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Identifying a Clogged Dishwasher Drain Line

When you’re left with a clogged dishwasher drain line, it’s not only the part that gets blocked-- you get blocked from being able to use a functioning dishwasher. Drain lines, run by a set of hoses, are not an uncommon ground for clogs. You'll want to resolve the issue as soon as possible to get your system up and running again.

Check For a Clogged Dishwasher Drain Line

When you’re dealing with a clogged dishwasher drain line, you may notice unusual gurgling sounds, standing water in your dishwasher, and even unclean dishes-- all of which could have been caused by those chunks of leftover food on your dishes that weren’t removed before using the washer.

Before moving ahead with the issue, you’ll want to make sure that it’s truly a clog in your drain line that’s causing your troubles.

How to check for a clogged dishwasher drain line

  • Set the dishwasher to the drain cycle. You should hear a click. Listen to the flow of water near the garbage disposal or drain pipes under your sink. Does it sound slower than it used to? A slow drain could indicate a partial clog or a kinked drain line. If you don't hear any flowing water at all, it may be a full clog.

  • Open the dishwasher door and look around the bottom. If you still see water sitting there, then the dishwasher hasn't been able to drain properly.

  • Run the sink faucets to determine whether the water drains properly. A clog in the drain pipes or garbage disposal can also prevent your dishwasher from draining. If your sink doesn't drain properly, the issue could be as simple as running the garbage disposal to free any blockage. If the water drains without issue, then the clog is likely in the dishwasher's lines.

If it doesn’t seem like a clog is the issue, investigate what other reasons may be causing your dishwasher to have problems.

What To Do With a Clogged Dishwasher Drain Line

When dealing with a clogged dishwasher drain line, you can try removing the dishwasher drain hose and giving it a thorough clean yourself. In the future, make sure to clear your dishes of any food remnants before using your unit!

If you’re dealing with a more severe clog, or if you’re unsure how to go about unclogging the dishwasher drain line, one of our Remote Assist technicians would be more than happy to guide you through the process and get you back to happy cleaning!

NOTE: This content is for informational purposes only, and HomeX and its affiliates disclaim all liability related to it. If you decide to perform any tasks based on this information, you assume all risks, including the risk of loss or damage to property or personal injury.

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