It’s the worst thing in the world when the dishwasher stops working. Suddenly suds are pouring out of the bottom, or you’re left with a pool of murky smelly water in the bottom.
Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to solve the problem before calling in a dishwasher repair expert.
If your dishwasher not draining here are some things you can try.
Check to see if there is anything blocking the drain by removing the lower rack of your dishwasher and fishing around.
Sometimes a piece of plastic, silverware, or another small piece will be blocking the drain and preventing it from draining properly. Remove the blockage and see if it solves the issue.
There are a few things that can make your dishwasher not drain correctly. While the root of the issue might be a problem with your dishwasher, oftentimes, if your dishwasher will not drain, it’s an issue your garbage disposal.
If you think this may be what’s causing the standing water in your dishwasher, run the disposal, making certain there is lots of water flowing to clear it out. The air gap is a little, chrome cylinder placed on the back edge of the kitchen area sink near the faucet. The device avoids drain water from siphoning back into the dishwashing machine.
If you notice water coming out of the air space when you run the dishwashing machine, there is probably an obstruction in between the air space and the waste disposal unit. Cleaning it is easy all you need to do is remove the air space cap and clean the inside of the air gap.
Make sure it’s not obstructed. Not all dishwashers have an air gap. If yours does not, then it likely has a drain tube that is looped up and connected at the bottom of the countertop, near the sink. If the hose pipe comes loose and is no longer looped up higher than the level of the dishwasher, it can prevent water from draining as it should.
At the bottom of your dishwasher, there is a filter and drainage screen. If something blocks this screen it can cause slow drainage. Examine the screen and make certain there is absolutely nothing clogging it.
Often clear plastic covers or pieces of plastic can cover the screen and prevent water from draining pipes (these can be hard to see!). Every so often, the dishwasher’s filter ought to be checked for debris and cleaned up if needed.
Removing a few screws and moving some things out of the way will give you access to the filter screen.
When it comes to appliances some DIY maintenance is ok but the last thing you want to do is make the problem worse by trying to fix it yourself.
If the simple fixes don’t work call in a pro to handle the repair. Here at Gulf Coast Appliance Repair we handle all the major dishwasher brands and can usually repair the appliance and get you back up and running the same day.
Call us now to book your appointment and stop having to wash your dishes by hand.