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GE Nautilus won't drain after Rinse Cycle

Howdy! We have a 4 year old GE Nautilus dishwasher that's been a blessing...never had a problem until about 2 weeks ago. The machine washes fine, drains fine during the wash cycle, rinses fine...then AFTER the last rinse cycle ONLY, the drain pump will not fully engage and drain the tub before the heated dry comes on. The last rinse cycle starts normally - then, just when it's supposed to drain out the last cycle of water of the tub...the pump comes on for a second, stops, starts again for a second, stops and then the rinse cycle finishes and the heated dry comes on. The problem is...the tub is left FULL of water. It does not do this during any other part of the wash cycle. It drains fully and refills fine otherwise. If I fiddle with the knob and get it JUST RIGHT in the Rinse zone...then the drain during the rinse cycle will complete normally...but the next time the machine is run it will return to bad behavior and not do a complete drain after the final rinse.


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  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    This is my second GE unit in my second house and the same problem exists for both. Inevitably, at the end of the wash, there's a puddle of water that I have to manually scoop out. I did try to tweak the rinse cycle with the knob to get it to drain, but it only gets worst. I checked the drain line and there's no clog.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    Yep, same problem.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    I have the same problem with my GE "Profile Performance, Quiet Power III" Model GSD5610D00WW. I suspect, but not yet confirmed it is related to the Timer. Check this link for more details on dishwasher timers and their functionality (and how to troubleshoot them).

  • nc 1st time Apr 30, 2008

    YES ! ITS BOT DRAINING except out the door!

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    Exact same problem! 4 year old dishwasher and I must fidget with the knob to make the last cycle drain. Has anyone found a way to resolve this?

  • rjsmroberts Dec 09, 2008

    I have the same problem. I have a GE Porfile. It does not drain after the last cycle. I must restart a new cycle and then press the start button again so it will finally drain out the standing water. At that point, the dishwasher is finished

  • debbie8463 Mar 15, 2009

    I have the same problem. I'm looking for a solution. :(



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Check disposer plug. If a garbage disposer has been recently installed, it is possible the disposer drain plug was not removed. The drain plug is a plastic piece in the disposer that blocks the hole where the dishwasher hose connects. Also check the hose connected to the disposal. Mine apparently had a kink in it. When I straightened the hose the dishwasher drained at full speed (I recently had a plumber re-route a hot waterline. He must has bent the hose). Hope this helps. If not go to the GE website. That's where I found my answer.

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