Have a clogged dishwasher? Don’t panic – there might be an easy, DIY fix. Maytag is here to help you learn how to fix a clogged dishwasher.

 

Dishwasher not draining properly? While it’s normal for there to be a bit of standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher from time to time, if you’re seeing an inch or more, it’s highly possible you have a clogged dishwasher.

 

But here’s the good news. There are some steps you can take to unclog a dishwasher that won’t require a visit from a service technician.

 

For specific information and maintenance instructions for your particular dishwasher model, consult your product manual.

STEP 1: CHECK YOUR DISHWASHER FILTER FOR CLOGS

If you have a clogged dishwasher, your dishwasher filter might be the source of the clog. Tough food particles or wet chunks of paper from container labels can get caught in the filter and keep water from draining. As a first step, clean the filter, then rerun the dishwasher to see if it drains.

A dishwasher filter at the bottom of a dishwasher.

FIND YOUR FILTER

The filter is located at the bottom of the dishwasher. Some dishwashers tuck it in the back corner, while other filters can be found around the base of the bottom spray arm.

A dishwasher filter cage.

REMOVE YOUR FILTER

The filter usually has a cage or grille covering it. On some models you can remove the dishwasher filter by hand, while others will need a screwdriver.

 

With the cage removed, you can pull out the filter. If yours is clogged, you will probably see food particles or other visible debris blocking the fine mesh.

 

A person turning on a faucet to clean a dishwasher filter.

RINSE AND REPLACE

Luckily, a clogged dishwasher filter is easy to clean. Run it under the kitchen faucet to rinse off any food particles and debris. You can also gently scrub the filter with warm water and a soft brush, like an old toothbrush, perhaps — but don’t use a wire brush or scouring pad. You can damage the filter if you’re not careful.

 

Replace your sparkling clean filter and remember to put the cover back on.

Learn More: How to Remove, Clean and Replace a Dishwasher Filter.

 

An inside view of a dishwasher cleaning a load of dishes and silverware.

STEP 2: CHECK YOUR DRAIN MOTOR AND DRAIN HOSE

If your dishwasher is still not draining right, even after a filter cleaning, there may be another reason your dishwasher drain is clogged. A broken drain motor or a clogged drain hose can also cause standing water in your dishwasher. Both of these issues are better left to the professionals. Call a service technician to check it out for you.

 

Need a service call for your Maytag® dishwasher? Call customer service at 1-800-344-1274. Hours of operation: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (EST)

 

Schedule Service

 

A four-blade stainless steel chopper found in Maytag dishwashers.

READY TO UPGRADE TO A MAYTAG® DISHWASHER?

Current Maytag® models feature a four-blade stainless steel chopper, so there’s no filter to clean by hand. Ready to upgrade to a dependable Maytag®dishwasher with a powerful chopper? Browse the full Maytag® dishwasher collection for more information.

 

Need help determining what type of dishwasher is right for you? Check out our helpful Dishwasher Guide.

FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DISHWASHER CARE AND MAINTENANCE

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