Replacing or Repairing Your Drain Hose(Why Your Dishwasher May Not Be Draining)


There are a couple reasons why a dishwasher may not drain but one of the more common reasons is that there is something wrong with your drain hose, here is a DIY way you can replace or repair your drain hose.

*WARNING: Before starting any repair, always make sure that the appliance is completely disconnected from the power source by unplugging it.  This tutorial is meant to be a guide and should not be used in place of the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer.  


1.) Remove the lower kickplate pannel of your dishwasher, this is usually located below the door. To do this just unscrew the screws either located above or below the kickplate pannel
2.) The drain hose will be connected to the lower spray arm

dishwasher diagram

– pliers
drain hose

1.) Place a pan underneath the hose to catch any potential spills
2.) Disconnect the drain from the pump, to do this pinch the wire clamp with pliers and slide the clamp up the hose
3.) Check your hose to see if it is clogged or has any kinks, if so unclog the hose or fix any kinks
4.) If the hose needs to be replaced (#3 doesn’t apply) replace the hose with a new drain hose and connect one end of the hose to the dishwasher pump and the other end to the sink drain
5.) replace the clamps and put the lower kickplate panel back on

7 thoughts on “Replacing or Repairing Your Drain Hose(Why Your Dishwasher May Not Be Draining)

  1. Thank you for the helpful tips for broken dishwashers. My dishwasher has been making all of my dishes dirtier than when I put them in. I even rinse them before I put them in the dishwasher. I can’t figure out what the problem is so I will probably have someone repair it.

    • Thanks for your comment Wendy, we’re glad you found them helpful!

      Pre-rinsing your dishes (unless they are heavily soiled) may actually make it harder for your dishwasher to clean the dishes. Most dish detergents need those food particles so they have something to soak into.

      If you’re still experiencing this problem, try these tips: We hope they help!

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