My Whirlpool dishwasher washes and drains fine, but accumulates water when it is off. It takes about one day before the bottom part of the dishwasher is filled up with water. It is clean water. My guess is there is probably some problem with a valve, so even though the dishwasher is off, water continues to flow into it.
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Re: Dishwasher Accumulates Water When Off
Try turning water off to dishwasher and see if it stops it. If so, replace valve. If not check for a low drain hose loop, allowing drain water from sink to back up into dishwasher. Just raise drain hose as high as possible under sink and secure.
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If your dishwasher is connected to a garbage disposal and not used frequently and you hand wash dishes on the disposal side, the soap that is used for hand washing dishes accumulates in the dishwasher when you pull the stopper. This soap sudses excessively in the dishwasher when it is run. This happens quite frequently in the apartments I service. I have to put in several pans of water and turn the timer till it pumps out several times.
Also, make sure the disposal is working properly or the dishwasher will not drain and dish water will back up into the dishwasher. There is usually a 5/16 allen socket to free the disposal located under it in the very center of the disposal as well as a small red sqare reset button once the unit is freed up. Make sure switch is off at wall before attempting service. hope this helps.
two possible sources of water
inlet valve leaking. turn water off after use and if no water accumulates, then cause is leaking valve
if drain is plumbed in to a spigot on the sink trap, then every time you empty water from the sink, some of it goes down to the washer
cure by taking the drain hose up as far as possible under the sink in a swan neck
Your problem is a water leak. There are a couple of rubber seals that are required to correct the problem.. When the seal leaks it accumulates in a tray in the bottom where a sensor turns on the pump when water is present. If you remove the lower access panel and reach in you should see the accumulated water. I had a repair tech repair mine.
first thing to check is the connection from the drain hose to the spigot under the sink. in most cases food accumulates there because the hole inside the spigot in not drilled all the way around when the d/w is installed and a "lip" is left where the food stacks onto. if clear check for a kink in the drain hose at the back of the d/w and all the way to the sink. if ok then time to check the drain pump.
your valve will be on bottom but they are sometimes not to hard to get to also you do not have to change the valve some of those selanoid valves are expensive and the do make seals and or o-rings to fix those valves i fix them quite often the only time you have to change the whole valve is when the selanoid burns up if you can give me the serial and model #s plus brand and make i may be able to find out what we need to do to get you leak free with out breaking the bank
You have a drain problem, Your house drain may be restricted the dish washer pumps out with more pressure then the water just falling down your sink.I would snake it or have a plumber clean out that drain...let me know if this helps