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Dishwasher will not drain

I have a Frigidaire Dishwasher (Model#GLD2250RDC3) that slowly stopped draining over several uses. Although it is an older dishwasher it was installed about 3 months ago and was never used before then.

At first, when I found more water than normal was left in the bottom of the DW, I started a new cycle (which causes the pump to run) then "Cancel" the cycle which caused it to run for another 90 sec. I could hear the whisper of the pump as well as hear the water drain into the garbage disposal. After doing this for a couple weeks I could still hear the pump but I couldn't hear the water any more.

Here is what I have done so far:
1. Verified no blockage inside the dishwasher - I removed the sprayer arm & screen and made sure there was nothing blocking the drain (we thoroughly rinse our dishes prior to putting them in the DW so there was little chance this was the problem).

2. Verified no blockage in the drain tube - first I detached the tube from the pump and successfully blew through the tube, but I also removed the tube and ran water through it from the faucet.

3. Verified the pump is running - after disassembling the pump housing, I re-connected the wiring and started a cycle on the DW. The pump impeller rotated normally. To make sure it would pump water, I poured a pitcher of water into the DW and the water came down into the pump and was forced out of the pump into another pitcher. When I inserted the inlet portion of the pump into a pan of water, it did not have enough power to create a vacuum and suck the water out of the pan, but that may be normal.

Everything I have read on websites assumes the pump is bad only if the impeller isn't turning, is it possible that it is bad even though it "kinda" still works?

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  • tjnoh Jan 04, 2013

    Larry, thanks for the info. when I disassembled the pump to insure the propeller was turning I also made sure the check valve was working properly. I'm also certain of the drain hose loop. Posts for some other models mention a solenoid that has gone bad, I wasn't able to find a solenoid in my parts manual, and since no replies to this post mentioned a solenoid I assume that it doesn't apply to this model DW or pump.

  • tjnoh Jan 05, 2013

    UPDATE: 1/5/13 I haven't received replies yet so I keep researching. It seams that the more I research the more questions I have. A couple websites (on other models) suggested that no/slow draining could be the cause of a bad solenoid. However, in the parts diagram for my model I can't find a solenoid. I have also found references to different types of pumps: Reversible and Direct Drive. It is unclear which type I have, the manual doesn't specify and the websites I reviewed didn't describe how to find the type for your model of DW. Descriptions of the two types of pumps suggest that I could have either - here's why: 1. Direct Drive: The user manual for my model says "Precision Direct Wash System" - does this imply "Direct Drive"? 2. Reversible: It appears that my model has only a single pump (unless the second is extremely obscure). The lack of a second pump/motor suggests that one pump performs both the wash pumping (to circulate water through the spray arms into the cabinet) and the drain pumping (to eliminate the water from the cabinet). However, in the same descriptions are ambiguities: 1. The part diagram does not specify two pumps (Wash & Drain) - must not be a direct drive. 2. The part diagram does not specify a solenoid which is used to switch (reverse) the pump from wash to drain - it must not be a reversible pump. Another option I can think of is that the solenoid may be internal to the reversible pump. Therefore servicing the pump is analogous to servicing the solenoid. Though adding to the ambiguity, why do websites not include troubleshooting the electrical components of the internal solenoid the same way they do for the external solenoids? If anyone can clear up my misunderstandings it sure would be appreciated. Summary 1. Can a pump need replaced even if the impeller works? 2. Which type of pump does the Frigidaire GLD2250RDC3 have? 3. How does a person tell what type of pump their DW has? 4. In my specific situation, what techniques can be used to identify the issue rather than rely on speculation?

  • tjnoh Dec 11, 2013

    UPDATE: After getting no additional replies to my inquiry I went ahead and ordered a pump - Frigidaire #154580301 for about $35 on Amazon dot com. The part arrived in two days and installation was easy. It has been almost a year and the dishwasher is still working beautifully.


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I had a similer issue with my kitchenaid dishwasher , turned out that the water inlet valve was starting to go, allowing to much water into tub at times , so drain cycle would not remove it all. . There is a diaphragm in the water inlet valve that is operated by a solinoid that you can check, but you would have to remove it an test it. Hope this helps

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There is a knock out plug on the garbage disposal that probably wasn't removed.

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This sounds like a pump problem.
But before you take a look at the pump check indeed the drain out.
Simple way is take the hose off the dishwasher and blow while it is atached to drain and see if you can blow through it. If you can the problem is not there.
Check the filters in the bottom of the machine and than check the pump HERE you can find the parts and drawing of your machine

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