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My portable danby is stuck on the Drain cycle

I love my danby portable dishwasher but we have had bad luck from the start. When it arrived on christmas 2008, one of the casters was smashed and it was lopsided. We called the business where we purchased it and they ordered a new one, 5 months later, they called to say it was in and ready to exchange however, the front door of the new one had been smashed. So they came and took the front door of the old one with the broken caster, and put it on the new one. Well, we have only had this one for about 3-4 months, and today it stopped working properly. It seems to be stuck in the drain mode. NO matter where we put the settings, it just wants to drain, not allow water in at all. I am so bummed. The one we had with the broken caster worked wonderfully for all that time, we just had to prop it up on wood. Any ideas on how to get it unstuck from the drain cycle? Thanks! Tiffany

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  • bradnkysmom Sep 25, 2008

    I did what you suggested, and there was about a small dixie cup full of water in the bottom. I scooped it out and it ran perfect again! I hope it isnt a leak, I will keep an eye on it. Thanks so much for your help!




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Not sure what is meant "bottom front panel" but I have a similar problem. Looked for standing water, removed it, machine seems to work. Mmmmm.... now looking for why this is happening. If it is a "leak" any insite as to what is leaking?

Thanks for your solution, very helpful.

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    Update to my previous post.

  • Peter Malacarne Dec 07, 2013

    I had water leaking past a seal at the bottom of the drain pan which tripped a cut-off switch for the pump. Fixed the seal and now the dishwasher works like new, and has not leaked in quite a while.


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Take bottom front panel off to expose bottom tray and you will probably find it full of water. disconnect from electricity and mop water out and machine should work. if fault reoccurs then you have a leak

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