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Does Not Drain ... We Don't even Use it

We bought this house in March '08. The inspection went well, dishwasher worked. (Kenmore Ultra Wash, Model #665.17034400) I usually do my dishes by hand, so I did not notice that the dishwasher was retaining water until about 2 months later when we smelled a "retention pond/horrible odor" smell and had to figure out where it was coming from. I have searched high and low, went through the Owners Manual, and realize that there is a Drain Air Gap and I cannot locate it. I am seeing that it should be next to the faucet, on top of the sink. If that is the case, we don't have one. Could it be located anywhere else? Why is our dishwasher filling up with water when we don't even run it? I do know that when we do dishes a little bit of water goes into the dishwasher; that, I am guessing, is not the norm. But, like I said, we bought this house as is. Luckily this is an issue we can fix, but trying to locate a Drain Air Gap since March has become exhausting. Can somebody help me, please.

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I know you're probably not needing this anymore, but for anyone else who has a similar problem...

Your dishwasher is installed wrong. You should never get water back into it from washing dishes in the sink. (of course - unless it is installed wrong) The "drain air gap" that you should see on top of your sink is to prevent water from back-flowing into your dishwasher. Sometimes plumbers put in a "stand pipe" (a pipe that goes way up in your sink cabinet underneath, but just is actually the pipe from the dishwasher and they loop it up higher than the bottom of the sink level in the cabinet. That way if you see water in your sink, most likely you can figure out why it is backed up before it gets higher than the stand pipe and goes into your dishwasher. Since you don't see the air gap device on top of the sink then I'm guessing whoever installed your dishwasher either put in a stand pipe and didn't put it up high enough, or more likely didn't put one in at all and therefore you are getting back-flow into the dishwasher.

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