We began finding dirty water standing in the bottom of our 10+ year old KitchenAid dishwasher. I could replace it but why replace it if you can fix it!?!?! I’m at least going to try to fix it!
How to Fix Water Standing in Bottom of Dishwasher
- KitchenAid Sculptura Undercounter Dishwasher Model KUDR24SE or KUDY24SE
One thing to note (if you recently installed a new garbage disposal):
If you have recently installed a new garbage disposal that your dishwasher drain hose connects to please know that there is a “knock out” that you must break out to open the dishwasher drain in the garbage disposal. This drain is blocked just in case you do not have a dishwasher connected to it.
Step 1: Locate the drain hose under the kitchen sink.
If you have a garbage disposal it is likely that your dishwasher drain hose connects directly to the garbage disposal.
|Dishwasher drain hose running through cabinet wall and connecting to disposal|
Step 2: Remove the hose clamp with a pliers.
Squeeze the hose clamp and push it back onto the hose.
|Removing the hose clamp from the dishwasher drain hose|
|Hose Clamp Removed|
Step 3: Pull the dishwasher drain hose off the garbage disposal.
It should come off easily by hand.
|Dishwasher drain hose removed|
Step 4: Inspect the inside of the drain hose.
For me it was obvious that the hose was plugged with nasty stuff:
|Dishwasher drain hose plugged|
Step 5: Clean out the dishwasher drain hose.
I tried using a straightened coat hanger but the stuff plugging my hose wasn’t coming out. I decided to take my wet/dry vac and suck the stuff out of the hose. I ended up discovering that this would drain all the water out of the bottom of the dishwasher as well–so be careful because your shop vacuum probably cannot hold that much water! I had bailed out the water by hand a couple times and this worked a lot faster for sure.
Step 6: Reinstall the hose on the garbage disposal.
|Hose reinstalled on the garbage disposal dishwasher drain stub|
Step 7: Reinstall the hose clamp.
Put it right in the middle of where the ridges are on the stub that the hose slips onto.
Step 8: Test out your dishwasher.
You’ll be surprised at how much better it drains with a clean drain hose!
- User manual for this dishwasher (It won’t help you with this repair though)