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How to Troubleshoot an Electrolux Dishwasher Not Draining Water

While most repair professionals are no strangers to dishwasher draining issues, sometimes a DIY fix is the right solution. Why is my Electrolux dishwasher not draining water? A clogged filter can block water flow and needs to be cleaned. Try these Electrolux dishwasher troubleshooting tips to solve draining problems.

Electrolux Dishwasher Not Draining Water?
One of These 4 Reasons Could Be Why.

Is there supposed to be water in the bottom of the dishwasher? While a small amount can occur with normal function, puddles of dirty water indicate a draining problem. However, before pinpointing the cause, are you wondering how to drain a dishwasher with standing water? Scoop away as much as possible with a measuring cup or ladle before soaking up the rest with dishcloths or paper towels. Next, proceed with these troubleshooting steps.

Dishwasher Needs to Be Cleaned

Why won’t my Electrolux dishwasher drain if the filter is dirty? The filter screens out debris to prevent drain pump clogs but can itself fall victim to blockages without regular cleanings. These clogs block water from draining, leaving puddles in the bottom of the dishwasher.

Here’s how to clean the filter when you find your Electrolux dishwasher not draining:

  • Remove the dishwasher’s lower rack.
  • Take out the cylindrical filter by rotating it clockwise by the handle.
  • Lift up on the flat filter to remove.
  • Wash both components with a sponge under running water.
  • Dry both thoroughly.
  • Replace the flat filter.
  • Place the cylindrical filter in its compartment and turn it counterclockwise by its handle until it’s secure. 
  • Replace the bottom rack.

electrolux dishwasher not draining

Drain Hose is Kinked or Clogged

Drain hose clogs and kinks are two of the most common reasons for an Electrolux dishwasher not draining water. This flexible, plastic hose is typically located under the sink where stored items can jostle it and cause kinks. Once this happens, water will back up into the dishwasher after draining. Inspect the hose and gently straighten any kinks. If the hose is cracked or damaged, it must be replaced.

Drain hose clogs are best addressed by a professional, though an experienced DIYer can try to remove the hose and check for blockages. If you do attempt this, be careful not to puncture or otherwise damage the hose itself. This can lead to even bigger problems including water leaks.

*Pro Tip: Due to the potential for water leakage when a dishwasher isn’t draining properly, we strongly suggest installing water alarms near your dishwasher. Products like Flood Buzz act as an early warning system that protects your home from water damage the second a leak is detected. Contact us today for more information or to purchase Flood Buzz alarms.

Broken Dishwasher Drain Pump

The drain pump uses impellers and a motor to expel dirty water from the dishwasher into the drain hose. If the pump’s impellers are blocked or the drain pump motor fails, water can’t drain. When either the drain pump or drain hose is clogged, one of the corresponding Electrolux dishwasher fault codes illuminates on the display panel.

Check the drain impellers for blockages and remove any that could impair their function. If the impellers are broken or the motor shows no continuity with multimeter testing, the Electrolux dishwasher drain pump must be replaced. This complex job is best accomplished by a professional dishwasher repair service.

Inspect Air Gap and Garbage Disposal

If the dishwasher is functioning properly, check your kitchen’s air gap or garbage disposal for clogs. Typically, your dishwasher shares a common drain with these devices. If either becomes clogged, an Electrolux dishwasher won’t drain because this shared pipe is blocked.

Before starting a wash cycle, always run the disposal to clear the drain of any food particles. Regularly clean the air gap by removing its cover and scooping away visible debris with a paper towel or wire brush.

Is your Electrolux dishwasher not draining after trying these troubleshooting tips? Perhaps another issue, like the dishwasher not drying dishes, is hampering function. No matter the cause, the experts at Cody’s Appliance Repair can solve the problem!

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