Posted by DFM on Oct 30, 2013
My Dishwasher Doesn’t Drain, What Should I Do and How to Fix It?

My Dishwasher Doesn’t Drain, What Should I Do and How to Fix It?

Nothing is worse than seeing water on the bottom of our dishwashers. When it happens for the first time, you can easily panic since you have no clue how to fix it. Solutions for fixing the problem are fairly simple but you are going to need another person beside you to help in case you need anything. Although the solutions are simple, the process of repair is NOT, so make sure you’re not in a hurry and you have some spare time in your hands. So, let us begin with the short FAQ:


Drain TubeIf the washer doesn’t drain one of the first problems people think of is drain tube. A bunch of these washers can get things stuck in them, from little pieces of clothing to something bigger. Most of these things end up in a drain tube, which you need to check often to prevent blockages. Clean it and even blow in it to remove everything.




The PumpThe Pump is another thing you might want to check out, and one of those things that you should check out regularly. Same as with the drain tube, this one is pretty similar; small objects can get caught up and then it gets clogged. Completely check the pump and make sure it’s clean. Cleaning the pump is really tricky, and you’ll have to be really careful. However, if you think you can’t do it alone then the best thing is to call a professional technicians, and explain the situation to them.


There are more causes of failed drainage, but those two listed above are the main ones  in most cases.


Next one could be that your switch lid assembly isn’t working well, or is defective. Just check all switches and if they are functional. After that you should know that 90% of draining problems are related to a piece of clothing or anything else getting stuck in the part that starts or finishes the drain. Same goes for the coin trap, which is supposed to stop any object that fell out of your clothing. If the coin trap is dysfunctional then all those objects will fall and clog your drain. Though this is not a common problem, it can happen, and if it does, you’ll have to approach this problem very carefully since larger objects like coins can potentially damage your washer.


Other related problems can happen because of the belt. If it’s not spinning, then you have even more items coming down in your drain and clogging your washer.  So if it comes to that, you will need to buy a new belt, or fix your current one. Don’t fix it alone if it’s your first time or if you really don’t know the source of the problem. There should be someone with at least a little bit experience with you, as long as they know the main parts of the washer, otherwise you can do something wrong and cause even more damage than before.

Even if you do know a lot about fixing your washer, have someone with you so they can lift the washer up and help you up. And if you are in need of some manuals, feel free to visit our washer categories for manuals: Maytag manuals, Bosch manuals, Kenmore manuals