How to repair a dishwasher, not draining – troubleshoot Whirlpool

Hey everybody this is Adam and let’s see if I can help you fix your dishwasher. Now they have not changed much in the past few decades so even if you have an old one or a different brand than the one I am fixing. It does not really matter because they are often built the same and even use the same parts.

What you find in mine will probably look a lot like what you find in yours. Now before you take apart your dishwasher you are going to want to look inside your garbage disposal and see if the pipe is clogged. Now their is a little hole inside.

Kind of nasty.

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Or you can unscrew the pipe that’s attached to it under your sink. Now that pipe leads to your dishwasher. If that’s clogged with food or clogged with something then the water is not going to ba able to leave your dishwasher and it’s going to sit in there.

Or it could be just restricted.

That could be a problem too, so make sure that pipe is clean. Also check your p-trap has nothing stuck in there. You will know if your sink is not draining very well. So that will be a sign.

If you have done that then you can start taking apart your dishwasher. Take out the racks. The top rack is going to be held in with a clip.

This one I have to push in a little lever on the inside, lift it up and out. There is a clip on the left and on the right.

After you remove the clips the top rack should slide right out. And while you are here you might want to look at the screws around your door. These things come loose it can stop your door from closing all the way.

Also if you have a hole in the gasket around your dishwasher it can leak. So if your dishwasher is leaking on the floor by the door, that might be the problem. Before you take out any screws, lay a cloth down so that they don’t drop down inside. It can be really annoying, and it happens all the time.

There is a screw in the back and the top.

Three of them are visible

If you happen to loose those screws, they are stainless steel so you are going to want to find stainless steel screws to replace them. The lower sprayer comes out by unscrewing the part in the middle. It pops right off.

I am using a T-15 bit to take out the four screws. Three of them are visible and one is hiding behind the arm. The arm should be free to move now. Turn it about 45° and lift up.

It should come right out.

Somewhere there is going to be this little plastic ring. You want to hang on to that. Don’t loose it. Now you can access the 4th screw that was hidden before.

The plug should come right out and you should be able to lift out the filter. And underneath mine, look at that. A label is floating around. This is often happening.

There are labels and stickers on plates, especially kids ones. They can come off and jam parts inside. We have a cover that we are going to take off. It will be held on with one screw.

Then you can see the blade and the screen.

On the bottom of the cover there is more paper and plastic rammed in corners. Check yours out and clear it out. You want to make sure that all the parts that you put back in have been cleaned.

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Spin the blade and make sure that it moves. It’s going to be a little stiff but it should be able to spin without it feeling like you are going to break anything. There’s chunks of plastic and debris.

Hopefully you can find the obvious problem here.

Hopefully it’s there and you can clear it out. Also on the back of the filter; pop it off and clean out the underside. All this crud that gets stuck on your screen slows down the water and will make it so that your dishwasher is not cleaning as effectively. Then place the cover back on.

The cover should fit very nicely.

You shouldn‘t feel like you have to force it. It shouldn’t feel like it’s fighting back. If it does, something is misaligned so take it off and make sure it slips on easily.

Then put the filter back on and before you tighten all the screws, put them in one at a time. That way, if you drop one, you don’t have to take the others out. Once they are in the holes tighten them. Hopefully cleaning and clearing it out fixed your problem.

Before you put the plug back in slip on the clear ring, put it in the arm, and insert the arm and give it a turn.

And it should lock in place. Put on your lower sprayer arm. The nut inside that you tighten it to should spin freely. If it does not then pull it up and loosen it.

Then put in the back screw and the top screw.

Use a cloth to catch the screws incase you drop one. Then slide the racks in and throw the clips in place. This usually fixes most dishwashers with a draining problem.

It’s just something is down there inside and the blade can’t grind it up.

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It’s just stuck, and the water is not going to leave if it’s all clogged. Once you have cleared it out, hopefully it works. If it doesn’t you may have a pump problem or a pump failure in which case you would need to pull your dishwasher out.

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