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GE Dishwasher Not Draining

GSD5330D01WW

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 Pump

The drain pump uses an impeller to force water through the drain hose. If the drain pump motor is not working, the dishwasher won’t drain. To determine if the drain pump is defective, check the pump motor for continuity using a multimeter. If the motor does not have continuity, or if is getting power but won’t run, replace the drain pump. Drain pumps are not repairable—if the drain pump is defective, you must replace it.

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Drain Pump for your GEDishwasher
Drain Pump - Part # 771037 Mfg Part # WD19X10015

Pump, drain boost. NOTE: Make sure pump is not plugged with debris before ordering a new one.

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Cause 2Drain 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.

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Drain Solenoid Kit for your GEDishwasher
Drain Solenoid Kit - Part # 271344 Mfg Part # WD21X10060

Dishwasher drain solenoid kit. Includes armature and linkage.

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Cause 3Drain 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.

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Drain Solenoid Kit for your GEDishwasher
Drain Solenoid Kit - Part # 1263990 Mfg Part # WD21X10268

Drain valve solenoid, dishwasher pump & motor

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Cause 4Drain 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.

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

Plunger and armature, drain solenoid

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Cause 5Pump 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.

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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 6Clogged 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 7Drain 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
Drain Hose - Part # 783289 Mfg Part # WD24X10014
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Cause 8Check 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 # 821081 Mfg Part # WD24X10018

Piston assembly for check valve

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Cause 9Check 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.

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Check Valve for your GEDishwasher
Check Valve - Part # 824345 Mfg Part # WD22X10018

Drain check valve body assembly

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Cause 10Check 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.

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Check Valve for your GEDishwasher
Check Valve - Part # 911985 Mfg Part # WD01X10175

Check flapper valve, pump inlet

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