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Water sitting on the bottom of the dishwasher

My dishwasher has water constantly sitting on the bottom and even after a vinegar rinse with tang the smell is still there. Any idea how to fix this?

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  • Anonymous Apr 26, 2008

    I ahve a bosch shu5305 and I notice that at the end of the cycle there is dirty water at the bottom. I tried taking the filter out and cleaning it. no luck with drainage.



    Afraid to run it in case something is blocking the drain and it floods. Any ideas ?

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Disconnect it from you drain and put it into a bucket. Then start a program and then cancel it, the begining should start with a drain anyway. Then you will see if any water comes out. You can also take a shop vac after to get the water out to see if there is any stuck there.

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