When it comes to maintaining your kitchen, many people tend to overlook their appliances, namely their dishwashers. Yes, your dishwashers can end up suffering if you don’t maintain it properly. One of the common issues would be its drainage. It has many people wondering, “Why is dishwasher not draining?” Because of this issue, not only are they unable to wash their dishes in the machine, but they also have to deal with a mess if ever the water continues to pile up while the dishwasher is in use!
So read on as I help you in finding out why your dishwasher isn’t draining properly and how to remedy it.
Why Is Frigidaire Dishwasher Not Draining?
There are various reasons as to why your dishwasher isn’t working. The two main reasons are:
1. There is food or forms of debris stuck in various parts of your dishwasher, namely the drain hose, internal screen system, or the plumbing beyond your drain hose.
2. Your dishwasher’s drain pump is broken.
So if you have been placing your dishes and utensils inside the dishwasher without removing any big chunks of food or dirt beforehand, then that may be the main reason why your dishwasher’s drain system stopped working properly.
You will know the exact reason after you have drained the dishwasher manually to see if there are any particles of food or it is the drain pump at fault.
How To Fix A Dishwasher That Doesn’t Drain
Now that you’re familiar with why your dishwasher may not be draining well, here are some things to follow so you can identify the problem and fix it yourself:
1. Check The Dishwasher’s Internal Screen
Before checking this part, let the dishwasher cool down. Refer to the dishwasher’s manual to open up the dishwasher and remove the internal screen. If you see any food particles and dirt around the internal screen, then you have now found your problem. Clean the screen then replace it. Once you have put back the screen, use the dishwasher and check the status of drainage after the new cycle.
2. New Wash Cycle
Usually, the problem is some food stuck in the drain pump that simply needs to be let out. All you will need to do is to run a new cycle to allow any food particles or dirt to wash out and drain on its own. Check the drainage of the dishwasher after that new cycle. If it still has an issue, then follow my next step.
3. Checking Your Drain Hose
Before you check your drain hose (from the machine’s wall and is connected to your drain pipe), let the dishwasher cool down. Locate the drain hose, which may be under the sink or wherever the drain pipe is nearby. Once you have found the drain hose, remove it by loosening its fitting from where it connects to the drain pipe. When loosening it up, there will be a bit of water that leaks through, so prepare a bowl and towel.
Now check the hose if there are any signs of blockages. If there are, use a wooden dowel to clean and get rid of these blockages then rinse it with a hose.
To check if there is no more blockage in the drain hose, reattach it back to the dishwasher. Position the hose’s end to empty in a bucket. Run a new cycle with your dishwasher. When the hose drains properly in the bucket, then the drain hose isn’t an issue, but an internal one. If it does not drain into the bucket, then the drain pump is defective and must be replaced. You can do it yourself, or you can opt to hire a plumber.
The next thing to do is to either contact the manufacturers to check what needs to be done (or to have it replaced and repaired if your warranty still works) or to hire a repairman to replace or fix any parts that hinder the dishwasher from draining itself.
Wrapping It Up
If ever your dishwasher begins to act up and stops draining itself, you won’t need to waste hundreds of dollars just to have it checked by a plumber. Instead, learn about its different parts to find the problem and fix it yourself. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you had learned much more about your dishwasher for any future issues that may arise.
I hope that this article answers your question: “Why is dishwasher not draining?” Now that you know what to do, start repairing your dishwasher to have clean kitchen items without the hassle.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on your dishwasher’s drainage, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.