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Dishwasher constantly trying to drain, won't wash/work

I can't get my dishwasher to do anything since moving it to a new house. Cold feed is connected and working ok (tested) and it has power, it seems to be making a noise like it is constantly trying to drain, even though there is no water in it. I can't select any programmes and it won't do any thing else. I wonder if its the anti flood device? a lot of water came out of it when it was moved and water is still seeping from underneath. Is this likely? do you know how I can find and reset it, or empty it of water if that's the problem?

Thanks, Caroline

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  • caro500m Jun 18, 2008

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Sounds like your drain valve is stuck open. Either that or the drip tray under the machine is full of water actioning the flood float. Mop up the water in the sump area and see if that helps as the pump cannot empty the sump.

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The control is having some fault...

you have to change the control board or chip

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If your dishwasher seems noisy, check these:

Water-inlet valve
Heater fan
Water-inlet valve An aging water-inlet valve can sometimes fail slowly, rather than all at once. It can shudder on and off rapidly, causing the incoming water lines to shake, rumble, and rattle--sometimes violently. If yours is doing this, replace the inlet valve.

Motor If it's the motor that's noisy, either of these may be the "culprit:"

  • As motor bearings wear out, they can become quite loud when the motor runs. They wear out quickly if they frequently get wet, because the water washes away the motor bearing grease. Bearings can get wet if the spin seal is defective. Then there will also be water leaking onto the floor beneath the dishwasher. Replace the seal if it leaks (read about the main tub seal in the "It leaks" section, later).

  • If, from beneath the dishwasher, you can see a round, plastic disc that's mounted to the top of the motor (a "slinger"), it may have broken free of the motor shaft. If so, it could be rattling around the shaft while the motor is running. If that's the problem, you need to replace the motor.

Heater fan If the heater fan bearings are rusted or worn, they may squeal, or scrape loudly during the drying cycle. If this is the problem, replace the fan motor. Alternatively, the fan blade may be loose. If so, you need to replace it.

Pump Small fruit pits, toothpicks, and fragments of glass sometimes get stuck in the pump. When this happens, open the pump and remove the debris. The pump is usually mounted directly to the motor, then attached to the bottom of the dishwasher.

To get to the pump, you usually need to remove the lower rack, the spray arms, and the spray arm support from the inside of your dishwasher. A dishwasher pump isn't obvious. Look for an impeller--a round, plastic fan blade-type device that spins around and pushes the water toward the drain. When you can see the drain impeller, you should be able to see the clogging debris.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

  • Priya darshan Jun 18, 2008

    If the water doesn't drain from your dishwasher, check these:

    Drain line/air gap
    Drain valve and/or solenoid

    Drain line/air gap

    clog in the drain line or air gap (if there is one) is the usual reason
    that a dishwasher won't drain. Often the problem is at the point where
    the drain line attaches to the garbage disposer or household drain
    line. If you remove this line, you can clear any debris from the hose
    or hose connection. Be sure to reattach the hose before starting the
    dishwasher again.


    dishwasher pump ejects the water. The pump is usually mounted directly
    to the motor, then attached to the bottom of the dishwasher. You can
    reach the pump from inside the dishwasher, but first you need to remove
    the lower rack, the spray arm, and the spray arm support.

    for an impeller--a round plastic fan blade-type of device that spins
    around. This is the wash impeller, which forces the water through the
    spray arm. Beneath the wash impeller is the drain impeller, which is
    similar in size and shape to the wash impeller. The drain impeller
    pushes the water toward the drain port. These components make up the
    pump. If any of the pump components are defective, you need to replace

    Drain valve and/or solenoid

    dishwashers use a drain valve with an electric solenoid. When
    electricity flows to the solenoid, the valve opens and diverts the
    water to the drain. Sometimes the solenoid, or the diverting lever,
    sticks and prevents the dishwasher from draining or filling properly.
    Try to free up the solenoid to lubricate the lever. Otherwise, you may
    have to replace the solenoid or pump assembly. With these systems, the
    motor always rotates in one direction. When it's energized, the drain
    valve diverts the water.

    Other dishwashers simply reverse the
    direction of the motor to drain the dishwasher. These units don't have
    a drain valve. Instead, there's a drain hose connected directly to the
    pump housing.


    One brand of dishwasher uses a belt to drive the pump. If this belt is broken or has fallen off, replace it.


    the motor isn't turning or working, the unit won't drain. First check
    to be sure you have power to the dishwasher. If not, see the section
    "It doesn't work at all." If the motor hums but doesn't turn, it may
    need to be replaced.

    Some dishwashers are susceptible to
    getting stuck if you don't run them regularly. If you haven't run the
    dishwasher for more than a week, you may need to manually spin the
    motor to free it up. If the motor is defective, you need to replace it.
    Dishwasher motors can't be serviced.


    of what the timer does is control the motor and drain valve. If the
    timer doesn't work properly, the water may not drain and you need to
    replace the timer. This problem is uncommon.


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1. Air gap / Drain hoses
If there is an air gap (located in the sink, near the faucet), check to see if it is clogged. Unscrew the top cap and see if there is anything blocking inside. Note: If there is no air gap installed, the dishwasher might not drain properly.

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