If you rely on your dishwasher to keep your kitchen clean and organized, the last thing you want is for it to stop working correctly. This can be frustrating and annoying, but fortunately, you can try a few simple solutions before calling a professional repair service.
1. Check for clogs
A clogged drain hose or pump is one of the most common reasons for a dishwasher not draining. The drain hose carries the water out of the dishwasher and into the drain, and the pump helps to move the water along. If either of these components is blocked by debris or other foreign objects, it can prevent the water from flowing out of the dishwasher.
To check for clogs, start by inspecting the drain hose. This is typically located under the sink; you can access it by removing the kickplate or dishwasher panel. Look for any visible blockages or debris that may be causing the issue. If you find any, carefully remove them and try rerunning the dishwasher.
Next, check the pump. This is located inside the dishwasher, and you can access it by removing the bottom panel or checking your dishwasher’s manual for instructions. Look for any debris or foreign objects that may be causing a blockage. If you find any, remove them and try rerunning the dishwasher.
2. Clean the filters
Dishwashers have filters to catch food particles and other debris that may be left on dishes or in the wash water. These filters can become clogged over time, which can cause drainage problems. If your dishwasher is not draining, it may be worth cleaning the filters to see if this resolves the issue.
To clean the filters, check your dishwasher’s manual for specific instructions. Some dishwashers have multiple filters, so be sure to check for all of them.
Once you have removed the filters, use a toothbrush or small scrub brush to clean away any food particles or debris. Rinse the filters thoroughly under running water and then replace them in the dishwasher.
3. Check the drain valve
The drain valve is a small, valve-like component that controls the water flow out of the dishwasher. If the drain valve is not functioning correctly, it can cause the dishwasher not to drain.
To check the drain valve, you will need to locate it. It is usually located near the base of the dishwasher, and you can access it by removing the bottom panel or checking your dishwasher’s manual for instructions.
Use a toothbrush or small scrub brush to clean away any food particles or debris blocking the valve.
If cleaning the drain valve doesn’t solve the problem, it may be inaccurate and need to be replaced.