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18 in dishwasher drains water during cycles

My dishwasher drains water during cycles.Shortly after filling I hear water going out and the dishwasher keeps running through cycle. What can I do? I had repairmen come 2 or 3 times and they never fixed the problem.Please Help.

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Re: 18 in dishwasher drains water during cycles

Find out how the dishwasher is set up to drain. Pour water into dishwasher 4 or 5 gallons, see if water disappears. if so, your drain is ran wrong

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