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DIY Fixes For Your Clogged Dishwasher

Your dishwasher saves you time and money on a daily basis and you need it in working order to maintain an efficient home. When it does malfunction however, there is no need to panic. Here is a quick fix you can try before calling in a Levine & Sons professional»

Step 1: Remove the Contents
You can’t clear your strainer and drain hose without first removing all of your dishes. Place them in the sink while you complete the rest of the steps.

Step 2: Turn Off Water and Power
Your water and power supply should be located behind the front panel of your dishwasher. This will help you avoid any hazards during the cleaning process.

Step 3: Remove the Water
Before you do this, make sure you cover the vicinity around the dishwasher with a number of towels. As your water line drains, make sure it is going into a bucket that is large enough to hold it. Use a cup to scoop out any excess water that may be left in the dishwasher.

Step 4: Check the Drain Hose
You can access the drain hose by removing the kick plate on the front of the dishwasher. The drain hose runs from the drain pump on your unit to the sink drain or air gap on the sink. Take a flashlight and follow this line to look for any kinks or debris that may be causing the clog.

Step 5: Remove Drain Hose
Now it is time to clear any blockages or clogs that may have formed in the rubber tube. To do this, run warm, soapy water through the tube to loosen up any clogs. Then, take a long, flexible brush and run it through the tube to force out any blockages.

Step 6: Run the Dishwasher
Reconnect the drain hose and the power and run the dishwasher on a short cycle. You might still see some water on the bottom, but hopefully your drainage problem has improved. If not, you’ll need to call in the professionals.

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