GE Dishwasher Not Draining? Quick And Easy Way To Fix It

Are you struggling with your GE Dishwasher not draining properly? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most of the GE Dishwasher owners have faced the same issues and looking for ways to fix them. As we know, GE Dishwashers are one of the most popular dishwashers on the market. They are reliable, and efficient, and come in a variety of models to fit any kitchen. But, like any other appliances, they will not be in perfect condition. Likewise, if your GE Dishwasher is not draining properly, it will create problems in your kitchen. Not only will your dishes stay wet and dirty, but also you may have to deal with a musty odor in your kitchen. Here is a quick and easy guide on how to fix it

How GE Dishwasher Works

Before you understand why your GE Dishwasher is not draining properly, you should know how it works. Like as other dishwasher, GE Dishwasher is designed to remove food particles, dirt from your dishes by spraying them with a combination of hot water and detergent powder. The water will drain through the dishwasher’s drain hose and into the garbage disposal or even sewer system. The GE Dishwasher also has a filter that traps food particles and other debris. This filter use for clean regularly to ensure the dishwasher is draining properly.

Reasons For GE Dishwasher Not Draining

1. Blocked Drain Hose

The most common cause of draining problems in GE dishwashers is a blocked drain hose. Drain hose will be blocked when food particles, grease, and other debris accumulate in the hose and block the water from flowing out. You can check for a blocked drain hose by disconnecting the drain hose from the dishwasher and cleaning it out. You can also use a wire brush to clean out the debris. If you are unable to unblock the drain hose, you may need to replace it. You can purchase a new drain hose from your local hardware store or online.

Steps to unblocked Drain Hose:

  1. Turn off the dishwasher and unplug it from the power source.
  2. Locate the drain hose, which is typically located at the back of the dishwasher and is connected to the pump.
  3. Using a pair of pliers, gently remove the hose from the pump and the drain.
  4. Check the hose for any blockages, such as food debris, and remove them using a small brush or a hose cleaning tool.
  5. Also, check the garbage disposal or sink drain where the hose is connected, if it’s clogged, clean it.
  6. Once the hose is clear, reattach it to the pump and drain, making sure it is secure.
  7. Plug the dishwasher back in and turn it on to test if the water is draining properly.
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2. Dirty Dishwasher Filter

Another common cause of draining problems in GE dishwashers is a dirty dishwasher filter. The dishwasher filter is designed to capture any food particles and debris that may be in the water and prevent them from clogging the drain. If the filter becomes clogged, it can cause the dishwasher to not drain properly. You can check the filter by unscrewing it from the dishwasher and cleaning it out. If the filter is blocked, you will need to clean it out or replace it. 

Steps to clean Dishwasher Filter:

  1. Start by locating the dishwasher filter. 
  2. Remove the dishwasher filter by unscrewing it from its housing.
  3. Rinse the filter under warm water until all of the built-up grease and grime are removed.
  4. Screw the filter back into place and make sure it is secure.
  5. Run a test cycle to see if your dishwasher is now draining properly. If not, there may be another issue causing the problem.

3. Garbage Disposal Clogs

If your dishwasher is connected to a garbage disposal, then the clog could be caused by the garbage disposal. If the garbage disposal is blacked, it also reason of  the dishwasher to not drain properly. You can check the garbage disposal for clogs by running hot water through it and using a plunger to unclog it. If the garbage disposal is still clogged, you may need to call a plumber to have it professionally unclogged.

Steps to remove Garbage Disposal:

  1. Turn off the power to the dishwasher by unplugging it or switching off the circuit breaker.
  2. Locate the mounting assembly that holds the disposal in place. This assembly typically consists of a mounting ring and mounting bracket.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove the mounting screws that hold the disposal in place.
  4. Once the screws are removed, the disposal should come loose from the mounting assembly.
  5. Carefully lift the disposal out of the dishwasher and disconnect the drain hose and electrical connections.
  6. Once the disposal is out, you can clean it or replace it with a new one.
  7. To re-install the new disposal or the cleaned one, follow the above steps in reverse order.
  8. Turn the power back on and test the dishwasher to make sure it is working properly.

