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My Dishwasher works but still leaves some standing water.

My dishwater runs through the cycle, but leaves some standing water. This causes mildew and a horrible smell to accumulate over time. How do I fix this problem and what products are safe to use?

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Check the filter unit located at the bottom (inside) rear for clogging. Sometimes food will accumulate in the filter and not allow the unit to completely drain.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

  • Robert Plante Aug 03, 2009

    Also, check the drain hose to make sure it isn't kinked.

  • Guillermo Arias Apr 29, 2013

    How do you take off the filter unit? Does it just pop out?

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