Dishwasher Rinse Aid Dispenser

If you do not have soft water, it is important to use a rinse agent. Rinse agent breaks down the surface tension of water, improving water flow off the dishes. This improves drying performance as well as reduces water spotting and streaking.

  • Before using your dishwasher for the first time: Unscrew the cap on dispenser and add liquid rinse agent. The dispenser container typically holds 4 1/2 oz. of fluid, or about a two month supply (about 60 loads).
  • Regularly check to make sure the container is not empty. The rinse aid dispenser will have either a "dip stick" attached to the lid for checking the level of the rinse agent, a window showing the rinse aid level, or an indicator light that tells you when it is low.
  • The rinse agent dispenser automatically injects the rinse agent in the final rinse water by mechanically tripping a scoop of rinse aid thru the rinse aid cap during the last fill for the final rinse.
  • Rinse agents are available in solid form, which can be used in models without a rinse agent dispenser.
  • If you should lose the rinse aid cap it will not hurt the dishwasher to run it without the cap.
  • Be careful when filling the dispenser. If some rinse agent is accidentally spilled, clean it up with a damp cloth to avoid possible tub stain or excessive foaming during the next dishwashing operation.

View a short video about checking and filling the rinse aid dispenser:

For model specific information about rinse aid use and the dispenser, consult your Owner's Manual. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.

If no rinse aid is being dispense, we recommend service. If you would like to schedule a service appointment, please contact GE Appliance Service at 1-800-432-2737 or schedule a service appointment online.