Diagnosing the Problem When Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

February 9, 2018

If your dishwasher is not draining, there are a couple of places to start your troubleshooting work.

First, you’ll want to check for a clog in the drain hose or in the air gap (if relevant). Often, you’ll see blockages in drain hoses where they attach to the main sink drainpipe or garbage disposer. Unhook the drain hose and remove any debris; then reattach the line and test the dishwasher for improved draining.

If your dishwasher is still not draining, next, you’ll want to check the timer. It may seem counterintuitive, but defective timers can keep water in your dishwasher by keeping the appliance from performing the appropriate actions at the appropriate time. Check the timer mechanism and replace it if it is faulty. (Be aware that you can replace the entire timer assembly or just the timer’s motor.)

If the timer is working correctly and you’ve already checked the drain lines for clogs, you’ll now want to check the drain valve solenoid. In some models, the timer signals a solenoid to open the drain valve, so if they’re not working, the water can’t drain out even if the timer is fine. You’ll need to replace the drain valve and solenoid if they are faulty.

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