After using my dishwasher for quite some time, I have noticed how my appliance has not been draining as quickly as it used to be. I always end up with water above the dishwasher’s drain and will even often leak onto the floor every time I open the door.
I found out that this has been due to the clog that has been accumulated in the drain hose and these clogs can lead to a serious problem if left untreated.
Are you facing the same problem too?
Does the question how to unclog a dishwasher has been your trouble lately?
To many people’s surprise, it’s quite easy to learn the process of unclogging your dishwasher without asking for the help of a professional or spending a lot of money. But you have to do it properly, or else you may add up further damages.
Well, let’s find out how to do it below.
How To Unclog Dishwasher
Tips To Unclog a Dishwasher by Checking the Drain Hose
What You Will Need
· Shallow pan
· Commercial de-clogger
Performing a check on the drain hose should be the first thing you should do whenever you have a clogged dishwasher. Follow these step-by-step instructions for a quick fix.
Step by Step
Step 1: Prepare your dishwasher
Remove all the dishes and silverware found inside your dishwasher including the bottom dishwasher rack so you can easily access the appliance.
Step 2: Make sure that the dishwasher has been switched off
After emptying the dishwasher from any dishes, disconnect the machine from the power source. Make sure that there is no longer electricity running on the dishwasher as well as the garbage disposal. Act safely always; we know that electricity and water won't fair well together!
Step 3: Take away the stagnant water
Use a towel to start eliminating any stagnant water. This is very important to clean the dishwasher at the same time minimise the risk of slipping or tumbling while you are working around your dishwasher.
Step 4: Perform a Check On the Drain Hose
Now, where are you going to find the drain hose? The drain hose is the tube that can be found linking the dishwasher into the garbage disposal. It can be found either beneath the sink or just at the back of the dishwasher.
If your drain hose is located behind your dishwasher, you might have to pull the dishwasher away from the wall first so you can access the hose. Make sure to move your dishwasher carefully!
Below is How to Replace a Dishwasher Drain Hose:
Step 5: Remove and clean the drain hose
Did you just find your drain hose? Good! Now remove that from your dishwasher. Keep some pliers handy as you might need it to loosen or detach the clamp. There may be water that will spill from the hose, so I recommend that you place a shallow pan beneath the hose.
Once the hose is removed, you are now ready to clean it. There are commercial de-cloggers available in the market that can be very helpful; but since I’m extra frugal, I just used a straightened coat hanger as an alternative.
If you didn’t find any debris clogging the hose, then probably something is clogging the drain of your dishwasher.
Step 6: Look at the dishwasher's drain
At the bottom of your dishwasher, you will find a component that comes in a basket shape; detach it by using a screwdriver. Then use a de-clogging device the way you did with your drain hose to eliminate any debris that caused the clogging in the drain.
This method will surely make your dishwasher drain properly.
Tips to Unclog Dishwasher Using Vinegar and Baking Soda
What You Will Need
· White vinegar
· Baking Soda
· Boiling water
I know there are commercial drain cleaners available in the market that promise to conveniently and efficiently clear out the clogs for you.
But there’s another effective cleaner to help you on how to unclog a dishwasher, and it’s just lying around your kitchen cabinet – the vinegar and baking soda.
Vinegar and baking soda are not only good for cooking, but for clearing the clogs too. Here’s how to do it.
Step by Step
Step 1: Pour down the baking soda and white vinegar in the drain
Do this simultaneously. Pour first the ½ cup of baking soda and then followed by ½ cup of vinegar.
Step 2: Cover the drain for five minutes
In this way, the mixture will stand in the drain.
Step 3: Boil a pot of water
While the drain is still being covered, take this time to boil a pot of water. Once boiled, pour the boiling water down the drain. This will flush out any part of the clog that has been left.
Moreover, the drain is often not the only part of the dishwasher that gets clogged. You also have to check the dishwasher’s cleaning arm.
You can remove clogs from the cleaning arm by detaching this component from your dishwasher and placing it in a pan of a warm vinegar. I often soak the cleaning arm overnight and rinse it in the morning.
Below is How to Clean Your Dishwasher's Spray Arm:
Vinegar and baking soda mixture is a great de-clogging device. Vinegar is acidic in nature, mixing it with a substance that comes in basic chemical properties, like the baking soda, will result in an acid-base chemical reaction and will form a new chemical referred to as carbonic acid. This acid is capable of dislodging, dissolving and removing clogs in your dishwasher drain.
Dishwasher is absolutely my favourite kitchen appliance. I love how it cleans and sanitize my cookware, glassware, serving and eating utensils without wasting too much time. It is just unfortunate how build-up occurs over time and will result to annoying clogs.
Don’t you just hate it when your dishwasher has been clogged? What do you do when this happens? Share it with us by leaving some comment below.
Good thing there are different available methods on how to unclog a dishwasher. I hope you find this article helpful and you share it with your friends to help them fix their clogged dishwashers too.