Don’t be alarmed if you see a puddle of water in the bottom of your dishwasher after a cycle.
Although standing water may indicate that your dishwasher need expert repair, it’s usually a small problem that you can resolve on your own.
Clogs in the filter, trash disposal, drain hose, drain pump, or air gap cause water in the bottom of the dishwasher. The dishwasher will not drain correctly if food or silt accumulates inside these systems. The problem can be solved by locating the blockage and cleaning the debris.
In this article, I go further into what’s causing water to pool in the bottom of your dishwasher and explain how to troubleshoot in plain English.
Even if you don’t consider yourself handy, you might be amazed at how simple (and affordable) it is to get your dishwasher functioning well on your own.
Let’s get started!
The Most Common Reasons Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Drain
The first step in dealing with water in the bottom of your dishwasher is to identify the source of the problem.
Clogs, inadequate maintenance, operational errors, and broken or malfunctioning parts are the most typical causes of water in the bottom of your dishwasher.
The most common cause of water not draining correctly is blockages. Dishes should be rinsed before being placed in the dishwasher to avoid clogging.
There are a variety of parts and systems in your dishwasher that may become clogged, and I go through how to clean each one in detail in under a minute.
The majority of people are unaware that regular maintenance is required to keep their dishwasher in good working order.
Emptying the drain basket, examining the hoses, and cleaning the filters are all examples of routine maintenance.
Cleaning and inspecting the spray arm every six months, or as indicated in your owner’s handbook, is also an excellent idea.
To guarantee appropriate operating practices, always reference your owner’s handbook. It is critical to understand how to use the machine and which products are advised.
In a pinch, using ordinary dish soap might cause a blockage and result in water in the dishwasher’s bottom.
To avoid voiding your guarantee, get parts replaced by a certified technician when they wear out.
If you’re not sure who to call, Home Advisor can help you locate highly-rated, credentialed providers in your region.
Obtaining absolutely free, no-obligation quotations takes only a few minutes.
Understanding the Parts of Your Dishwasher
Before I go into how to fix standing water, it’s useful to understand the sections of your dishwasher and how they function.
Dishwashers contain a lot of the same parts, however they might differ depending on the brand.
Here are some of the most typical components I’ll discuss in this article:
An air gap, also known as an air cap, is a mechanism that keeps unclean water out of your dishwasher, ensuring that the water used to wash your dishes is clean. Although an air gap is not required by all dishwashers, it is required by some states’ plumbing standards.
Dishwasher Filter: You may have a manual or self-cleaning filter, depending on the manufacturer. This filter is normally found in the bottom of the dishwasher, but your owner’s handbook will provide more specific information. Its aim is to capture food and other particles during the wash cycle in order to keep the recirculating water clean.
Drain Hose: This is a hose that links the drain pump on your dishwasher to your trash disposal or air gap.
Drain Pump: Water from the dishwasher is pushed into your drain line or garbage disposal by the drain pump.
Spray Arm: During the cleaning cycle, the spray arm spins and sprays water onto the dishes.
Don’t know what parts your dishwasher has or where they are?
Fortunately, you can get complete product manuals for your dishwasher brand and model online.
If you have an older model, contact the manufacturer for assistance. They may be able to provide you with phone-based customer care to help you solve the problem.
The majority of dishwashers lack a separate plumbing connection. Instead, they connect and drain through the trash disposal, which is attached to a drain pipe outside.