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Old 09-17-2003, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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pool of water on the bottom of the dish washer

My dish washer is not draining completely. There is a pool of water on the bottom of the machine. Any ideas on what could be the problem? I wonder if it's clogged drain or jammed valve or what. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 09-17-2003, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is it just this one time or everytime you run a load of dishes?
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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possibilities....

1: clogged. - maybe just at the first outlet stage where there is a mesh cover to try and keep out larger chunks. Maybe just a screw or two to get this cover off, and cleaned out. Maybe clogged in the impeller itself, or the outflow hose. This will require more taking apart to get at.

2: the impeller (usually plastic) has stripped off the grippy parts that allow it to hold onto the metal motor spindle. Usually the impeller can be replaced as a component (I did mine twice so far) but the dealer will probably try and sell you a pump assemply. If you can get your hands on a blow-up diagram you can possibly find part numbers to make ordering easier.

3: re: valve. My dishwasher uses an electric solonoid to switch the spray to drain valve. I can see if this is moving correctly by removing the lower front cover and watching if it moves correctly during a cycle. Usually accompanied by a fairly clear smack sound.
Could be the solonoid is burnt out and can't move the lever to switch the valve which allows the water to pump out.

Hope this helps.

PS My money would be on #2
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Old 09-17-2003, 01:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If it's just this one time, check to see if there's a lot of food clogging the drain screens. If it's mostly clean and the waters not up to the edge of the door then just try running the thing through a wash cycle again to see if it works. It could have been knocked out of its cycle before it was finished. Mine did this a couple of times...

Otherwise, the pumps probably out.
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Old 09-18-2003, 09:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your help everyone.
I know couple of new things now.
1. Water is pumped out, not passively drained, when the dish washer is done.
2. The water path is rather narrow. Things can get clogged in there....

I opened the dish washer up in the bottom and I saw the pump and stuff but I don't know what to do with it.....maybe I'll take apart the bottom from inside to see if there is a clog, but I'm kinda afraid I wouldn't be able to put it back together.

Thanks anyways, I'll keep you updated
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Old 09-21-2003, 02:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The problem was that water was not draining at all from the dish washer. As suggested, I checked 2 most obvious things. I took apart the cover of the drain and cleaned it out as much as I could reach. I got some gunk out. I also cleaned the air gap. There were still some liquid sitting in the dish washer so I disconnected the drain pipe and sucked on it little bit to prime it so whatever remained drained.

I was encouraged by the fact that I was able to get the water out and put everything back together and ran the dish washer again and everything was fine.

Thank you very much Dibbler and Trian
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Old 09-21-2003, 10:38 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Is it possible or even advisable to using something like Draino or Liquid Plumber on a dishwasher if the problem is just accumulated food/gunk?
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Old 09-26-2003, 12:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wouldn't. It has lots of fragile looking plastic parts and the drain pipe is also thin plastic. The water also goes through a pumping unit as it drains.
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Old 09-27-2003, 11:39 PM   #9 (permalink)
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if you go sears.com and type in the kind of dishwasher that you have they have a schematic and then you can order just the part that you need, if you need one. i just had to get a part for mine.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hello Every One my name is Anthony I just joined your group. I have a qestion I have a Bocsh dishwasher we had it installed about 4 ears ago just over a month age it started having clean water in the bottom. This is after it finish it's cycle it's not there at first but come bake later and you have water in bottom. I have check the hose and it's clean at the sink connection what else can I check. Thanks

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Old 07-09-2010, 11:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hello Every One my name is Anthony I just joined your group. I have a qestion I have a Bocsh dishwasher we had it installed about 4 ears ago just over a month age it started having clean water in the bottom. This is after it finish it's cycle it's not there at first but come bake later and you have water in bottom. I have check the hose and it's clean at the sink connection what else can I check. Thanks

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Hi Anthony, welcome to the board. I haven't dealt with Bocsh machines, but is the pump clogged?
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't know what the problem with your dishwasher is. I had a similar problem with ours recently and after reading many appliance websites found out that this is a typical problem with many dishwashers. The usual problem seems to be either a blocked line or failed pump.

One tip I learned to keep you going until you fix or replace it is to restart the wash cycle after it is finished then stop it after a few seconds. The wash cycle should reset and stop and pump out the sump each time. I ran ours for a month this way until buying a new one.
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You need to check the line that is responsible for discharging the water. You really want to hope that there is just some debris in there that is clogging it. take a hanger or something and clean it out. Make sure you have disconnected it from both ends before snaking it. You don't want to push the debris into either the dishwasher or disposal. If it is the pump...hire a professional!

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