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Tina Coley Posted on May 30, 2007
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Dishwasher will not drain

GE profile GSD4320 . I have check drain hose, not pluged. I was able to get it to drain by running in test mode and bypassing the fill up sections and just letting the pump run. No problem ubtil yestarday now that won't even work. I'm handy and bit short on cash and would like to fix myself if possable. Is there a timer in it that may be not working or do you think I need a nes pump??? Thanks

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  • Tina Coley
    Tina Coley Jun 05, 2007

    Thank you, I will take it apart and check this out.

  • Tina Coley
    Tina Coley Jun 18, 2007

    Thank you for the advice, but my dishwasher does drain when I go thru the product test feature. It just will not drain during it's regular cycle. When I put it in test mode the fourth test : water valve and main pump for 16 fine. But the #11 test ..main pump and heater for 60 does not drain.

    Is there a timer possibly that may be malfunctioning???
    Model number GSD4320z00bb FT806495B
    This is one of the GE Profile machines that has been effected by the additive area leaking. I have a rebate form for $300 towards another machine, but another one costs more then double this amount. Could this have happened by the wires in there getting wet from the additive???


  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2008

    I have a portable Kenmore QuietGuard 1 dishwasher that is less than 2 years old. Sometimes it will drain completely, most times it will not. I took the spinner thing off on the bottom and noticed that a little part that is sort of like an O ring is broken. This part fits inside the arm and I think it must be something that helps or allows the sprayer arm to spin. Could this possibly cause it not to drain? The pump sounds like it is trying to work when I cancel the load to drain, so I don't think it is a pump problem. The little ring is about 2 inches in diameter and is about 1//8 inch tall.  I hope this makes sense. Thanks....

  • allok65 May 28, 2008

    GE profile GSD4320 . I have check drain hose, not pluged. I was able to get it to drain by running in test mode and bypassing the fill up sections and just letting the pump run.

  • gkorenek Apr 02, 2009

    I also have a GE GSD4320Y73 Profile dishwasher. It is approx. 11 years old.

    My case is similiar, except the dishwasher will not drain on the very last cycle only. So I wash a load of plates, and then when the wash is done I spin the timer knob to "start" because the first operation of the wash is to drain the tub. Since the drain operation only fails at the last cycle, does this point to a timer problem? If so, how hard is it to replace the timer? I am reasonably handy. Thanks!


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Tichi, without a complete model number and using a model close to the one posted, there is a couple of things you want to check. It appears that you have a drain solenoid assy. that sits on the left side of the motor assy. If this selonoid overheats or fails, you will get a no drain situation. It is not hard to install a new one. I have found on these models that a defective timer will continue to send voltage to these selonoids and burn them up. Result, no drain. There is also a piston and nut assy. that sits under the filter screen in the back of the tub. You can get this from the inside. If this piston nut assy. does not seat as designed, you will have water in tub after the drain. From your post it sounds as if the drain selonoid is bad. I will attach a couple of pictures of these parts.

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    Piston nut assy.


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this model has a full computer behind that panel
with service modes and factory test modes.
and a service manual..
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the beeps are error warnings, covered in the manuals.
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the first tests on a PDW, washers, is the rinse, only mode.

when started, it first pumps the sump dry. (old water ejected)
if the pump do dose not start, but humms.. the drain is blocked.
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these models have a Service mode, and a factory test mode
both are covered in the service manual, and allows the manual
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The turbity sensor can get limed up , so run 1/2 cup of vinegar
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Thanks for using FixYa. Dishwasher not draining properly or not draining at all issues can arise due to some different reasons. Usually, these issues are related to kinked hoses, knocked out disposer unit (if connected with the dishwasher drain hose) & clogged drain pump & filter.

Also note that dishwashers do not drain completely after a finished cycle and this is normal. Dishwashers are designed to leave some water in the unit to ensure that the heating element doesn’t overheat. If you suddenly begin to experience a large amount of water being retained in your dishwasher, you have a problem. Some of the most common reasons include that the drain hose isn’t working properly, the drain pump isn’t working correctly, or possibly there is a plumbing problem in your home’s drain lines.

First check whether the drain is not clogged or blocked and the line is not kinked. Check all the hoses for blockages & also clean the air gap. Has the disposer been replaced recently? If so, chances are the knockout is still in place. Simply remove the drain hose from the disposer, and knock out the plug. If the disposer has not been replaced, try removing the drain hose from the disposer and use a wet-dry vacuum (prepared for water, of course) to **** any water (and hopefully anything else) from the drain line. Then reconnect the hose, and test the unit. If you have checked the air gap and the drain hose and can’t locate the problem, then you may want to consider calling a professional plumber. He may need to replace the drain valve or hose.

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Can you get the water to drain at all in any cycle? If you can, then its possibly the control module .

If you can't get it to drain in other cycles or when you cancel the cycle, then its a possible clog in the drain outlet hose, drain solenoid, or screens.

Here is a good detailed link to check out that explains about it:

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HI. check the following areas for fualts.

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.

If the drain hose is clogged, the dishwasher would not drain. If there is an air gap installed, it is very common that a hose going from the air gap into the garbage disposer is clogged. Remove and clean the hose. Make sure to reattach the hose before starting the dishwasher.

Note: If you recently had a garbage disposer installed, it is common to overlook removing the drain plug.

2. Broken belt
Some dishwasher models use a belt to drive the pump. Replace the belt if found broken.

Note: Sometimes the belt would just come off the pump. Even though it might not be broken, it is recommended that you replace the belt, because it is probably too stretched out.

3. Pump
Some models have two impellers inside the pump - one, wash impeller, takes care of the wash cycles, the other, drain impeller, drains the water out. If the drain impeller is broken (broken blades, shaft), the dishwasher would not drain. Replace any broken pump components.

4. Drain solenoid
Some models (for example most GE dishwashers) use a drain solenoid to drain water out. Sometimes the solenoid gets stuck, preventing the water from draining out. Try to free up the solenoid. If unsuccessful, you might have to replace the pump assembly.

5. Motor
If the motor is stuck, it is sometimes possible to free it up by manually spinning the motor.

Replace the motor if defective.

6. Timer
Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).....
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