Dishwasher Rinse Aid Dispenser

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


About Rinse Aids

  • 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 often available in solid form (part of the detergent tablet, for example) as well, which can be used in models without a rinse aid dispenser.


Adding Rinse Aid

  1. Unscrew the cap on dispenser.

    • Acces to the rinse aid dispenser varies by model. Check your Owner's Manual for your model. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.

    • If you should lose the rinse aid cap it will not hurt the dishwasher to run it without the cap.

  2. Add liquid rinse agent.

    • The dispenser container typically holds 4 1/2 oz. of fluid, or about a two month supply (about 60 loads).

    • 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

  3. 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.


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



If no rinse aid is being dispensed, we recommend service. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service