Here are a few reasons why the water in your dishwasher may not have drained and what to do. The dishwasher is one of the most convenient and useful appliances in our homes. It washes and sanitizes our plates and utensils all with a push of a button. It saves us time, allowing us to get back to spending quality time with our family and friends. Nothing is more frustrating than expecting a dishwasher full of clean dishes, only to find the water in the dishwasher did not drain. 


One of the main reasons water does not drain in your dishwasher may be due to a clogged filter. Debris such as popcorn or paper labels can accumulate in the filter, which can prevent water from draining. Check the owner’s manual for your dishwasher to see where the filter is located. You may need a screwdriver to remove the filter in order to clean it.

Drain Hose

Another reason you may be experiencing draining issues with your dishwasher is that the drain hose might be clogged. First, check the drain line underneath your sink. Occasionally, items you store there can interfere with the position of the drain hose and crimp it. If your hose connects to your garbage disposal, make sure it’s clear of debris and functioning properly. Food particles must pass into garbage disposal before the go down the drain. If all is clear under the sink, a kink in the hose can also cause a clog. To check the drain hose, you should first turn off the power to the dishwasher. Then, remove the panel or toe-kick to gain access to the hose to inspect and clean it.

Reach out to the experts

So, you’ve checked the filter and the drain hose. Both appear to be in good working order, but you find that the water is still not draining. If you’re not completely comfortable looking under your dishwasher, don’t proceed. Water and electricity don’t mix and can cause serious injury or death. You may need to have your dishwasher serviced by expert technicians. Rest assured that the staff at Affordable Service is taking measures to ensure your safety and the safety of our technicians, by taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this difficult time. Reach out to the team at Affordable Service at (505) 255-4328! We are available 24/7 for your plumbing and home emergencies.