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My dishwasher is keeping water at the bottom of the washer and will not drain entirely How do I get into the machine to possibly clean out ay food trapped?

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Try running the garbage disposal, most dishawashers discharge into the disposal.

After that, try running hotwater through the disposal (with it off) for 5-10 minutes to flush out any grease.

Then, run dishwasher again.

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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  • CarySchroeder Sep 08, 2009

    Not sure what the current drain cleaners say regarding using them on disposals are, doubt any want you to try them on the dishwasher.



    Next best bet is to pull the drainline that goes into the disposal and look for clogs. You might find the clog is right there where the rubber hose connects to the side of the disposal, or you may be able to run a straight piece of wire into the hose a little ways and break up any clogs.



    Also, make sure the hose does not have any kinks in it.

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