How To Drain A Dish Washer

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A dish washer that does not completely drain eventually becomes smelly reason being the amount of water that remains behind becomes stale or stagnates. There are different reasons that could cause the dish washer to get blocked and not drain well for example debris and food remains mounting up in the hose, too much build up in the drain valve or even blockage of the filter so before you run out to call a dish washer repair specialist check those out because the problem could be really simple and solvable. That being the case, I am providing this post toshow you some very useful ways that will help you learn how to drain your dish washer. After reading through, you will realize how simple it is to drain the machine.

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  • Take any dishes out of the dish washer so that when you begin shifting the machine up and down you are not interrupted by any dishes. This will make the whole process faster for you and prevent any damages that may occur to your dishes.
  • Disconnect or unplug the dish washer from the water and power supply, you do not want to risk your life so if you work on the dish washer while it is connected you will end up suffering electric shock. Turning off water and power will also help to save on wastage of energy as well as power.
  • Get the dish washer from the cabinet so that you can easily reach any parts that you need to check out. You however need to be very careful while getting the dish washer out.

Check the drain valve:


Give the dish washer time to cool:after using the dish washer or just after cleaning and rinsing cycles, parts tend to get hot so they will burn your hands if you try to touch the dish washer immediately after. Working on the dish washer after it has cooled will be much faster and easier as you don’t have to worry about getting burnt. Since it does not even take too much time, just give those few minutes up and wait for it to totally cool.

Search the dish washer to locate its drain valve: not all dish washers have a drain valve but most of them do and it is usually found by the motor below the dish washer. If your dish washer is not draining then there is a huge possibility that the valve is blocked or the electrical solenoid that regulates it has probably burned out.

Look at the solenoid:  when the solenoid burns out there definitely no way a valve can move freely so use a tester to find out if the solenoid is still working or not. If you find that the solenoid is still okay then look out for some other reason as to why your dish washer is not draining out water. However if the solenoid has burned you must remove it and have it replaced.

Look at the gate arm: the gate arm is simply another part of the valve so for the dish washer to drain properly the gate arm must be able to move freely. If this is not the case then it means that one of the strings it’s connected to is broken or missing. You therefore must have the gate arm replaced as early as possible to let the dish washer drain properly.

Turn the motor: if you take long to use the dish washer the motor might get stuck, whenever the motor is not spinning the dish washer will definitely stop draining away water. This therefore calls for activating the motor by turning it to ensure it rotates and allows the dish washer to drain.

Run a short cycle to see if what you have done worked:add some water to the machine and run a very short cycle so that you do not waste too much water. If the problem was with the valve the moment you run the dish washer, water will drain out. But if after all this water is still not draining then you have to attempt checking other parts to find out what could really be causing failure for the dish washer to drain.

Search the drain hose:

Disconnect the drain hose: unplug the hose from both power and water supply or just turn off the dish washer. On the panel near the floor will see the kick plate or toe kick and unscrew it to detach the drain hose from the pump. First of all try to ensure that the hose is clear, bow through the hose and then use a torch to look out for any crimps. Straighten out any kinks that you may come across before proceeding to anything else.

Clear out any blockages: if you found the hose unclear, use a small long brush or small screw driver to get rid of any food particles or whatever else seems to block the hose.

Check out the disposer pipe: the hose usually connects to an inlet just below the sink so sometimes it is actually not the hose that is blocked but the inlet because of decomposition build up. So first remove the corrosion from the inlet if there is any.

Run water through the hose: to clear even the smallest bit of residue from the hose, run some water through before you go on to connect the drain hose back to the sink.

Start a short dish washer cycle: there is no way you will know if the dish washer can now drain without running it first. On that note before you move to anything else first run the dish washer and if it still does not drain then you must check out something else or better yet call a repair man to help you out.

Look at the filter:

As dishes get washed in the dish washer there is a high chance that the small food particles and tiny bits of paper from labels are likely to block the filters. Wipe away any residue on the filter and for better results you can go ahead and unscrew the filter to thoroughly remove any debris that may have clogged the filter and stop the dish washer from draining.