Dishwasher not draining

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by kpd007, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. kpd007

    kpd007 New Member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Neat forum. So, for my first post I will ask for help. Two years ago I installed a Kenmore dishwasher and it has worked great since day one. It was not a hard install as I only replaced an existing aged dishwasher. Now after two years, the dishwasher will not drain completely. There is usually about two inches of standing water in the bottom. The drain air gap has not overflowed. When I use the "drain" cycle it still will not drain completely?? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    One thing to check is the entire drain hose, all the way from the DW. Any kink, or internal clog, can cause problems. Otherwise, it may be the pump.

    There is an excellent appliance repair forum at
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  4. toolaholic

    toolaholic General Contractor Carpenter

    Jul 16, 2005
    Repairing and remodeling homes
    Marin Co. Ca.

    a chunk of meat in the hose?
  5. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    If it is worth your time I would take the bottom pull out grate, inspect the screen inlet in the center of dishwasher. If there are screws (most likely) then unscrew them and remove the inlet screen. Even though those holes are small, sometimes weird stuff gets past the screen. Shrimp tails, toothpicks, rabbit grass from easter are just a sample of some things that I have seen make it through the hose and clog an air gap. :confused:
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