4. Incorrect Installation

If your GE dishwasher isn’t draining properly, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the problem. First, check the drain hose to make sure it isn’t clogged or kinked. If it is, try straightening it out or replacing it. Next, check the drain pump to see if it is working properly. If not, you may need to replace it. Finally, clean out the filters and spray arm to remove any build-up that may be causing problems.

5. A Clogged Air Gap

The air gap is designed to prevent sewage from entering the dishwasher. The air gap in a GE dishwasher is typically located on the top of the sink or countertop, near the back of the dishwasher. If the air gap becomes clogged, it blocked the dishwasher to not drain properly. To unclog an air gap, locate the air gap and remove the cap, clean out any debris or clogs inside the air gap, reassemble the air gap, turn the water supply back on and run a cycle on the dishwasher to check for proper draining.

Steps to clean Air Gap:

  1. Check the air gap for debris. Clean it out if necessary.
  2. Check the drain hose for clogs or kinks. Clear any obstructions.
  3. If your dishwasher has a garbage disposal, make sure it is properly installed and functioning.
  4. Run water from your sink faucet until it is pouring steadily into the dishwasher’s drain port. This will help prime the pump and ensure proper drainage.
  5. Start a wash cycle and allow it to run for a few minutes. Then open the dishwasher door and check for standing water at the bottom of the tub. If there is water present, continue troubleshooting according to your dishwasher’s manual instructions.

6. Faulty Dishwasher Pump

The dishwasher pump is a part that helps to remove the water from the dishwasher. It is located at the bottom of the dishwasher, near the back. It is usually attached to the base of the dishwasher and is connected to the motor and the drain hose. If it’s not working properly, the dishwasher may not drain the water. To check if the pump is faulty, take a look at it for any damage. If it is damaged, you will need to replace it. 

Steps to remove Dishwasher Pump:

  1. Unplug the dishwasher from the power outlet.
  2. Remove the lower access panel of the dishwasher by unscrewing the screws that hold it in place.
  3. Locate the dishwasher pump on the left side of the unit (as you’re looking at it from the front).
  4. Disconnect the electrical wires from the terminals on the dishwasher pump by pressing down on the release tab and sliding them off.
  5. Use a wrench to loosen and remove the mounting bolts that hold the dishwasher pump in place.
  6. Pull the pump out of its housing and take a look inside. If there is anything blocking the impeller (the rotating blades), carefully remove it and discard it.
  7. Reassemble everything in reverse order and plug your dishwasher back in to test it out!

7. Damaged Faulty Control Board

The control board is present behind the control panel or inside the door of the dishwasher. It is responsible for controlling various functions of the dishwasher such as the wash cycle, temperature, and water flow.  If the control board is not working properly, it can create problems in the dishwasher. You can check the control board by looking at it for signs of damage. If the control board is faulty, you will need to replace it.

Steps to replace Control Board:

  1. Unplug the dishwasher or shut off power at the fuse box or breaker panel.
  2. Remove the screws that secure the control board cover to the underside of the dishwasher top.
  3. Lift off the control board cover and set it aside.
  4. Unscrew the two mounting screws that secure the control board to the dishwasher frame and pull the board away from the frame.
  5. Insert the new control board into the frame and screw it in place with the two mounting screws. Be sure that all of the wires are properly connected to their terminals on the new board before you screw them in place.
  6. Plug in your dishwasher or turn on the power.


A GE dishwasher not draining is a common problem that can be easily fixed. By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can quickly and easily have your dishwasher working like new again! So don’t panic if your GE dishwasher isn’t draining properly – try these tips before calling for service or running out to buy a new one. With just a few minutes of work, you’ll be enjoying clean dishes without any hassle!

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