Cleaning screen filter for garbage disposal in dishwasher
I have had trouble with the dishes not getting as clean as they used to, so I looked at the screen for the disposal system in the bottom of the dishwasher and there are TONS of gunk and food particles stuck in there! I took the entire thing apart, but I cannot remove the screens to open it up to clean that area out. It's all supposed to work its way around to a little hole the size of a pencil eraser- but there's so much junk in there it's all stuck. How do I get into that area to clean it out? It looks like it's glued together (no screws that I can find to separate it). Any ideas???
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We replaced our garbage disposal and now when we run the dishwasher the overflow valve has alot of water running out of it onto the countertop. Did we forget to do something when we put the new disposal in? help we can't run the dishwasher without staying by the sink when the dishwasher rinses or pumps the water out through the dishwasher
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Two things can cause this problem:
1. The check valve in your dishwasher may be defective, allowing water and food debris to seep (or run) back into your dishwasher.
2. Your drain hose may not be "mounted up" the way it should be. Look under your sink. Look at how your drain hose is connected to your garbage disposal. If the hose runs down to the floor of your cabinet and into your dishwasher, that is wrong. Instead, it should be mounted up so that water from the sink and garbage disposal would have to flow up first to get into the dishwasher. If you do this, then even if you have a bad check-valve in the dishwasher, it will prevent the problem (or greatly reduce the problem) of dirty water flowing back into your dishwasher.
The drainage problems are caused by particulate in the drain.
There are 3 areas that cause restrictions with larger food particulate 1. The Air-Gap (if equipped) but the most common blockage point, 2. The sink connection. This is usually a garbage disposal connection. If the user is not properly rinsing long enough while the garbage disposal is in use the garbage disposal / dishwasher connection port is blocked with garbage disposal debris. 3. The bottom of the dishwasher sump area under the lower wash arm. If this area is blocked the user will complain of dirty dishes post cycle, It also causes drainage problems, If the user says dishes are not getting clean and it is not draining properly this will be the LAST area to check. Do 1 and 2 first.
I have had multiple call backs on some units... I have learned to call a brief moment before stopping by and inspect the DIRTY dishes in the dishwasher, the sump, air-gap and sink connection. Most of the time I find that the user is placing dishes with large food particulate in the dishwasher or... they are not letting the water run long enough when using the garbage disposal so the garbage disposal port clogs. These are the same folks that have things like pump impellers and pump housings that get broken due to their daily routine habits.
You wil have to clean all of the drain connections for the dishwasher pump outlet all the way to the sink connection. The Air-Gap is the most common area for blockages so pull off the cover.. unscrew the inner top nut NOTING the installed position BEFORE removal and clean out the Air-Gap (if you have one) Otherwise remove the drain hose at each connection and remove the debris. It is OK ot reconnect each connection after your done cleaning. This will solve about 85% of dishwasher drain problems. The last 15% the lower wash arm and support has to be removed to inspect for pump impeller damage or motor pump housing damage.
FYI the 2nd most common reason for drain problems is the actual sink port connection being clogged. Just clean the drain hose connection ports and the air-gap.
I think once you get all of your drain connections cleaned that your dishwasher will operate normally.
These really do not a conventional built in garbage disposal..there is a cutter that prevents things from getting into the pump area..it chops up foods into small enough pieces to get through..always rinse off your dishes first or you will be cleaning screens and having d/w problems..this will stop cleaning well when this thing gets all stopped up. Remove and clean the screen area and always rinse off your dishes.
The pump is a motor
which runs in one direction to spray water in the dishwasher to clean and the opposite
direction to drain the water.The
problem could be from a clog or kink in the drain hose. Several years ago the drain
line would connect to the sink garbage disposal. If the garbage disposal is not
draining or the dishwasher connection to the garbage disposal is restricted or
clogged the dishwasher will not drain. Under the sink, look at the garbage
disposal to see ifa rubber hose is
connected at the side of the disposal unit. If a hose is connected to the side
of the disposal, remove the hose clamp and check for any restrictions from
garbage in the inlet or hose. You can use a screwdriver to clean the fitting to
the garbage disposal and a wire hanger to free any restrictions in the
hose.If the dishwasher does not connect
to the garbage disposal it should connect to the sink trap. This is more common
with new dishwashers because they have built-in disposals. Disconnect the drain
hose from the sink trap and the dishwasher and look for a clog at the sink
connection. The dishwasher inlet should have an angled piece of plastic or
metal facing downward to prevent the waste from the dishwasher from spraying up
into the sink. Do not get to aggressive with the cleaning in order to prevent
breaking the angled piece of plastic or metal. Look for any kinks in the hose
and try to run water through the hose, but do not use the sink which you
removed the drain line from or it could leak under the cabinet.If you see a bad kink replace the hose with a
new one. I hope this works and you find the problem without a great deal of
time or trouble.
Check the screen in the bottom of the washer for debris. Remove the screen and clean out the impeller with your hand or an old toothbrush. Also check your vent hose coming out of your garbage disposal. This can clog and cause problems. Hope this helps your problem.
If your dishwasher drains it's water to a garbage disposal, give the disposal a spin while the dishwasher is pumping out. Check around the bottom of the dishwasher to make sure something is not clogging the drain.
Most dishwasher have a check valve at the pump to prevent water from backing into the dishwasher. If the pump is electric there is a rubber flat that may be gone or not working properly. If that is the case you need to replace the pump. If the pump is part of the motor assembly then the pump and motor will need to be replaced. One other thing to make sure of is that you have the drain hose looped to the top od the dishwasher and then to the disposal conection. Its called a drain loop and all dishwashers should have it. Good Luck