If your dishwasher is not fully draining, you may notice water standing in the bottom of your appliance. This may be due to an interrupted cycle, or a clog or blockage. Let’s identify the most common causes of a dishwasher that won’t drain—and what you can do to fix it.
IF YOUR DISHWASHER ISN’T DRAINING, CHECK THE FOLLOWING:
1. DISHWASHER DOOR
If the dishwasher door is not completely closed and latched, the dishwasher will not be able to run or complete its cycle. Check to ensure that no dishes are preventing the dishwasher door from fully shutting. Inspect the door hinges and door latch for misalignment or damage and realign or replace the components as needed.
If you opened your dishwasher door mid-cycle, you may need to press the start button again after closing the door to allow the cycle to continue. If you forgot to restart the cycle and water has pooled in the bottom of your dishwasher, press the cancel or drain button to reset the dishwasher.
3. SUMP AREA
Check the sump area in the rear of the tub to ensure there are no lodged food particles or objects. Clear out any debris that may be blocking the sump, such as noodles, bones, paper labels from jars, etc.
4. DRAIN FILTER
If your dishwasher’s drain filter is clogged with debris, it won’t be able to drain properly. Regular clean the filter to prevent blockages. The filter is typically easy to remove and can be washed in hot, soapy water using a scrub brush.
Since most dishwasher drain hoses are connected to your kitchen sink, a clog or blockage in the sink can prevent your appliance from draining completely. Inspect your sink for clogs and fish out debris with a plumber’s snake. If you have a garbage disposal, always make sure to run it before starting a dishwasher cycle to clear any debris in the drain system.
DISHWASHER STILL WON’T DRAIN? CALL ON THE EXPERTS
If you can’t pinpoint the source of the drainage issue—or if you need repairs or a replacement part—we’re here to help. Our local technicians are well-equipped to identify, diagnose, and resolve most GE dishwasher issues on the first visit.* Schedule service online now.