Normally, dishwashers are a low maintenance household item. When food gets stuck in drainage pipes, though, you’ll start to smell a foul odor. A small amount of standing water in the bottom of the unit is normal, but if you open the door and there’s water leaking out, your drain hose may be clogged. Perhaps, also, your dishes aren’t looking as clean as “they used to,” and there’s some sort of residue on them. Your dishwasher may need some cleaning and/or repair.
First, look at the sprayer arm inside the dishwasher. This is the piece with lots of small holes, where the washer squirts out water to clean the dishes. Sometimes the holes can become clogged, and they’ll need to be cleaned with a small brush, such as a toothbrush.
Next, to keep your dishwasher running efficiently, don’t overload it with really dirty dishes full of chunks of food. Simply use some dishwashing soap in the sink to rinse off glasses and dishes before you put them in the dishwasher to help reduce the risk of a clogged drain.
Thirdly, check the dishwasher screen/filter at the bottom of the washer. It’s designed to catch food pieces before they get to the drainage pipes. Clean them out regularly. Check for any cracks or holes in the filter, too, because they could be your culprit for clogs.
In Pinal County, Arizona, people with dishwasher drain problems call Brutinel Plumbing & Electrical at 800-839-5802. Brutinel will get the clogs out if you continue to have trouble!