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How to use rinse aid, fill the dispenser and adjust settings

Was rinse aid used and is the dispenser full? 

Your dishwasher can utilize rinse aid to assist drying performance. Without rinse aid, your dishes and dishwasher interior could have excessive moisture. The heat dry option can perform better with rinse aid. Rinse aid can improve drying and reduces water spots and filming. Water "sheets" off dishes rather than forming water droplets that cling and leave spots. 

Rinse aid can be helpful even when using dishwasher detergent packets.

We recommend using the rinse agent dispenser to dispense rinse aid. Be sure to fill the dispenser before you use your new dishwasher. A full dispenser holds about 5 oz (150-175 mL) or rinse aid and should last about a month. Make sure the rinse aid dispenser is full.

To use rinse aid:

Follow the steps below for the style of dispenser in your dishwasher. 

Dispenser Style 1: 

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  • Make sure the dishwasher door is fully open.
  • Turn the dispenser knob to "Open" or "Refill" and lift it out.
  • Pour rinse aid into the opening until the indicator points to "Full."  Take care not to overfill. 
  • Clean up any spilled rinse aid with a damp cloth.
  • Place the knob back into the opening and turn to the "Lock" position.
  • When the rinse aid indicator drops to the "Add" level, add more rinse aid.
Rinse aid setting
  • The amount of rinse aid released into the final rinse can be adjusted.
  • The factory setting is at 2 or 3; if you are experiencing drying issues, adjust to the highest setting.
  • If there are rings or calcium (hard water) spots on dishes, try a higher setting.

To adjust the setting

  • Remove the dispenser knob.
  • Turn the arrow adjuster inside the dispenser to the desired setting by either using your fingers or inserting a flat-blade screwdriver into the center of the arrow and turning.
  • Replace the dispenser knob.

Dispenser Style 2: 

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  • Make sure the dishwasher door is fully open.
  • Open the rinse aid dispenser lid by gently pushing in the center of the lid with your thumb and pulling up on the edge. 

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  • Pour rinse aid into the opening until the indicator points to "Full."  Take care not to overfill.
  • Clean up any spilled rinse aid with a damp cloth.
  • Close the dispenser by pushing down gently on the lid. 
  • When the rinse aid indicator drops to the "Add" level, add more rinse aid.
  • Rinse aid setting
  • The amount of rinse aid released into the final rinse can be adjusted.
  • The factory setting is at 2 or 3; if you are experiencing drying issues, adjust to the highest setting.
  • If there are rings or calcium (hard water) spots on dishes, try a higher setting.

To adjust the setting

  • Open the rinse aid dispenser lid by gently pushing in the center of the lid with your thumb and pulling up on the edge. 
  • Turn the arrow adjuster under the dispenser lid to the desired setting.
  • Close the dispenser by pushing down gently on the lid.