Nothing overcomes the fantastic feeling
of not having to wash dishes thanks to the dishwashers. This is among the must-have appliances in your kitchen, especially with a large family. It is convenient and reduces the workload in the kitchen.
However, sad are the times when it shows signs of problems that may affect its functionality. Such common problems include your dishwasher refusing to drain. When you experience this issue, you must get down to the various reasons causing it to find a solution. Besides, you need to hire an expert to look into the issue to resolve and offer practical advice to avoid a recurring problem.
This article will bring you the most common causes for dishwashers not draining.
A clogged filter in the dishwasher tub is among the top reasons for your dishwasher not draining. To solve this, you need to;
- Clear out all the dishes and utensils on the dishwasher to give the filter at the bottom a closer look.
- Check for food particles in the in-built grinders and remove them as they are likely to cause the clog.
- As you clear all the particles and trash, also unscrew the cage for more thorough cleaning.
This should likely resolve the problem but if not, check on the following issue.
Check the Drain Hose
A clogged drain hose can also be the reason for your dishwasher not passing out water. However, this is what you need to do;
- Unplug the machine and remove the toe kick, which is firmly in place using screws.
- Work loose the hose lock and detach the drain hose from the pump.
- It will help if you blow through the hose to make sure the passage is clear.
- In case of a blockage, look for bends and straighten them out.
- Clear the rust that often builds up in the disposer pipe or inlet with a small screwdriver.
- You can use baking soda and vinegar and pour in the drainage that won’t pass water. Then run hot water. This method will help loosen any clogged dirt and fats that are blocking the water passage.
Check Out the Drain Valve
The drain valve prevents the water from draining back into the dishwasher. It’s more like a gate that opens and closes to ensure water gets out smoothly and does not come back in. therefore, it plays a significant role if the dishwasher refuses to drain water out.
To solve this;
- Test the drain valve by pushing it gently to make sure it is working without any hitches.
- In the case of a frozen valve, then the control electrical solenoid is probably burnt out and needs immediate replacement.
Listen To Your Machine
Listen to your machine when it is working. If it does not make the usual sound but rather hums or click, then the motor or drain pump needs repair or replacements. However, this type of repair needs a professional.
With the above basic knowledge on common reasons for your dishwasher’s failed drainage, you stand a better chance of doing the necessary repairs alone. Besides, this also teaches you proper care tips to avoid such problems in the future.