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Why won't my dishwasher drain completely?

Dishwasher struggling to drain? Here are some common causes.

Your dishwasher is at the core of your kitchen, cleaning dish after dish after delicious home-cooked meals. So, when the dishwasher is not draining properly, it can throw off your whole kitchen cleaning cycle. Drainage issues can come from clogs or even a damaged part. Need help diagnosing a drainage problem? Let us serve you with exclusive expert insight into the most common reasons why your dishwasher won’t drain. 

1. Drain filter

If your dishwasher’s drain filter is clogged with debris, it won’t be able to drain properly. Regularly clean the filter to prevent blockages. The filter is typically easy to remove and can be washed in hot, soapy water using a scrub brush.

If your dishwasher’s drain filter is clogged with debris, it won’t be able to drain properly. Regularly clean the filter to prevent blockages. The filter is typically easy to remove and can be washed in hot, soapy water using a scrub brush.

2. Dishwasher door

If the dishwasher door is not completely closed and latched, the dishwasher will not be able to run or complete its cycle. Check that no items are preventing the dishwasher door from fully shutting. Inspect the door hinges and door latch for misalignment or damage and then realign or replace the components as needed.

If the dishwasher door is not completely closed and latched, the dishwasher will not be able to run or complete its cycle. Check that no items are preventing the dishwasher door from fully shutting. Inspect the door hinges and door latch for misalignment or damage and then realign or replace the components as needed.

3. Sink

Your dishwasher’s drain hose is generally interconnected to your kitchen’s sink and/or garbage disposal system. This means that any blockage in your sink can also impact your dishwasher. Make sure to run the garbage disposal before running the dishwasher to ensure nothing is obstructing the drain system. 

Your dishwasher’s drain hose is generally interconnected to your kitchen’s sink and/or garbage disposal system. This means that any blockage in your sink can also impact your dishwasher. Make sure to run the garbage disposal before running the dishwasher to ensure nothing is obstructing the drain system. 

4. Sump area

The sump area of your dishwasher is another area that benefits from routine maintenance and cleaning. Clean out any obstructing food or general debris that can clog up this part of your machine. 

The sump area of your dishwasher is another area that benefits from routine maintenance and cleaning. Clean out any obstructing food or general debris that can clog up this part of your machine. 

5. Cycle

It is important that when you run your dishwasher, you let it complete cleaning cycles uninterrupted. If for some reason you need to pause a cycle in progress, you can always restart, select cancel, or hit the drain button to clear out pooling water in your machine.  

It is important that when you run your dishwasher, you let it complete cleaning cycles uninterrupted. If for some reason you need to pause a cycle in progress, you can always restart, select cancel, or hit the drain button to clear out pooling water in your machine.  

Dishwasher still won’t drain? Call on the experts.

Still not sure why your dishwasher isn’t draining? The experts at Bodewell can help with the right parts and excellent service. Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today, so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home.

Still not sure why your dishwasher isn’t draining? The experts at Bodewell can help with the right parts and excellent service. Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today, so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home.

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