How To Troubleshoot If Your Dishwasher Won’t Drain

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Nobody likes washing dishes by hand!  Access to having a dishwasher is crucial to anyone who eats or cooks at home. Any break in the dishwashers functions is enough to make anyone want to use paper plates and plastic utensils. Who has the time to hand wash their dishware these days!

If you find that your dishwasher is having trouble draining, there’s some easy steps you can take to troubleshoot!

Clean the drain

If dishes aren’t rinsed off properly, food debris can accumulate around the drain and on the bottom of the dishwasher.  Small
items, like tupperware lids might have dislodged during a cycle and blocked drain.

Clean the filter

In the bottom of your dishwasher is a filter that you can remove and clean if it’s having trouble draining.  You can hand wash it with soap and water. Let it dry before reinstalling it. 

Try running it again

Your cycle could have gotten interrupted and never reached the drain cycle.  If you have a cancel or drain button on your dishwasher, use this and run a new cycle. Very often- this fixes the problem!

Run the garbage disposal

Most dishwashers are connected to the same drain hose that the garbage disposal uses.  Sometimes these get clogged by food or foreign objects. Run hot water down your drain and turn on the garbage disposal.  This should clear out any obstructions and might help your dishwasher drain.

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If none of these work, it’s time to call in a professional!

Sometimes, DIY troubleshooting just isn’t enough.  In these times, a Home Warranty from Home Protection of America (HPOA) could be just what you need!  

Home Warranties can cover many of your major home appliances, including your dishwasher.  A Home Warranty works to protect you against unexpected costs, like malfunctioning appliances. 

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When your appliances and systems are covered by HPOA, you simply report your claim, have the freedom to call any licensed vendor you prefer, and pay no deductible, service or trade fees.  Claims can be submitted 24/7!

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