Electrolux Dishwasher Not Draining: How to Fix

Dishwashers are great inventions as they make laundry easier. If you have your dishwasher, it’s so satisfying seeing it do your washing while you engage in other things. However, it could be saddening when there’s a problem with it.

If your Electrolux dishwasher is not draining, then there’s a problem with the drainage system. Professionals are familiar with draining issues, but sometimes a DIY fix is all the solution you need.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the draining issues in an Electrolux dishwasher and how to solve them.

Let’s get started.

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Electrolux Dishwasher Not Draining: Possible Causes

To solve a problem, you need to understand the causes. Your Electrolux dishwasher is not draining because a drainage component is clogged or faulty. To be specific, below are possible causes of the problem.

  • Curved or twisted drain bose
  • Clogged drain hose
  • Clogged kitchen garbage disposal
  • Blocked drain pump filter
  • Defective drain impeller
  • Faulty drain pump
  • Other faulty components

Electrolux Dishwasher Not Draining: How To Fix

When you notice puddles of dirty water at the bottom of your dishwasher, then there’s a draining problem. The first step is to scoop away the water with a spoon or measuring cup as much as possible. Afterward, you soak the rest of the water with paper towels or dishcloths.

To fix the draining problem, follow the troubleshooting steps below.

1. Check the Drain Hose

The drain hose is an essential part of the drainage system. It’s a flexible plastic hose that allows the passage of water from the dishwasher into the household garbage disposal.

It’s usually located under the sink, and stored items can easily jostle it and result in kinks. Also, dirt, debris, or lint can clog the hose and prevent water from passing. To diagnose the drain hose, you can follow the steps below:

  • Stop the dishwasher and unplug the cord.
  • Check under the dishwasher and remove the hose. While doing this, ensure you’re careful and don’t puncture the hose or damage it, as this can lead to more complications such as water leakage.
  • Check the hose gently and straighten any bends or curves.
  • If the hose is damaged or cracked, then you should replace it.
  • Check the hose for blockage that might be caused by dirt and debris. Clear away all the debris and dirt.
  • Reattach the hose and try the cycle again.

If the problem isn’t solved, move to the following troubleshooting tips.

2. Clean the Filter

You should clean the dishwasher filter to ensure it’s not the cause of the problem. The filter removes debris to protect the drain pump from clogs, but sometimes it can fall victim and be blocked too, especially when it’s not cleaned regularly. Consequently, the clogs will hinder the smooth draining of water and leaves puddles on the dishwasher’s bottom.

To clean your Electrolux washing machine filter, follow the steps below:

  • Stop the dishwasher and unplug the power cord
  • Detach the lower rack of the dishwasher.
  • Remove the cylindrical filter (hold the handle and rotate it clockwise).
  • Remove the flat filter by lifting it.
  • Then wash the components thoroughly under running water. You can also use a sponge for the washing.
  • After washing, ensure you dry them.
  • Reattach the flat filter and the cylindrical filter the same way you detach them.
  • Reattach the bottom rack as well.
  • Restart the cycle.

Read along if the problem persists.

3. Check the Air Gap and Garbage Disposal

Sometimes, your kitchen’s air gap or garbage disposal can hinder your dishwasher from draining properly. Generally, your dishwasher has the same drain line as them. So, if either is blocked or clogged, your dishwasher won’t drain too because they share a common drain.

The recommended procedure is to always run the disposal before beginning a wash cycle so you can clear the drain off any possible clogs. Ensure you clean the air gap regularly by removing the cover and clearing any obvious debris with a wire brush or paper towel.

Furthermore, Are you sure the garbage disposal is installed correctly? Typically, there’s a solid plug inside the drain tube that comes with the garbage disposers. If your dishwasher is not connected to the garbage disposer, the plug should be removed.

4. Check the Drain pump

The drain pump is responsible for pumping water out of the machine. It uses a motor and impellers to expel used water into the drain hose. Sometimes, the pump might get clogged because of dirt or get faulty and as such prevents water from pumping. You can check the drain pump for possible clogs or damage as follows:

  • Switch off the dishwasher and disconnect the power cord from the socket.
  • Shut off the water supply valve under the sink.
  • Detach the lower access panel.
  • Loosen the elbow fitting connecting the water inlet valve and the water supply line with a plier.
  • Unscrew the remaining fitting till the water supply line is disconnected.
  • Detach the drain hose from the garbage disposal unit or the sink.
  • Reposition the dishwasher so you can have access to its body.
  • Disconnect the power cord from the junction box.
  • Remove the strain relief by unscrewing the nut and the wiring harness to the junction box.
  • Detach the bottom panel to have access to the pump.
  • Check the pump for clogs and clear them accordingly.
  • Test the pump for continuity with a multimeter. If the pump is faulty, you’ll need to replace it.

5. Check the Drain Valve

Like the drain hose and pump, the drain valve can also get blocked with debris over an extended period. You can clean the valve to be sure water can pass through it. If you clear the valve of dirt and debris and it still doesn’t work, you will need to replace it because it’s not repairable.

6. Inspect the Check Ball

The check ball is located inside the check valve. It’s a small plastic ball that stops water from entering the washer back after the water has been drained. Sometimes, the check ball can get stuck and prevent the smooth draining of water from the check valve.

Contact Electrolux’s Support

If, after following all these troubleshooting tips, the problem remains, then you should consider contacting your manufacturer’s support for further diagnosis or service.

Author

  • Keith Rowland is a seasoned electrician who enjoys fixing faults in home appliances and electronics. Being someone who loves writing, he shares on this blog, DIY tips on how to fix various devices within a few minutes. When he's not fixing stuff or writing a new blog post, he's playing with his two cute girls and their mom.