Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Dishwasher Not Draining

If your dishwasher is not draining, try the following before calling a plumber or looking for a replacement:

1. Remove the front plates at the bottom of the dishwasher
2. Get some shallow dishes ready
3. Disconnect the pipe from the drain hose coming out of the dishwasher.  Allow water to drain into dishes
4. Take digital photos of all pipe connections.  Remove all pipe connections in all drain pipes from dishwasher to sink.  Most clamps can be removed using either needle-nose pliers or a flathead screwdriver.
5. Drain all pipes and remove any debris
6. Re-connect pipes

This took a few hours, but after we did this and removed all the gunk from the pipes, the dishwasher started draining again like new.  The primary culprit seemed to be the special white V-pipe that comes up to the ink level.  Next time we will try this one first, since it can be removed without taking the dishwasher apart.


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