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GE Dishwasher Not Draining

GSD2200G02

The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Dishwasher not draining are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Dishwasher not draining

Cause 1Drain Solenoid Kit

The drain solenoid opens the drain valve to allow the water to exit the dishwasher. If the drain solenoid fails the valve will not open causing the dishwasher not to drain.

Parts
Drain Solenoid Kit for your GEDishwasher
Drain Solenoid Kit - Part # 2333 Mfg Part # WD21X802

Drain solenoid repair kit

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Cause 2Drain Valve

Over time, the drain valve can get clogged with debris. To ensure that water can flow through the drain valve, clean out the valve. If the drain valve is clear of debris but it still won’t actuate, replace it. Drain valves are not repairable—if the drain valve is defective, you must replace it.

Parts
Drain Valve for your GEDishwasher
Drain Valve - Part # 270153 Mfg Part # WD1X1316

Plunger and armature, drain solenoid

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Cause 3Pump and Motor Assembly

The motor drives an impeller to force water out of the drain hose. If the motor runs during the drain cycle, check for a blockage in the drain line. If the motor won't run during the drain cycle or if it just hums when it should be running, the pump and motor assembly might need to be replaced.

Parts
Pump and Motor Assembly for your GEDishwasher
Pump and Motor Assembly - Part # 820985 Mfg Part # WD26X10013

Dishwasher motor and pump kit. Note: This part may not look like your old motor and pump assembly. It is a new kit designed by the manufacturer to replace all of their dishwasher pumps since 1970. Instructions for adapting it to your dishwasher model are included.

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Cause 4Clogged or Improperly Installed Garbage Disposer

If the garbage disposer was installed recently, the drain plug may not have been removed. All garbage disposers are sold with a solid plug in the drain tube. If the dishwasher is not connected to the garbage disposer, the plug must remain in the drain tube. However, if the dishwasher is connected to the garbage disposer, the plug must be removed. If the garbage disposer wasn't replaced recently, it is possible that the disposer is clogged. Remove the dishwasher drain hose from the disposer and clean out both the fitting on the disposer and the end of the drain hose. These are the most common places to find an obstruction if the dishwasher won't drain.

Cause 5Drain Hose

The drain hose might be clogged. To unclog the drain hose, remove the drain hose from both the dishwasher and the sink drain and clean it out. The drain hose is most commonly clogged near the garbage disposer or dishwasher drain branch tailpiece.

Parts
Drain Hose for your GEDishwasher
Cause 6Check Valve

The check valve prevents water from returning to the dishwasher after it has drained. If the valve gets stuck closed, it will prevent the water from draining. If the check valve is stuck closed, try cleaning it out and then replace it if necessary.

Parts
Check Valve for your GEDishwasher
Check Valve - Part # 2353 Mfg Part # WD1X5488

Dishwasher check valve flap on lower spray arm support

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