Why Is Your GE Dishwasher Pod Not Dissolving?

Why Is Your GE Dishwasher Pod Not Dissolving?

A dishwashing cycle generally involves the mixture of heated water and pod or powder to create soapy water used by the spray arms to clean your dishes. But for one reason or another, you might find your GE dishwasher pod not dissolving inside the hot water.

Common reasons this happens include a faulty inlet valve or spray arms, low water temperature, a stuck or blocked dispenser door, or a bad circulation pump.

In the following sections, we will look into these problems in depth and then provide you with easy fixes to carry out when you find your GE dishwasher pod not dissolving as it should.

5 Causes of GE Dishwasher Pod Not Dissolving

There are several reasons why the dishwasher pod could refuse to dissolve during a wash cycle, and below are the most common 5:

Low Water Temperature

One common cause of dishwasher pods not dissolving is inadequate water temperature. Dishwasher pods are manufactured to dissolve and activate at specific temperature ranges, typically between 120°F (49°C) and 140°F (60°C). This is generally the temperature at which the water becomes hot enough for proper dishwashing.

The pod may only dissolve properly if your dishwasher’s water temperature is raised. To ensure sufficient water temperature, check your dishwasher’s settings and adjust the water heater accordingly.

Clogged or Faulty Spray Arms

Another reason for dishwasher pod failure is clogged spray arms. Spray arms distribute water throughout the dishwasher to clean your dishes effectively. This means for the system to be supplied with enough water for the powder to mix in properly, the spray arms need to distribute enough water.

But you will find out that over time, debris, mineral deposits, and food particles can accumulate in the spray arm nozzles, obstructing water flow and causing the water to be distributed at low pressure. When the water pressure is low, the pod may not dissolve completely. Regularly inspect and clean the spray arms to ensure they are free from blockages.

Improper Dish Loading

Loading the dishes the wrong way can also hinder the dishwasher pod’s ability to dissolve. In most cases, it is better to underload the machine than to overload it. This is because when you load in too many dishes, the dishes or utensils block the pod dispenser or prevent proper water circulation, which may lead to incomplete dissolving. Ensure you load the dishwasher correctly, allowing adequate space for water and detergent to reach all the dishes.

Defective Dispenser Mechanism

The problem could sometimes lie with the dishwasher’s dispenser mechanism itself. The dishwasher is a mechanical item, and with time and use, you might notice some of its parts, such as the dispenser, needing to be fixed and more performative.

The dispenser houses the pod or powder and has a door that opens during a washing cycle to release the pod. However, a faulty dispenser can prevent the pod from releasing at the right time or obstruct the water flow necessary for dissolving. Inspect the dispenser thoroughly for any physical damage or malfunctioning parts. If you identify any issues, consider contacting a professional technician to repair or replace the dispenser.

Hard Water Deposits

The things that get into your dishwasher through the water supply can also constitute a severe problem for the machine. Hard water can create mineral deposits within your dishwasher, affecting its performance.

Hard water generally affects your washing cycle in two ways; first, it can make it harder for the water to heat to the required temperature, which creates the first problem we saw above. Secondly, hard water also leaves unwanted mineral deposits, which can accumulate on the pod, preventing it from dissolving properly.

If you live in an area with hard water, it would be wise to consider using a water softener or a dishwasher cleaner specifically designed to remove mineral buildup. Regular maintenance and descaling can help prevent residue buildup and ensure optimal dishwasher performance.

Where Do You Put the GE Dishwasher Pods?

One likely cause of the GE dishwashing pod not dissolving that we should have included above is your washing habits. The pod will likely only dissolve if you handle it correctly or put it in the designated place.

We have heard of homeowners who casually toss the pod into the dishwasher, shut the door, press start, and then expect the pod to work as expected. This is a terrible habit and will leave you with less-than-clean dishes.

The GE dishwasher pod needs to be correctly placed inside the detergent dispenser located on the inside of the dishwasher door.

Below are the easy steps to follow to put the pods in the correct place:

Open the Door

The detergent dispenser is attached to the door of your dishwasher on the inside, and you will need to open the door to access it if you are using a newer GE dishwasher.

Pull the door backward and let it lay flat so it can be easy to place the pod.

Open the Dispenser Cover

Once you find the detergent cover, the next step is to open the cover so that you can insert the pod. The way the cover opens varies according to the design of your machine. If the cover looks round with a handle, grip the cup lid by the handle, then turn it anti-clockwise, and you will hear a snapping sound before it is released.

If the cover looks like a square flip-up, you must press and hold down the lever at the front until the cover is released. Simply pressing the lever at the side should release the cover immediately for the sliding cover.

Insert the Pod

Once you have opened the cover, take one pod and insert it inside. Be sure to push the pod inside enough to not interfere with the cover, as this might prevent it from closing correctly.

Close the Lid

Once the pod is in place, the next thing to do is to close the lid properly. Again, how you do this will vary according to design. For the round cover with a handle, grabbing it and turning it clockwise until you hear a click sound should close.

You can press and hold down on the cover of the square flip-up design until it snaps into a closed position. If yours has the sliding cover, then you can close it by sliding forward until it snaps into place.

Close the Dishwasher Door and Start the Machine

Once you have inserted the pod and closed the cover properly, lift the door of the machine to close it. Then press the “Start” button and watch it illuminate, then push it one more time for the light in front to turn on.

Your machine will then start washing, and the pod should release and dissolve appropriately without any problems.


One frustrating problem for some homeowners is their GE dishwasher pod not dissolving, and we have highlighted some of the several causes above. You can easily confirm which one of those faults your dishwasher has and then fix them as described.

Always work with your owner’s manual for better guidance and consult an expert if the issue seems more complicated than what you can handle.


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