Ge dishwasher not draining

Ge dishwasher not draining. It’s a common problem that the GE dishwashers do not drain water properly. As it is specially manufactured for washing dishes.

But sometimes, when you wash dishes you suspect that your GE dishwasher not draining water correctly, and it left some quantity of water in the sink drain.

Ge dishwasher not draining

There must be a problem with your drain hoses, pump, or the components of the dishwasher being filled with debris or pieces of food.

If your dishwasher is not draining as usual, then you don’t need to be worried, as we are going to deeply discuss the problem and its solutions with the accurate procedure.

Blocked GE Dishwasher Drain Hoseblocked ge dishwasher drain hose

When a drain hose of a dishwasher gets clogged, it may cause slow draining.

Because it flushes the wastewater from the dishwasher to the garbage disposal.

So whenever, you suspect that the water in your dishwasher is not draining.

Then you need to check for the drain hose, it may be clogged because of unwanted material or tiny particles of food.

So, you can easily resolve the issue, after following these steps:

  • Firstly, disconnect the electric connection.
  • Then, shut off the water supply valve.
  • You may get easy access, as the drain hose is located on the drain sink.
  • Remove the drain hose by removing screws with the help of a screwdriver.
  • Clean the debris or blockage material from the drain hose.
  • You can also use hot water, vinegar, or baking soda to clean the drain hose properly.
  • After cleaning, place the drain hose on its place back, and tighten it with screws.

Blocked Air Gapblocked air gap

A blocked air gap is another reason that is very possible to happen and may cause not drains properly.

Most probably your dishwasher is installed with a garbage disposer or air gap.

The air gap in the dishwasher blocked the wastewater from coming back into the dishwasher.

But sometimes, it stops working properly, because of clogged.

You may follow these steps to remove the drain clogs to clear the blockage:

  • First of all, access the air gap by removing its caps on it.
  • Then clean the excessive material or debris from the air gaps.
  • You may use gloves while cleaning the air gap hose.
  • After cleaning the specific component, your GE dishwasher will start draining efficiently again.

Check Drain Filter

check drain filter

A dishwasher filter is another thing that requires attention when your DE dishwasher doesn’t drain correctly and left some standing water.

A drain filter filters the wastewater and prevents the food particles from getting into the drain pump area.

You can say that a dishwasher filter gives a layer of protection to the drain pump.

So whenever, you realize that the water flow is not efficient, then there could be a problem with the drain filter.

You have to determine whether your drain washer has a fine filter or ultra-fine filter. You may easily access it as it is located in the sump area of your dishwasher.

You may follow these steps to remove the debris or food particles from your GE dishwasher’s drain filter:

  • Disconnect the power cable of the GE dishwasher.
  • Remove the dishwasher’s bottom rack.
  • Then next you need to rotate the drain ultra fine filter counterclockwise and pick it up.
  • Clean the components of the drain filter.
  • You may use a towel or a sponge soaked in hot soapy water.
  • Try to make sure that, the drain filter is properly cleaned now.


It’s better to clean your dishwasher’s drain filter in a month to prevent any kind of drainage issues in the future.

Faulty Drain Pumpfaulty drain pump

If your GE dishwasher lost its efficient draining, then there may be a problem with a faulty drain pump.

But make sure that before diagnosing the drain pump, you must have to check the drain filter and hose of your GE dishwasher.

There may be an issue of a damaged drain impeller or jammed drain pump motor.

As the motor force water or pushes the wastewater using an impeller gets off the dishwasher through the dishwasher drain hose.

You may easily access it as it is located behind the GE dishwasher and in the bottom unit.

Follow these steps to troubleshoot:

  • Turn off the power cable on your dishwasher and also the water valve.
  • Then firstly you may check if it has any mechanical issues, by rotating the drain impeller on the drain pump motor.
  • If it is spinning properly when you try to spin it manually then you don’t need to replace it.
  • If it is not spinning then you need to replace it.
  • Secondly, you need to check its electrical issues, with a multi meter or an ohm meter.
  • You have to check the continuity of electricity.
  • If the multi meter is showing readings of 200 then it is working properly.
  • In the case of infinity reading, you need to replace the pump.

Defective Drain Solenoid

defective drain solenoid

A drain solenoid kit able the water valve or water seal to open and gets off the wastewater from the dishwasher.

If you have a defective drain solenoid then it affects the working of your dishwasher and it won’t drain after the wash cycle ends.

