5 Reasons Your GE Dishwasher Isn’t Draining Properly

The GE dishwasher is a great appliance to have in your home. When it comes to washing the dishes, this saves you time and energy. But what if your GE dishwasher isn’t draining fully? This can be frustrating, especially if you are trying to conserve water or want clean dishes as soon as possible! This blog post will discuss 5 reasons why GE dishwashers may not be draining fully and how you can fix the problem.

Determining When a GE Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

The GE dishwasher not draining problem can be caused by a few different issues. Here are some common symptoms that may point to the source of your GE dishwasher’s drainage problems:


GE Dishwasher Filter Clogged

Water Standing With DebrisDishwasher Filter

A dishwasher filter prevents large food particles from clogging the drain pump, and without one, a GE dishwasher may not be draining. A few of our loading tips include removing larger particles before placing them in the machine, but regular cleanings are best for preventing future problems like this.

To clean a complete GE dishwasher filter, follow these instructions:

  • Remove the bottom shelf.
  • Twist the Ultra Fine Filter counterclockwise and lift up. Separate the ultra-fine, and fine filters, then wash each separately with warm soapy water using a sponge or brush.
  • Clean any excess dirt off of both filters after washing them
  • Reattach components by lining up arrows on Fine Filter before positioning it in place.

Blockage or Kinked Drain Hose

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A dishwasher’s drain hose connects the sink, garbage disposal, or even an external drainage system. If there are kinks in this hose or it is blocked by debris, then water cannot flow easily through, and you might notice that during a wash cycle, your appliance will have standing water. While experienced DIYers can quickly address these issues, sometimes only professionals know how best to resolve them for good!

If the hose is damaged or a blockage cannot be removed, it must be replaced.

Follow these general steps: 

Turn off the water supply valve at your home’s circuit breaker and remove the dishwasher from the countertop to pull forward.

Remove the hose clamp from the sink drain/disposal.

Remove clogged hose gently straighten any kinks Flush away blocked bits Reattach tube into both ends by screwing on screws Secure in place before restoring power.


Detergent Overdose in the Dishwasher

Adding too much detergent to the dishwasher will result in extra suds, which might prevent draining. You may notice dirty residue and water leftover at the end of your cycle when this happens because it didn’t drain properly. 

The amount of soap should be based on how soiled or dirty dishes are and taking into account what kind of purity level is in your local water supply (hard versus soft). It’s recommended by GE to use a specific amount listed on the user manual depending on these factors, which vary according to make and model.


The Air Gap Has Been Blocked.

Water that backs up into the sink drain and causes clogs is prevented by an air gap. On the other hand, the air gap may become blocked with debris over time, necessitating regular cleaning. Clogged drains can cause a dishwasher not to drain correctly if your house has an air gap.

To clear a blockage in the air gap, remove the air gap cover, wipe any debris away with your hand or a paper towel, and check for visible obstructions before replacing it.


Garbage Disposal Issues

Garbage disposal problems can cause a dishwasher not to drain. A garbage disposal may still have a plug, restricting water flow and causing clogs that result in an issue with the draining of the dishwasher.

Disposal clogs are often located where there is contact between them and fork out more money on repairs by getting help from professionals who will assess for any further possible issues regarding installation of your new unit or, even better, just get rid of it all together!


Dishwashers often have difficulties that need attention to function properly, such as clogging the drain pump, which is why regular cleaning should help prevent future problems like this one from occurring again. When experiencing drainage issues with your GE Dishwasher, you will want to check out the above instructions on how best to clean both filters.

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