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Is the water turned off? Dishwashers normally start a wash by emptying any waste water tipped into them during loading. Problem could therefore be a blockage somewhere, most likely in pump inflow under the filters in bottom of machine. Lift these out to check. Also check your sink drain isn't blocked and preventing the water from being pumped out.
The best way to do this is to open up the door and remove the filter cage and any other associated filter parts, then put a garden hose into the filter compartment (Which is the lowest point in the machine) and syphon the water outside. This will get rid of 95% of the water. You might want to throw a couple of buckets of clean water into the machine when it gets close to being emptied, so the clean water flushes the diorty water out and you don't get it smelling after a day or two.
Tricks for syphoning:
Start with a garden hose FULL of clean water by putting the end of the garden hose into the machine and turning the hose on. Now the hose is primed, simply disconnect the other end from the tap and get it lower than the dishwasher and the water will syphon away without any of that silly sucking on the hose and risking a mouthful of dirty water.
Additionally, if you're having a problem finding somewhere lower than the dishwasher,take the end taht was on the tap outside and lift a drain cover, drop the end of the hose down into the drain, this will be lower than the washer and the syphon will start.
if your drain is connected to a disposal make sure the drain hose has an air break, the hose should be raised higher than the disposal drain connection, if not it will syphon food from disposal back into dishwasher, also if you have never ran cleaner through dishwasher that also may be your problem, the best thing that I have found to use is muratic acid, just a cap full with the unit empty
Your dishwasher may pre-heat the water. If so, and if the water entering the dishwasher is cool, the heater may take up to half an hour to heat the water.
To avoid the wait, increase the incoming water temperature before turning on the dishwasher. Do that by running the kitchen sink faucet until the water runs hot. Or increase the temperature of the hot water to the entire house at the hot water heater.
Timers don't often fail. But if every other part of the dishwasher seems to be working properly and the timer knob seems to be stuck in one place--doing one function continuously--the timer may be at fault. Dishwasher timers can't be repaired. If yours is defective, replace it.
Close the dishwasher door and run the drain cycle of the dishwasher only....that should empty the appliance. Note that a little bit of water remaining is normal, but if there is a substantial amount of water left, you will need to check the pump inlet screen and the drain hose or sink for any additional clogging.
It sounds to me like the base safety float has been activated. This will cause the unit to cancel the program it is in and activate the drain pump, hence the "run" that you hear, but no water.
You need to remove the lid and two side panels. If you see water inside the base, you know that the safety float switch has been activated.
Remove plug from outlet and empty water from base (by tilting to left side and using sponge to syphon water)
Restart unit and check where water is leaking from. Usually from a filling hose not correctly/tightly fitted; leaky inlet valve; leaky heater asembly.
Hope this helps!