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Old 06.08.2011, 21:21
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Dishwasher Flooding


Im not at home at the moment, so I can't give the brand, but I'll update that when I get back tonight.

My came-with-apartment dishwasher has been flooding with water recently.n it doesn't happen if I run it every night, but when I take a few days off (small meals, nobody over, etc) I open it to find a small to a large amount of water in the bottom. Then I have to get a cup and scoop some out, then run the dishwasher again (no dishes) to remove the remainder.

Can anybody offer an insight to this, or empathize maybe?? The neighbor had the problem too, and had a plumber over, but he didn't do anything for it, and they run theirs every night so it only affects them.

My best guess is that when water drains it gets backed up, but that doesn't make sense since running it every day removes the problem.

On non-busy times (no guests, not many friends in town) I try never to use it, so this will be a problem...

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Re: Dishwasher Flooding

That's usually a filter problem. Most dishwashers have a filter unit that can be unscrewed and cleaned out, it can get clogged with paper from labels and various other things. There's also special "dishwasher cleaner" stuff that can help keeping the pipes clean from muck buildup and calcaire (can't remember the english name). Worst case: contact landlord/regie and get them to send in a qualified technician. Plumbers are no help usually.
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Re: Dishwasher Flooding

Can you unplug the machine, the connection might be under the sink on the wall, or the power might be at the fuse box.

If it floods again, then the machine does not have an electrical fault, i.e. allowing the inlet water valve to open.

Can you turn the water off after a wash cycle? If the flooding stops then I suspect the inlet water valve is leaking, and water is trickling into the machine.

Many machines are operating even when no programme is selected, they pump out any water. In your situation I don't understand why this isn't happening. Is it a very old machine?

If the apartment is rented, then the owner should ask the repair man to come round. If you call, then you might be expected to pay the cost!
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