The washer has a draining phase, between the wash and rinse cycle, as well as before the final spin. The spinning supplements the removal of excess water, by means of a drain. The dishwasher cannot spin the dishes; hence the draining mechanism needs to work perfectly, so that the appliance can get the dishes as dry as possible.
There are six places where some malfunction could keep the draining function from carrying out its expected job. This article will take a quick look at each of those 6 places. In addition, it will suggest a remedy, if the instruments needed for performance of that same remedy can be accessed, without calling an expert at appliance repairs.
The 6 spots to check
The first spot to check is the appliance’s air gap. The manufacturers have put an air gap between the dishwasher’s inner and outer section. In the absence of that air gap, water will lack a place to drain. The second spot is in the sink. Water from the dishwasher is supposed to drain into the kitchen sink. A blockage in a drain pipe that leads to the sink would keep the dishwasher from getting rid of the unwanted wash water. In order to remove that same blockage, it is best to use baking soda, rather than a drain cleaner.
Spot number 3 is not even in the dishwasher. It is in the location where the cleaning supplies for the kitchen get stored. When the wrong dishwasher detergent has been used, the appliance’s drain feature does not work well. The right detergent limits creation of suds, so that no excess amount of suds can block the drainpipe.
Spot number 4 is near the kitchen sink; it is the filter used to clean the water that will pass through the tap. As the filter linked to the dishwasher wears out, the dishwasher’s draining mechanism fails to perform as expected. Particles in the water do not get filtered out, and thus get deposited on the insides of drainage tubes.
The tubes in the system drain into the 5th spot where there could be a problem. That is the drain hose. It is possible to check the drain hose; see if it has a kink in some section. Be sure that the same hose leaves plenty of space for passage of liquid drain-off. The 6th and last location to check is the hose loop. Make sure that it is not too high. If necessary, reposition it, so that the water can flow from a high point to a low point, as it gets drained from the dishwasher. If this is difficult for you, it is best to consult with an appliance repair service in San Diego County.