Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Unclog a Dishwasher

Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Unclog a Dishwasher


Hi, I’m Tim Gipson and I’m going to talk to
you about how to unclog a dishwasher. Now if you have some standing water in your dishwasher
the first thing that you want to do is you want to look inside here and there’ll be an
area that looks like an upside down basket, and typically these are held on with a couple
of screws. So we want to remove these two screws and actually pull this basket up. And
in most cases if there’s some debris that has built up you can just reach back in there
and you can clear that debris. Now if that’s the case then you’ll actually, that water
will immediately drain out. Now from there if you clear that debris and it’s still not
draining out, then the next thing to be to look at is when you look at the drain tube
from the dishwasher that goes to your outlet, which in typically if you have a disposal
than it will go from there. So in that case we can use some drain clog items such as either
commercial items or you can use something like a bacon soda water mixture followed up
with vinegar to pour down in there. If that does not clear the clog you may have a solid
clog in there and you may actually need to take a small plumber’s drain clear or a rotor
reuter type of device where you actually put it down in to the line and it actually as
you turn it, it feeds out and it’ll actually clear those lines. In some cases you may need
to actually even go as far as replacing that drain line from your dishwasher that goes
to your garbage disposal. But in most cases if we’ll just go to this basket area here
and clear out the debris there, in most cases that’ll take care of your trouble with your
dishwasher. So I’m Tim Gipson and that’s how to troubleshoot drain problems with your dishwasher.

45 thoughts on “Home Improvements & Repairs : How to Unclog a Dishwasher

  1. thank you for taking the time to show me this. I believe this fixed my problem. No closed captioning on what I saw. so many ingrates!

  2. Thank you for the video help. I will try this. So tired of coming home from being out with standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher. A few times it had leaked all down the floor, ruined my wood-look floor, and ran down to the top of my clothes washer in the basement. It's pretty scary that it might damage the floor so much and fall through.. Ha! Wouldn't that be a scary sight:?

  3. mine was not made this way but i noticed below the blade, i had a vent that did not remove. i did find some hair (???), a toothpick, and an onion piece and removed it manually. worked like a charm and now i feel great about fixing my own problem! thank you soo much!

  4. Thanks for the clips! I have a ton of old detergent in the basket filter and in the float. Now it works better that it has in years! I am going to do some more vinegar and baking soda and check the parts one more time but so far it it is much better…

  5. Please, do not ever pour a liquid drain clearing product like Drano into a dishwasher. Not only will it never work in fixing a slow- or non-draining dishwasher, it can be very dangerous to your heath and can cause serious damage to the dishwasher. Most drain clearing products like Drano contain very toxic chemicals. …….. Other than that, expert video, and very glad you mentioned baking soda vinegar.

  6. I poured a little bit of Liquid Plumbr into the drain area after removing the cap (inside of mine looks very much like the inside of the one in this video). A. It didn't really help at all. It did remove some lingering gunk on the plastic liner cup, BUT B. Liquid Plumbr can eat away at, and compromise the integrity of, certain plastics. So as Ellie Antaya says below, don't use these kinds of products. I did 3 dish-less cycles after removing the Liquid Plumbr from the inside of the dishwasher. If you never hear from me again, 3 wasn't enough.

  7. I have the exact same dishwasher in that video.mine drains good goin thru the cycles unti it is done and goes into drying mode.when it finishes there is still water in bottom.any suggestions where to look next?

  8. Did not work for me. What worked for me is Ammonia. I saw another video where you just pour ammonia down in the drain of your dishwasher and then run it thru a cycle. I did that and BAM it worked!

  9. Thank you very much. I strictly followed your steps and was able to unclog debris. I had not cleaned this for years and when water was standing at the bottom, it was smelling also.

    Also, before I did this we were feeling the dishwasher is not cleaning well and now after i cleaned, it seems working well and cleaning well. Thanks a ton again.

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