Dishwasher Repair Lincoln & Omaha: What To Check If Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining Properly

There is nothing more frustrating than finally getting the motivation to put the dishes away and opening your dishwasher to find water and floating food debris at the bottom of your dishwasher. Or worse, to come home from work and discover your kitchen has flooded! Unfortunately, dishwashers are a common cause for kitchen flooding, which can cost you thousands in repair. If you notice that your dishwasher isn’t draining properly, don’t panic! Your handy team at Andy’s Appliance Repair serving Lincoln and Omaha can help. Before you call for dishwasher repair though, here are a few common issues you can check yourself before calling in the experts.

Check Your Garbage Disposal

We all know and love our garbage disposal — after all, it serves as the perfect place to discard leftover or spoiled food and ultimately keeps our trash cans smelling a little more fresh. But, did you know that your dishwasher pumps the dirty water into the garbage disposal as well? If you notice that your dishwasher isn’t draining properly, the first thing you may want to check is that your garbage disposal is clear of food scraps. If your garbage disposal is full or clogged, this could be blocking the discarded water from your dishwasher from entering your disposal, causing it to back up in your dishwasher.   

Check Your Air Gap

Since essentially your sink drain and your dishwasher are connected, many kitchens have an air gap, which is designed to prevent the water from your sink backing up into your dishwasher. Just like your garbage disposal, your air gap can also become clogged and cause water to back up into your dishwasher. To check if your air gap is clogged, simply remove the cap and see if there is any debris.

Check Your Dishwasher Seal

While our dishwashers are pretty magical and make our dishes look just like new, it’s inevitable that food particles and detergent will build up around the dishwasher seal. Over time, the collected debris around the seal can hinder the integrity of the seal and cause your dishwasher to leak.

Check Your Dishwasher Filter

Your dishwasher filter keeps your dishes sparkling, but its dirty job of trapping food, dirt, and other particles can leave you with a dirty job of your own if it gets clogged. To keep your dishes as clean as possible and avoid water pooling up at the bottom of your dishwasher after each cycle, check to make sure your dishwasher filter isn’t clogged.  

Check Your Dishwasher Drain Hose

Another cause for dishwasher water backup is a clog or a kink in the dishwasher drain hose. Make sure you turn off the power to your dishwasher first, then remove the dishwasher drain hose from the pump and blow through it to make sure there isn’t anything obstructing the water from flowing through the dishwasher drain hose.

Check Your Dishwasher Valve Bracket & Drain Valve

In order to prevent water from flowing back into your dishwasher, some dishwashers have a drain bracket and drain valve. If your drain valve or drain bracket malfunctions, it could prevent it from moving freely and cause your dishwasher to back up with water.

Check The Motor

If there doesn’t appear to be any clogs or issues with your drain valve, your motor could be to blame. If you are sure your motor is getting power, but it doesn’t appear to be turning, your dishwasher motor may need to be repaired.

If you have checked everything above and your dishwasher still isn’t draining properly, contact Andy’s Appliance Repair for dishwasher repair service! Whether you have a Samsung, Kenmore, GE, Maytag, or another brand of dishwasher, we are here to get your dishwasher back up and running — just like new. Get dishwasher repair in Lincoln and Omaha today!