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Identifying A Clogged Dishwasher

Your dishwasher truly works magic to keep all your dishes fresh and clean. But when you run a cycle and notice leftover crumbs on some of the plates, there may be something wrong with your unit––perhaps a clog! In that case, you’ll want to check if your dishwasher is clogged.

Check For A Clogged Dishwasher

If your unit is smelly or you notice water collecting at the bottom of it, you may be dealing with a clogged dishwasher. If your dishwasher drains and hoses are clogged, they won’t be able to clean your dishes properly.

How to check for a clogged dishwasher

  • While your dishwasher is trying to drain, listen for the sound of the drain pump. You should hear a distinctive sound when the dishwasher moves out of the wash cycle and begins to drain the water. If you didn't hear the sound of the pump, that's a good sign that your dishwasher's drain pump isn't working.

  • Open the dishwasher door after a wash cycle and check the bottom of the washer for standing water. If the pump is running but the water still isn't draining, that means there's a clog somewhere between the washing machine and the drain.

  • Run the tap in your kitchen and watch as the water drains. If it's not draining at your sink either, the drain line under your sink is clogged. If it's draining at the sink but not through your dishwasher, that means that the clog is within your dishwasher's drain system.

If you don’t notice any clogs in your dishwasher, consider the other reasons for why your dishwasher is struggling to work properly.

What To Do About Your Clogged Dishwasher

Once you’ve determined you’re dealing with a clogged dishwasher, you’ll want to fix the issue right away. Think you’ll need a helping hand? Connect with one of our Remote Assist technicians that can guide and resolve the problem over the phone.

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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