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The water in the water tank in the dishwasher won't drain

After the wash cycle the water won't drain out of it. What could cause that problem?

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  1. Check for hose kinks or food plugging drain hose. Start at the drain port exit (there are others, this is just an example)
  2. Check the check valve and drain hose for debris.
  3. Check pump motor for reversing during the pump out make sure the dishwasher is pausing between the wash and drain cycles letting the pump/motor reverse for the drain cycle.
  4. Check timer for not letting the dishwasher pause. ( not all dishwashers )
  5. Check pump motor assembly for a drain solenoid, during the pump out make sure the solenoid makes that distinctive "clunk" noise
  6. If you have recently installed a new garbage disposal, check knock-out plugat connection.
  7. Check pump impeller for damage.
  8. Check that the water inlet valve isn't seeping fresh water into the dishwasher when off.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, might just need a drain system cleaning. This would include the filter, the impeller/pump and drain hose. Most dishwashers have a removable kickpanel specifically for this purpose. However, it is abit of a messy job.

Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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