What Is the Way to Unclog a Dishwasher?

A clogged dishwasher drain may be unclogged using a simple solution made of vinegar and baking soda, along with the assistance of a straightened wire coat hanger. It is important to first make sure what is preventing the dishwasher from draining as a full garbage disposal or a clogged air gap can also keep the dishwasher from draining properly.

Once determining that a clogged garbage disposal or a clogged air gap is not preventing the dishwasher from draining properly, proceed with unclogging the dishwasher drain. The following shows a simple way of how to unclog the dishwasher drain.

Step 1: Turn appliance off

Make sure that the dishwasher and the garbage disposal are turned off, as well as the power source that supplies both appliances with electricity. Double check that both appliances are no longer drawing any electricity from a power source.

Step 2: Examine drain hose

Disconnect the drain hose that connects the dishwasher to the garbage disposal. Refer to the manual of both devices to locate this hose. Examine the drain hose for clogs or buildup, and then clear it with a straightened wire coat hanger.

Step 3: Clear any clogs

Locate the drain of the dishwasher and disconnect its catch and filters. Use the wire to clear any clogs and build up. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of vinegar and pour it down the drain to clear it up further.

Step 4: Reconnect everything

After leaving the solution enough time to clear up the drain, reconnect the catches, filters and hoses. The dishwasher should now be draining properly and is ready to use.