Oh no! Your Maytag dishwasher won’t drain? Don’t panic. Dishwashers are, after all, complex machines. Fortunately, with some handy tools and a bit of patience, you can most likely identify the problem and even fix it yourself. In this guide, we’ll explore the most common reasons why your dishwasher might not be draining properly and what you can do about it.
Troubleshooting Tips for When Your Maytag Dishwasher Won’t Drain Water
Before we dive in, remember that DIY repairs should be carried out with safety in mind. Always unplug your dishwasher before starting any repair work.
Is the Dishwasher Pump and Motor Assembly Working?
The pump and motor assembly could be the culprit behind the water that’s pooling in the bottom of your dishwasher. It works to push water from the dishwasher to the drain. If it’s malfunctioning, it can’t do its job properly. You can check it visually for any apparent damage or debris. If it appears damaged, replacement may be necessary.
Could a Clogged Garbage Disposal be the Issue?
If you’ve recently installed a garbage disposal, there’s a chance it could be causing the problem. The knockout plug might still be intact, blocking the drainage. To fix this, disconnect the drain hose from the garbage disposal, then knock out the plug with a hammer and a screwdriver.
What About the Dishwasher Drain Hose?
The drain hose could be bent or clogged, preventing the water from draining out of your dishwasher. Check the hose for clogs or kinks and straighten it if needed. You can also run a solution of vinegar and baking soda through it to clear potential clogs.
Is the Dishwasher Check Valve Functioning?
The check valve prevents the backward flow of drain water. If it’s stuck or broken, your dishwasher may not drain. Check the valve and replace it if it appears to be stuck or damaged.
Is the Dishwasher Check Ball Stuck?
The check ball, a small plastic ball in the check valve, can also prevent proper drainage if it gets stuck. Make sure it’s free to move around; if it’s not, try cleaning or replacing it.
Could the Dishwasher Filter Assembly Be the Problem?
Your dishwasher filter assembly may be clogged, preventing water from draining out. Cleaning this component regularly can prevent this issue from occurring.
Is the Dishwasher Screen Filter Clogged?
Just like the filter assembly, the screen filter can become clogged with food and other debris, hindering proper drainage. Check it regularly and clean it when necessary.
How about the Dishwasher Inlet Valve?
Last but not least, the dishwasher inlet valve, which controls the water entering your dishwasher, could also be at fault. If it’s clogged or broken, it could cause a drainage problem. Inspect the valve and clean or replace it as necessary.
If after going through all these potential problems your dishwasher still isn’t draining properly, it might be time to call a professional. GFY Appliance Repair offers expert Maytag dishwasher repair services.