How to Fix a Clogged Dishwasher

What You'll Need
Wire hanger
Drain cleaner

Although they are among the most widely used time-saving appliances in the country, it can be very annoying to find your dishwasher clogged with dirt and waste water. The dishwasher is almost a member of the family sometimes, but they are still vulnerable to the old problems which other water-using machines suffer. A dishwasher in particular can get very clogged with dirt and debris, and you may find that you need to get your dishwasher unclogged before you can use it again. Rather than call in a plumber, and spend a lot of money on repairing the dishwasher, you should try and fix it yourself by following a few guidelines.

Step 1 - Empty the Dishwasher

Before you can start investigating the cause of your dishwasher being clogged, you need to completely empty it of water. Remove the dish racks from inside the dishwasher, and place them to one side. You may want to give them a clean to ensure that you are protected against future blockages. Put on some gloves and look at the bottom of the dishwasher. Remove the dishwasher drain, and then take out any water which is in the way. You may need to unscrew the drain, but this is easy enough to do. Empty the water into a bucked using a sponge, or similar device. Wipe the area with a paper towel. Look into the drain and make sure that there is no debris laying close to the surface. You may be able to take out bits of old food by hand. Pour in a little drain cleaner to get the job done.

Step 2 - Look at the Hose

If this does not work, unscrew the bottom panel of your dishwasher, and place it to the side. You should be able to see the draining hose. Look out for clogging, or bulges in the hose caused by bits of debris. You may also have a simple crease or kink in your hose which will prevent it from draining. Remove the hose using the wrench, and then re-attach it once it is smooth. If you cannot fix the hose, you may need to get a new hose.

Step 3 - Insert a Hook

If your dishwasher is still clogged, then you should take a metal coat hanger, and open it out, so that you have a thin piece of wire. Make a small bend in the flat end of the wire. Clean the drain. You should be able to hook up small pieces of food using this device. If this is not enough,then use your screwdriver to take the draining basket off of the drain. This could need to be cleaned, simply by rinsing it under a tap. Return it to the drain. add more drain cleaner to the area. Try running your dishwasher again.