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Maytag dishwasher that won't drain when finished

My Maytag MDB6000AWW dishwasher has about 3 inches of dirty water in the bottom of the tub after it is finished that won't drain away. It does not flood therefore it must drain some. I took apart the screens inside it and cleaned them, I have also checked the drain hose and it is clear. Now what?

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HI, usually, if the dishwasher dose not drain properly, it will be the fault of a defective or, malfunctioning pump. i will list several problem areas to check. Inspect each area properly and, replace any component that is faulty or fouled.


1. Air gap / Drain hoses
If there is an air gap (located in the sink, near the faucet), check to see if it is clogged. Unscrew the top cap and see if there is anything blocking inside. Note: If there is no air gap installed, the dishwasher might not drain properly.

If the drain hose is clogged, the dishwasher would not drain. If there is an air gap installed, it is very common that a hose going from the air gap into the garbage disposer is clogged. Remove and clean the hose. Make sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher.

Note: If you recently had a garbage disposer installed, it is common to overlook removing the drain plug.

2. Broken belt
Some dishwasher models use a belt to drive the pump. Replace the belt if found broken.

Note: Sometimes the belt would just come off the pump. Even though it might not be broken, it is recommended that you replace the belt, because it is probably too stretched out.

3. Pump
Some models have two impellers inside the pump - one, wash impeller, takes care of the wash cycles, the other, drain impeller, drains the water out. If the drain impeller is broken (broken blades, shaft), the dishwasher would not drain. Replace any broken pump components.

4. Drain solenoid
Some models (for example most GE dishwashers) use a drain solenoid to drain water out. Sometimes the solenoid gets stuck, preventing the water from draining out. Try to free up the solenoid. If unsuccessful, you might have to replace the pump assembly.

5. Motor
If the motor is stuck, it is sometimes possible to free it up by manually spinning the motor.

Replace the motor if defective.

6. Timer
Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).

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Ok, I assume you are the one from earlier. There are only two other reasons for this to happen, ok three but one should be clear. The sink is backed up or backs up as the dish washer drains. I doubt this is it as you already cleaned the hose. The other reasons could be the drain solenoid is not working or the drain pump itself. Other than that it would be the timer, but again that is highly unlikely. The reason you are not flooding is there is a float switch inside the dishwasher that lets it know how much water is in the tub. You can "jiggle" it (the float) and see if that helps.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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