I had been having trouble with my dishwasher. I couldn’t get it to drain all the time. This was about 3 weeks ago. I hit the cycle rest button, changed the setting and it seemed to be better. I was happy.
But last week, this started happening.
The water wouldn’t drain. UGH. I was so frustrated. I loaded the dishwasher again. I changed the setting like this before. Same thing. At the end of cycle the water wouldn’t drain. UGH.
I decided it was time for me to figure it, or time for a service man, or time for a new dishwasher. None of it sounded good to me.
To the computer I went. I wanted to fix it myself if possible. If I couldn’t I thought I’d ask Craig. He’s so busy but maybe on a rainy or snowy day he might be able to help. I was the first option though so at the computer I googled, “Dishwasher won’t drain”.
Lots of Youtube videos came up. I tried to find one that had the closest dishwasher to mine. So I retyped, “GE Dishwasher won’t drain.” I found a few but not the exact.
I watched and figured out first get the water out so I can see what I’m working with. I tried the things they suggested….that didn’t work. So I started bailing the water out. I got that done and started taking the dishwasher apart.
I cleaned the filter..I cleaned out below. Nothing worked. Next I figured out the drain was clogged. Ugh. That means going under the sink.
Under my sink didn’t look like any of the videos. They all had garbage disposals and I don’t have one. Hmm. Okay, what is the drain? I am so embarrassed. I know nothing.
By now I was more than frustrated and the second that happens, I cry. Seriously, why does frustration more than any other emotion, make me cry. So now I was on the phone to Buck. I sent a picture. What did he think was the drain for the dishwasher. Me I thought the tube on the bottom right. Buck said, “Mom, your plumbing is different than anything I’ve seen.” Of course, like I said to you all, I don’t have a garbage disposal. We chatted, I crawled all the way under the sink and realized myself that it was the PVC pipe on the upper left.
I told him and got off the phone, went to get a plier and got Kramer’s. I was crying all over again.
Oh my word. Who knew a clogged dishwasher drain could be so emotional??
Well about then Kalissa called and asked if I could watch the boys. Her car had been acting up and it was time for a new one. It was snowing and Craig was getting off of work to go with her to get it. They were hoping I would watch the boys. I said yes, but could Craig give me 20 minutes or so when they got back to look at the dishwasher.
I had it all apart…I really didn’t think it would take much more time than that….and it didn’t.
He stuck a “snake” in the dishwasher drain and like that it was all better…see? Continue reading