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Maytag dishwasher won't drain

Maytag Dishwasher Not Draining – Troubleshooting Guide

When you go to unload clean dishes, it’s pretty gross to discover dirty water in the bottom of the dishwasher. So is your Maytag dishwasher not draining? Follow our troubleshooting guide to determine the cause.

Troubleshooting Guide: Maytag Dishwasher Not Draining

Clogged Garbage Disposal

The most common cause for a Maytag dishwasher not draining (as well as other brands) is a clogged garbage disposal. People have a nasty habit of throwing things into the disposal that shouldn’t be there, like eggshells, massive amounts of potato peels, etc.

The good news is, your garbage disposal probably has a manual feature to help unclog it when it gets backed up. Refer to the owner’s manual or just look under the sink for the button or Allen wrench to manually get things moving again.

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Clogged Drain Valve

When a homeowner finds their Maytag dishwasher not draining, the cause may be a clogged drain valve. Over time and with frequent use, the drain valve can become clogged with debris. Try cleaning out the drain valve. If the valve is clear and the dishwasher water doesn’t drain still, you may need to replace it.

Clogged Drain Hose

A clogged drain hose will result in a Maytag dishwasher not draining. Remove the drain hose from the dishwasher and sink drain to clean it out. It is a good idea to clean the drain hose if you’ve already discovered the garbage disposal being clogged.

Drain Pump Defective

The drain pump forces water through the drain hose. If your dishwasher won’t drain and you have checked all of the above first, you may have a defective pump. Use a multimeter to check the drain pump for continuity. If you don’t have continuity, it needs to be replaced.

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