How To Fix A Clogged Dishwasher


I need your advice on how to fix a clogged dishwasher.

Most people hate sitting water in a sink to wash the dishes by hand, and it is even grosser when it is in the dishwasher.

That’s how I knew it was clogged.

If you’re lucky, you can put on a pair of dishwashing gloves, reach down to the drain in the bottom of the dishwasher and remove all the big food chunks the kids did not eat or put in the trash.

So you think it is the drainage basket that’s blocked.

It could be the sump, too, but that’s almost a matter of disassembling things to get to it to remove the gunky junk that’s stuck in it.

I really do not want to touch that.

So straighten out a coat hanger and try to poke it out. And hope it does not get stuck in the drain hose.

If the clog is in the drain hose, that would explain why I do not see it. I would be seeing a professional to do it.

You could find the manual and instructions on how to open the hose and clear stuff out.

It is more a matter of paying people to do the disgusting stuff and minimize the risk of cleaning moldy stinky water off the floor when I do it wrong. Where else might the clog be?

You may need to remove food from the little sprayers on the top rack if you have a lot of food clogged in the drain. For example, corn kernels and bits of pico de gallo could be clogging the top rack sprayer.

More work for the poker, then.

If you have a clog in the hose, you can use a wire hanger to try to pull it out the way you’d try to pull hair balls out of the tub drain, instead of half-disassembling the unit.

I heard the block might be somewhere else altogether.

If you get a nasty sewer smell in the dishwasher or bubbles and feed into the garbage disposal, it is possible there is food in the air gap.

Where’s that at?

If the dishwasher drain hose is connected to the garbage disposal, you could have a food piece stuck in that hose. First turn on the garbage disposal to see if that can clear it out.

If it has not by now, it is not going to.

Then verify that the knock out plastic cap on the garbage disposal has been removed, then take the drain hose connecting them off and clear it.

And yet another task I’ll happily outsource to a pro.

Teenagers and husbands are good, too.

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