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Resolve Intermittent Drain in Dishawasher

The most likely cause of this problem is the check ball and funnel in the soil collector.It drains fine sometimes but sometimes it doesn't drain but the motor is turning. If the motor is turning in the drain cycle most likely the motor and timer are okay. The motor on this dishwasher runs one direction to wash and one direction to drain. You can listen for this but there is another more likely part causing this problem.


The idea is that in the wash cycle the circulation of the water brings food particles into the chamber. In the drain cycle the circulation is reversed and the check ball is suppose to seal the funnel off so all of the food and soils go down the drain. If the check ball doesn't seal the funnel then the water will not drain but go back into the tub.


Most likely your problem is with the check ball and/or funnel. There may be something in the chamber preventing the check ball from sealing the funnel all of the time. Sometimes it does but sometimes it doesn't.

The images below will give you an idea of where the soil settler is located. You can remove the toe panel but must likely you'll need to pull the dishwasher out to access it.

This is a job I'd recommend a technician do. The funnel , check ball and the soil settler/separator . You will also need some RTV sealant but even technicians have difficulty with this repair and I suggest you let the technician get the headache.


The check ball and funnel can definitely cause an intermittent drain problem.


I hope this information is helpful resolving this problem.

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Model: ABB192ZDEW5 We have a huge amount of water behind the fridge/freezer. I opened up the back and found that the pan/drain at the left side is dry and appears to be connected properly. What I did see was that one of the copper tubes attached to the compressor at right condenses so much it drips and causes a huge pool of water behind the freezer. What do we need to do/consider to get this problem fixed. The water is causing our cabinets immediately beside the fridge to get too wet and rotting/molding is imminent.


While there isn't a "FIX" for the poor design, you could try a work around to funnel the condensation off the compressor tube into the drain pan. Sometimes you can wrap 14 gauge solid core wire around the compressor tube and put the end in the drain pan and it will work and sometimes you have to put pipe insulation around the tube to a point that you can funnel the water into the drain pan. Each unit is a little different so I can't give you the exact routing you should use but if you are creative you can make a drip wire or a drip chute to funnel the water to the right place.

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Water is dripping inside refridgerator coming from inside back center. Why? Sometimes it drips, sometimes it runs and sometimes it's fine.


Is water connected to this unit for the ice maker? If not than this would be the water that comes off the refrigeration coils as the unit defrosts. The water should be collected by a shallow plastic collector, routed to a drain tube, and empties to a pan under the frig where the water will evaporate quickly. Check drain collector for damage and drain hose for blockage.

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There is water dripping filling up the bottom under the salad container. The model is a LRTN22311TT.


Remove contents of fridge and check the drain line running down the top back of the back of fridge and follow to lower section of fridge (usually a back ledge or under the crisper sections) and locate a small round drain hole. Also, check to see that the drain collector (funnel looking thing at top back of fridge section) is located under the freezer defrost drain opening, to allow water to flow through the fridge into the drain pan under the fridge.

If something has obstructed the drain funnel, path, tube, or lower drain hole, remove the blockage to allow water to drain into underneath of fridge into drain pan for proper evaporation of water produced from the usual daily defrost cycle of fridge/freezer.

If that is not the problem, it could be that you have a leaking water supply line for your ice maker and you'll need to see if the freezer is allowing excessive water to flow out of the ice maker into the fridge section.

Another simple check/solution is that the fridge is not properly leveled, meaning that the front of the fridge should be slightly higher than the rear to allow for proper drainage and self closing of the front doors. This will help keep the water flowing in the built in channels and drains.

A perfectly level fridge isn't the right way to install most moveable refridgerators, while built in fridges (Sub Zero, etc.) are designed for plumb and level installations for proper functioning and use.

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