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How To Fix A Dishwasher That Doesn't Drain


Have you ever opened your dishwasher and noticed a puddle of water at the bottom of the appliance? Sitting water is one of the most common issues when it comes to this appliance. If you are experiencing this problem, here are a few ways you can put an end to it.

Clean the Sump
A clogged drain basket or sump can cause water to not properly drain. Unscrew the drain basket and clean the mesh out by giving it a good rinse. While the basket is unscrewed, clean out the sump of any food particles. The sump should be cleaned semi-regularly to prevent any clogs from forming.

Clean the Drain Hose
Locate the drain hose in the bottom part of the front panel. Disconnect the hose and clean out any food particles that may be blocking the flow of water. Use a wire or a thin bristled brush to remove the blockage. Reconnect the hose, but in a way so that there are no twists and turns.

Clean the Pump
The pump in a dishwasher has two impellers; one that pumps water in and another that pumps water out. The lower impeller will usually collect particles and grime that will prevent water from fully draining into the drain hose. This partial blockage can also cause the lower impeller to turn slowly which will also prevent all of the water from draining.

Using these tips will help you solve one of the most common dishwasher problems. If your dishwasher is still experiencing this issue afterwards, contact the experts at Tri-City Appliance, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.