Normally it gets defective because of an irregular temperature. It is located on the dishwasher drain pump.

You may easily find out the problem of whether your GE dishwasher’s drain solenoid is defective or not.

Follow these steps to get a solution:

  • Disconnect the power cable of your GE dishwasher to prevent any harm.
  • Remove the bottom panel or bottom front-kick plate of your dishwasher to get easy access to the drain solenoid.
  • You need to move it by pushing it down. If it is stuck then it’s the culprit.
  • But, if it moves then you need to check for its electrical default.
  • You have required a multimeter to accomplish this task.
  • Check the continuity of electricity while using a multi-meter.
  • Examine the readings, if the readings are zero then your dishwasher required a replaced solenoid.

Clogged Drain Valve

clogged drain valve

GE dishwasher models provide stability. But sometimes it starts creating problems.

Some of them we have discussed above but as the dishwasher owns different components, so you need to check who is the culprit.

So there may be a problem with the drain check valve when your dishwasher won’t drain properly.

You may check this component as well if there is a problem then you need to fix it immediately.

It’s possible to happen that the drain valve of your dishwasher is stuck because of debris or some unpleasant material that may cause it to stop draining after completing a wash cycle.

Remove the debris that is blocking the drain valve.

A drain valve ables the dishwasher’s hose to exit the wastewater from the dishwasher and also blocks the water from coming into the dishwasher.

But somehow if you suspect that the water is not going out even if it is cleaned, then this component may need to be replaced.

You may pay some attention while looking at it. If you see broken or damaged you need to replace it.

Drain line leakage needs to be checked every week. If a hose is leaking, you may have to replace it altogether.

Garbage Disposal

garbage disposal

A garbage disposal may also create a problem of not draining properly. It is better if you check this component before doing anything else.

It is possible that you may find the solution to your problem at the starting point.

Most probably the garbage disposal is attached to the GE dishwasher and in some models, it is attached to the drain line.

If it is connected to the dishwasher you have to remove the drain plug inside it. Because if you don’t remove it, it won’t drain properly.

On the other side, if the garbage disposal is connected to the drain line then it’s not essential to remove the drain plug.

Follow these steps to clean the garbage disposal:

  • Disconnect the garbage disposal and drain hose.
  • Remove the debris from both sides of the drain tube.
  • Don’t try to clean the garbage disposer with your hands, to prevent any risk.
  • Examine that the dishwasher is draining properly.
  • If you suspect that it still failed to drain properly, connect the drain hose again.

Broken Pump Belt

broken pump belt

Some of the GE dishwasher models have a water pump belt and some of them don’t have any pump belt.

So before trying to find out a pump belt make sure that your dishwasher contains a water pump belt.

So if your dishwasher is creating drainage issues, there might be a reason that the pump belt is broken.

Don’t worry as you can easily resolve this issue by following these accurate instructions.

Follow these steps to replace the water pump belt of your dishwasher if needed:

  • Remove the lower access panel of the dishwasher to get access to the water pump belt.
  • Then, remove the pump’s plastic cover by using a screwdriver.
  • You may easily find it as it is located on the bottom of the motor.
  • After removing the cover, you need to remove the belt too.
  • If you see that it is broken or lost the loops that help it to connect with the dishwasher.
  • Then replace the belt with a new one.

Blocked Chopper Blades

blocked chopper blades

Blocked or clogged chopper blades are another reason for GE dishwasher not draining problem.

As you know that the chopper blades turn the food particles into tiny particles.

If it blocks with food debris then it’ll stop draining the dirty water properly.

Because it prevents the kitchen sink and the line of the dishwasher from blockage.

Follow these steps to remove the build-up food debris from the chopper screen:

  • Unplug the power connection of your GE dishwasher.
  • Then, remove the lower spray arm.
  • Then you need to remove the spray tower while pressing the spring clips.
  • Remove the lower arm, filter, and pump cover while removing the screws holding.
  • In the end, you’ll be able to access the chopper assembly.
  • Remove its cover and then clean the clogged.
  • Make sure that the chopper blades are fine. If you suspect any damage then it’s essential to replace it.

Excessive Detergents

Using too much detergent and the wrong type of detergent creates many suds that may cause of draining issue after the wash cycle ends. Follow the user manual to dictate the amount of hard or soft water.

Follow these steps to clean the suds:

  • Open the dishwasher’s doors.
  • Use some hot water and turn ON the dishwasher without placing any dish.
  • You may also use a sponge to remove the suds.

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