair/replace the fan or relay for you.

Faulty Heating Element

Electrolux dishwashers rely on the heating element to heat the water for washing the dishes and heating the air for drying them. If the heating element or heater relay develops a fault, the water will not become hot enough to wash the dishes properly and there will be no hot air to dry them either.

This is another task best undertaken by a technician.

Electrical Wiring Fault

There are many wires and connectors contributing to the smooth running of your dishwasher. If one of these wires or connectors becomes loose, disconnected or shorted out, it could be enough to prevent the heater or other components from working correctly.

This is another job best left to a technician to investigate and fix for you.

Control Board Malfunction

Every component on your dishwasher only works when the control board tells it to. If the control board becomes defective or malfunctions in any way, it could prevent your dishes from drying.

We recommend getting a technician to investigate and replace the control board if necessary. The control board is an expensive and delicate part which can easily be damaged if handled incorrectly. The technician will have the relevant skills needed to work on this delicate part successfully.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my Electrolux dishwasher not drying the dishes?

If you find that your Electrolux dishwasher isn’t drying the dishes it could be because; the dishes have been loaded incorrectly, the dishes have been removed in the wrong order, you are washing plastics in the dishwasher, the rinse aid dispenser needs topping up, you’re using too much or the wrong type of detergent, the salt reservoir needs topping up, the filter is clogged, the turbidity sensor is faulty, the thermostat is faulty, The heating element is faulty, the control board is malfunctioning or there is a wiring fault.

Why is my dishwasher always wet inside?

If the inside walls of your dishwasher are wet after the cycle has finished this is most likely due to the way the appliance dries using condensation. This is not uncommon and is not, of itself, a problem. It only becomes a problem if the dishes are also still wet.

Why is my Electrolux dishwasher not getting hot?

If your Electrolux dishwasher isn’t getting hot, it is probably because of a problem with the heating element or heating relay. This should be investigated by a technician before you use the appliance again.

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