A dishwasher is one of many home appliances connected to your plumbing drain system, so there’s always a possibility of clogging and improper draining. If you see a lot of standing water at the bottom of the dishwasher in your Utah home, there are a few things you can try on your own before calling a professional to fix the problem.
What to do when Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Drain
Although you may think the problem is with the machine itself, the plumbing may be the culprit. Here are a few things you can do when your dishwasher isn’t draining properly.
Clear Your Garbage Disposal
Over 90% of dishwashers drain through the garbage disposal. If this is the case, it’s essential that you keep your disposal clear of harmful items and debris so that the water has enough room to flow freely. To clear food particles in a garbage disposal, run it thoroughly with plenty of hot water. If you need to clean the disposal manually, make sure there is no chance of it engaging, unplugging or turn off the breaker is recommended.
Clean the Air Gap
A dishwasher air gap plays an important role in keeping the dishwasher operating properly. It’s a small metal or plastic device that is mounted on the countertop or sink and connected to two hose components. It prevents dirty water from draining back into your dishwasher and contaminating your clean dishes. If you believe the air gap is blocked, remove the cap and locate the tube that goes into the disposal. Remove any debris from the tube before putting it back to place.
Clean the High Loop
Another method for draining is the high loop method. As the name implies, the drain line of the dishwasher is looped to the highest possible spot under the sink’s counter rim before it runs back down to connect to the drain system. Like the air gap method, the high loop method prevents drain water from backing into the bottom of your dishwasher. Drained water from the dishwasher has to travel upward before gravity sends it down to the p-trap of the kitchen sink.
After checking if the plumbing is working properly, it’s time to look at the dishwashing machine itself.
Load the Dishwasher Properly
Make sure to scrape off large food scraps or anything solid to prevent a clogged pump. Keep in mind, however, dishwasher manufacturers with more efficient models say there is no need to do a complete rinse.
Clean the Filter
A dishwasher filter is responsible for trapping leftover dirt and food particles. To keep your dishwasher filter from being overloaded, we recommend a thorough cleaning at least once a month.
Note: To keep your dishwasher in good working condition and prevent clogged floats, stay away from liquid detergent. Instead, use pods, pouches, or tablets.
Contact iFiX Today for Your Dishwasher Repair
Inspections, regular maintenance, and education of overall operations will keep your dishwasher running smoothly. However, if none of these DIY repairs work, you may need to have a professional and knowledgeable repair company, such as iFiX, provide assistance with repairs and maintenance. Call our locally-owned and operated appliance repair service at 801.731.4349 for all your dishwasher needs.