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Dishwasher does not drain properly

This dishwasher has been running properly for the last two years. Now, after a wash is complete, water is found remaining at the bottom of the tub.

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  • Steve Daniels May 21, 2007

    I have not replaced the disposal, so there is a definite hole in the disposal for the water to escape.

    When I took out the pump, I blew into the disposal tube. Yes, some debris came out into the disposal.

    I initially tested the pump to see if it was operating. Yes, it was operating. I then tested it again with water. Very little water went through the pump. I then took the pump apart and determined that the pump design was not reliable. I reworked the pump to correct what I felt needed correcting. I then put the pump back together and tried it with water. It worked. I reinstalled the pump in the dishwasher and did a wash. The pump would not work. During the time the pump should be operating, it did not sound good - too much chattering. Even though the motor works, I think the motor is faulty anyway.

    Now I have to decide if I want to replace this poorly designed pump with a new Kenmore pump of the same model or find a good quality pump somewhere else. If you have any ideas for other pumps available, I would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2008

    My dishwasher is not draining. Only used a few time in 1st year as it is in the basement. Looks like it has been leaking for some time. Took off drain hose and there is a rubber seal over drain. ? is that supposed to be there or is it the problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2008

    when use, water is left in the bottom of the dishwasher

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2008

    sounds like pump is jammed screeches and grinds water does not empty

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One of your problems could be your drain line is clogged with grease and debris from previous uses, the other problem could be if you had your disposal recently replaced the drain knockout on the disposal wasn't knocked out. In normal use of a dishwasher at the end there is always some water left in the sump area of the pump so seals and check valve baffles won't dry out and crack. Hope this helps.

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