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My dishwasher is not draining. I'ts flooding my kitchen

My dishwasher is flooding the kitchen. We are unable to locate that internal drain or disposal system to see if it's blocked. Please Help! water does not drain from tub but does not flood the kitchen and it sounds like the pump is running model # is GS0500L-02BA - I removed trap inside washer but was not plugged at that point - removed drain hose at sink and tried to blow clear but nothing happened.

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  • pgalante Sep 14, 2008

    I have the same problem, it seems that that the flooding/leak happens near the end... please help

  • taziah Feb 06, 2009

    my dishwasher has standing water, i tried disconnecting it from the disposal(vacuumed out), tried pulling screen in machine and vacuumed(still won't drain)

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I managed to clean the filter inside the dishwasher and drain a little residual water. I then re-plugged in the appliance and the anti-flood device seemed to reset and I have n't had any problems since.

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If there is no water in the dishwasher - i.e. it had finished a cycle, but now it is just the indicator lights that are on, then the chances are some water has got into the control system. It will probably dry out, given time. (maybe a number of days.)

If there is water in the dishwasher -i.e. it was part way through the cycle and stopped, it maybe that the outlet hose/pipe has got blocked - possibly by your plumber's efforts. Generally speaking, the fats are rinsed off by the hot water, but go solid further along the pipes, as it cools. It could be he has unblocked the sink drain side of things, but not the dishwasher drain pipe. Risking more water on the floor, if your flexible waste hose can be removed, pour some water down the waste pipe, see if it goes away fast enough.

One thing worth trying, if not done so, is to unplug it from the supply, and leave unplugged for 20 minutes or so. Then plug it in and see if it operates OK then. Maybe try that first.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Ultra Wash III Dishwasher will not drain properly

From the sound of things, your dishwasher drains faster than your sink drain ( via the garbage disposal) can drain it off.. You may have a problem with the way your sink drain/trap is vented and there is too much back pressure to drain down quickly.. When you run water from your sink, does it take a long time to drain down or if you fill your sink up and drain it, does it drain slowly ? That may be your problem.. Hope that helps.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Ultra Wash III Dishwasher will not drain properly

Fixerfailure, is the knock-out plug still inside if the garbage disposal inlet?

Stick a screwdriver in there to make sure.

spazmo1969, could be the rubber flapper is broken off in the pump discharge outlet.

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

SOURCE: main hose blocked so flooded dishwasher blockage

When this happens sometime the "Back Pressure" mucks up the sensor. It may have to be replaced?

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  • Typical air gaps are easy to inspect and clean. Be sure the dishwasher latch is in the OFF position or unlatched prior to removal of the drain air gap cover. Simply lift off the cover (usually chrome, could plastic) and unscrew or unsnap (depending on type of air gap) the plastic cap below. Remove any material that may have accumulated and replace the plastic cap and chrome cover. This simple procedure should be followed any time the dishwasher fails to drain properly.

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