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Dishwasher issue My dishwasher builds water inside the bottom. It's like not draining when dishes are washed completely. what do i do?

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  • jpoveda2000 Aug 29, 2007

    The water comes out fine when dishwasher is running. but once it stops i do not put the heater on and water drips from the dishes to the bottom of dishwasher causing it to build up then get a funky smell in there from the water built up.

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2007

    I am having the same problem as there is a pool of water in the bottom of my dishwasher. The brand and model number is GE HotPoint HDA3400

  • Mandy00r Nov 26, 2007

    I have the same problem. The cycles work at the appropriate times, however the final cycle does not empty all of the water from the washer. It fall at the level of the drain opening. I have tried the filter and it is not that.

  • ds1982 Dec 01, 2007

    I have a GE 65D5200G00WW and it washes fine and cycles fine but there is always water left in the botom. It keeps geting deeper after each wash till it overflows. Then I have to shut the water off and run rince cycles about 4 times to get all the water out. I found it pumps out better if I pump it out into a bucket that way it does not have to pump it up as high as the drain. I tryed cleaning the filter and that helped but did not fix it.

  • joe2132 Dec 05, 2007

    have some what of a similar problem dishwasher runs through cycles fine and drains water out but go back later in evening to put a dish in there and the bottom is full of water. HELP?

  • Savannahsara Dec 14, 2007

    the water is not draining completely, I pulled out the part and cleaned it, it

    was filthy but there's dirt coming back on the dishes and glasses and there's a funky smell on the glasses - help!

  • RevGored Dec 16, 2007

    Actually, I've got the same problem with our Haier as well, pooling water, bad smell and all. The water gets progressively filthier as we do a couple loads, and we have to basically drain the washer by hand after any washing. We've gone back to hand-washing most dishes now because it's just basically not working, and we have to rinse everything that comes out of it now anyways.

    Is it alright to unscrew the cage at the bottom of the dishwasher on the inside, or will that ruin the system itself?

  • RevGored Dec 16, 2007

    Having the same problem here, filthy water, no draining, and bad smell. Does anyone know if it's alright to unscrew/remove/clean the small cage on the inside/bottom of the dishwasher itself and clean it out, or will this ruin the unit?

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    dishwasher will not drain what do i do

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2007

    my dish washer will no drain it keeps filling up as the clcles progress what do I do????

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2007

    water leaks back into the tub after a cycle has ended. It may take a full day or over night before it gets high enough to leak out from boyyom of door.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    My Asko D1976 has water standing in the bottom when finished.








  • pcsj Feb 12, 2008

    It drains but not completely, Each cycle left some water. I need to push cancel drain a couple mor times to get the water out. I did not see an solutions. Any suggestions?

  • ataylor14 Apr 06, 2008

    Viking Designer Series DFUD140 Built-in Dishwasher
    Smelly water in bottom sump area after wash. Do not use heated dry. 
    Have removed and cleaned filters at bottom. 
    Lately, final rinse water does not drain out of the washer at all. 
    Do I need just a new pump motor or to replace entire washer?

  • Oscarfranki May 09, 2008

    Dishwasher not draining. Suspect something stuck in the drain. How do I access and clear the drain.

  • comboy Jun 16, 2008

    Same problem, water not draining. When I take the water out, the washer runs again but stops as soon as the water starts filling again.

  • Saligh Jun 22, 2008

    Dishwasher washes normally but water do not drain completely after the wash. Removed filter and cleaned it but not solved

  • ltoreb Jun 26, 2008

    I have the same problem. There is water at the bottom of the dishwasher and it will not drain. Filters are clear.

  • carmenza_t Aug 02, 2008

    apres le cicle de lavage l eau reste dans le lave vaiselle comme si la pompe de drainage ne fonctione pas

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2008

    I have clear water remaining at the bottom of my dishwasher about 1or 2 gallon after it finishes washing; why?



    Remark: I have just changed my garbage disposal; does it have any thing to do with it?

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    Runs thru the cycles, but leaves water in the bottom. I managed to siphon out the water using the drain hose so it isn't clogged. Also the ready light doesn't come back on when finished.

  • nass6 Jan 03, 2009

    I have a small amount of clean water in the bottom of my Fisher Paykel after running a cycle. The amount seems to be getting more and more, as I run the dishwasher. It is only in the top drawer. Any solutions?

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Have had this problem twice on my DWI614. First time engineer came out and I watched what he did and asked questions. He removed panel at bottom of dishwasher (2 screws) after removing facia panel from kitchen as it is a built in dishwasher. To the right is the drain pump. Remove 1 retaining screw and hose retaining clip. Ease out the drain pump and make sure to have some cloth beneath as residual water will flush out. Before I did this the second time I removed as much water from inside with a small cup first. Both times I had blockages in the drain pump. First was a piece of glass and second some food. I also pulled the drain pipe forward and blew through to make sure path to sink was clear. Clear out and reassemble. Start a simple program before putting the front back panel back on and you can touch the drain opump and feel it working as the water drains properly. That was my fix both times, good luck.

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Concerning the foul odor in your dishwasher. Check the drain line under the kitchen sink. The drain line is supposed to run from the bottom of the cabinet, and run as high in the cabinet as you can get, (up to the bottom of the counter top) then connect the drain. This is called an air gap, and helps keep a little water in the drain line, which will prevent sewer gases from entering your dishwasher.



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After the cleaning was complete, I had water pooling on the bottom metal pan. Recently I noticed that our sink had been backing up and that it had to be cleared, so I ran the disposal for half a minute w/ water to clear the line. I then ran the dishwasher again and this time no problems. For me the solution was clearing the drain pipe and not fiddling with the machine.

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Hi there

I use to have the same problem with my Dishwasher,
it resolved by the proper installation of the drainning tub, where it should be raised to the high livel of the back of the dishwasher then bent with a declinning angle (like a fliped U) where the water will not return back after the cycle finished and the heater start.

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If water is draining out ok, but then the machine starts to fill when not being used the problem is probably not with the machine but with the insallation. The drain hose should have a vacuum breaker added or just have the drainhose have a loop that goes up above the bottom of the sink and then down to the drain. If the drain does not have one of these solutions. Water from the sink will run down the drain line and into the dishwasher. that is dirty sink water runing into your dishwasher and when it sits, after a while it smells.
hope this solves your problem.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

I just fixed mine like this . I have a Kenmore Ultrawash 66515831791 and there was water in the bottom. Turned out the water was coming from the sink. After numerous searches and playing I figure out that when under the sink, the pipe leading FROM dishwasher was lower than sink drain. I twisted it around so it was sticking up on the top of the pipe and it fixed the problem.

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Could be several things from simple to complex. Start by checking the filters at the bottom and the drain openings or food chopper depending on your model. If it is a part or if you need a manual I suggest checking out www.repairclinic.com I hope I don't get in trouble for suggesting them here on this site! But I've used them to order parts for my DW and it is working great.

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    OK that narrows it down a bit since it must be draining out at the appropriate cycle points or you would have dirty dishes and/or water on the floor.

    So.........now another question for you. Can you give me make and model number? There are different types of draining mechanisms.

    Also, we may want to tackle the smell/odor issue separately from the water left standing in the bottom issue. Make and model will help with that too.

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The first thing is have a look at the instruction manual from HERE

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  2. Check pump re-circulation., Listen, see if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough pressure.
  3. Check water level when the fill cycle has completed. Should be just under the heating element. If not, possibly need to replace the water inlet valve.
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