• Joe Ortiz

DIY Tips for Fixing a Dishwasher that Won't Drain

If your dishwasher isn't draining properly, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem.

Regardless of whether your dishwasher is a Frigidaire, Cafe, LG, Samsung, Kenmore, GE, Maytag, or Whirlpool, most have a self-cleaning cycle to help avoid clogs. However, over time filters can still become blocked with food and other debris preventing them to drain properly leaving a pool of water in the bottom of your basin at the end of a wash cycle.


Tip #1 - Check The Filters - They May be Clogged


If your dishwasher isn't draining properly, the first thing you should check is the filters. These are typically located near the bottom of the dishwasher, and they can usually be removed by unscrewing a few screws. Once you've removed the filters, take a look to see if they're clogged. If they are, simply rinse them off with water and put them back in place.


Tip #2 - Make Sure the Dishwasher is Level


If the dishwasher isn't level, then the water won't be able to drain properly. You can use a level to check whether or not the dishwasher is level. If it's not, then you'll need to adjust the feet until it is. Once you've done that, run a cycle to see if the problem has been solved.


Tip #3 - Remove any Obstructions From the Drainage Area


Over time, it's not uncommon for the drainage area of your dishwasher to become obstructed. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as food particles and grease build-up. If left unchecked, an obstruction can cause your dishwasher to malfunction. Use a sharp object to clear away any debris that may be blocking the drainage area. You may also need to use a brush to scrub away any stubborn buildup.


Tip #4 - Try Using a Dishwasher Cleaner to Clear Away Any Built-Up Gunk


Another solution may be to simply pour a dishwasher cleaner into the drain and let it sit for a few hours. Then, run the dishwasher on the hottest setting to flush out the cleaner. You may need to repeat this process a few times to get rid of all the gunk.


Hoffman Plumbing is Here to Help!


If the quick DIY methods listed below don't work, it may be time to contact a professional plumber. Hoffman Plumbing has 55 years of experience with all types of dishwasher issues and can quickly diagnose the problem. We'll have your dishwasher up and running in no time!


Clogged filters, an unlevel dishwasher, and obstructed drainage areas are all common culprits of a dishwasher that won’t drain. Be sure to check each of these things before you call a technician. In many cases, you can fix the problem yourself with just a little effort. If your dishwasher still isn’t draining properly after following these tips, then it may be time to call a professional for help. Hoffman Plumbing is always here to help so don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!