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Dishwasher is not draining correctly in the air vent on top of sink. Recently had a new garbage disposal installed and this is the first time using the dishwasher since installation of disposal.

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Hi and welcome to Fixya, I'd suggest you start by checking the drain spout of the disposer where they ( the installer ) connected the drain hose from the dishwasher and make sure they've knocked out the plug in the spout. **Turn off the power or unplug the disposer/garberator before performing any service** If the plug is not punched out, with the aid of a long screw driver and a hammer, or a firm smack with the palm of your hand you should be able to knock out the plug. Then reach in the disposer and remove the plug you`ve just knocked out, reconnect the drain hose for your dishwasher and you should be good to go. Thank you for visiting "fixya". Please take a moment to rate the solution provided here for you. Hope that help`s. Good luck. macmarkus :)

Posted on May 31, 2010

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    Mark MacDonald Jun 07, 2010

    Hello again,

    I was hoping to get some feedback or an update on your status with the issue you had come to "fixya" for help on.. What did you find ? Did the problem get resolved ? Did we provide any assistance that was/is useful ? Please reply one way or the other as a gesture if nothing else. Myself and the other experts here put in a lot of effort and care in providing assistance which for the most part is free and voluntary, however we can be much more helpful if given some type of feedback thus knowing when we've helped and when we have not. Either way I do hope you found the problem and where able to solve it.

    Thanks again for using "fixya".

    Macmarkus :)

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Dishwasher not draining completely after new garbage disposal installed


If you hooked up the drain to the disposal directly there is no vent in the line. Use the air vent on the sink to connect the dishwasher drain hose. If there is no air vent, then you'll have to install one in the sink.

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My dishwasher is not draining completely. There seems to be more water left than last time I used it. Also, I tried to used the cancel/drain feature, with no success. Please give me some suggestions!


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

The drainage problems are caused by particulate in the drain.

There are 3 areas that cause restrictions with larger food particulate
1. The Air-Gap (if equipped) but the most common blockage point,
2. The sink connection. This is usually a garbage disposal connection. If the user is not properly rinsing long enough while the garbage disposal is in use the garbage disposal / dishwasher connection port is blocked with garbage disposal debris.
3. The bottom of the dishwasher sump area under the lower wash arm. If this area is blocked the user will complain of dirty dishes post cycle, It also causes drainage problems, If the user says dishes are not getting clean and it is not draining properly this will be the LAST area to check. Do 1 and 2 first.

I have had multiple call backs on some units... I have learned to call a brief moment before stopping by and inspect the DIRTY dishes in the dishwasher, the sump, air-gap and sink connection. Most of the time I find that the user is placing dishes with large food particulate in the dishwasher or... they are not letting the water run long enough when using the garbage disposal so the garbage disposal port clogs. These are the same folks that have things like pump impellers and pump housings that get broken due to their daily routine habits.

You wil have to clean all of the drain connections for the dishwasher pump outlet all the way to the sink connection. The Air-Gap is the most common area for blockages so pull off the cover.. unscrew the inner top nut NOTING the installed position BEFORE removal and clean out the Air-Gap (if you have one) Otherwise remove the drain hose at each connection and remove the debris. It is OK ot reconnect each connection after your done cleaning. This will solve about 85% of dishwasher drain problems. The last 15% the lower wash arm and support has to be removed to inspect for pump impeller damage or motor pump housing damage.

FYI the 2nd most common reason for drain problems is the actual sink port connection being clogged. Just clean the drain hose connection ports and the air-gap.

I think once you get all of your drain connections cleaned that your dishwasher will operate normally.

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The pump is a motor which runs in one direction to spray water in the dishwasher to clean and the opposite direction to drain the water. The problem could be from a clog or kink in the drain hose. Several years ago the drain line would connect to the sink garbage disposal. If the garbage disposal is not draining or the dishwasher connection to the garbage disposal is restricted or clogged the dishwasher will not drain. Under the sink, look at the garbage disposal to see if a rubber hose is connected at the side of the disposal unit. If a hose is connected to the side of the disposal, remove the hose clamp and check for any restrictions from garbage in the inlet or hose. You can use a screwdriver to clean the fitting to the garbage disposal and a wire hanger to free any restrictions in the hose. If the dishwasher does not connect to the garbage disposal it should connect to the sink trap. This is more common with new dishwashers because they have built-in disposals. Disconnect the drain hose from the sink trap and the dishwasher and look for a clog at the sink connection. The dishwasher inlet should have an angled piece of plastic or metal facing downward to prevent the waste from the dishwasher from spraying up into the sink. Do not get to aggressive with the cleaning in order to prevent breaking the angled piece of plastic or metal. Look for any kinks in the hose and try to run water through the hose, but do not use the sink which you removed the drain line from or it could leak under the cabinet. If you see a bad kink replace the hose with a new one. I hope this works and you find the problem without a great deal of time or trouble.

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If I understand correctly, your garbage disposal came loose from the sink basket.

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The darker blue arrows point to the connector disc.
The connector disc rotates freely when garbage disposal is not connected to sink basket.
The trick is to lift the disposal into place with one hand.
Push up hard while keeping disposal lined up with sink basket.
Then use other hand to rotate connector until it catches on sink basket.

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Disconnect the tubular drain pipes because these pipes will have to be re-sealed.
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If you are disabled or impaired, use a car jack or bottle jack to lift the disposal ... but go slow and don't lift the whole sink.

Now to reconnect the tubular drain pipes.
Disassemble these pipes.
Clean the pipes and washers.
If washers are rubber, buy new ones.
If washers are plastic, re-use old ones after they are cleaned.
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The leak in an air gap is usually caused by a clogged sink discharge line. Most of the time this is connected to the garbage disposal and there is food particulate in the drain hole where the dishwasher drain from the air gap to the garbage disposal connects.

Pull the sink connection hose off and clean the hole thoroughly. You can try testing the dishwasher/ air gap by placing the disconnected hose into a bucket during the pump out period. It should not leak. After this test...reconnect the hose to the sink connection.

If it is NOT connected to the garbage disposal then remove the hose and clean out the hole where the connection is made. This is a common problem and easily resolved by the user.

Thanks for using FixYa.

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  • Check for paper or large objects covering or blocking the sump area in the rear of the tub.

  • Make sure that the right type and amount of detergent is used: Using the wrong type or too much detergent can cause sudsing that can prevent the dishwasher from draining. Only detergent specifically designed for automatic dishwashers such as Electrasol®, Cascade® or Cascade Complete® should be used. If you find suds in the dishwasher.

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The drain in to the garbage diposal is clogged.  Remove the drain hose from the dishwasher and clean the hose.  Also check the inlet to the garbage disposer and clena it.

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