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Water backs up from the drain in my dishwasher and smells. what is the problem?

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First you have to check the line of pipe under the sink if its clooged.
just pull it from the sink to plastic tank and see if the pump gets out the water . if it works you have to clean the sink pipe . normally the pump has a non return valve (rubber flap )for the dirty water of dishwasher . if the pump cant drain the water from dishwasher propably the motor winged it does not work so you have to replace the drain motor . of course you have to clean all the filters inside the dishwasher. but from the description propably you have clogged pipe drain under the sink . you have to check drainage faucet if its clean otherwise all the water of sink goes back to dishwasher even a little quantiy and smells dirty.

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Two things can cause this problem:
1. The check valve in your dishwasher may be defective, allowing water and food debris to seep (or run) back into your dishwasher.
2. Your drain hose may not be "mounted up" the way it should be. Look under your sink. Look at how your drain hose is connected to your garbage disposal. If the hose runs down to the floor of your cabinet and into your dishwasher, that is wrong. Instead, it should be mounted up so that water from the sink and garbage disposal would have to flow up first to get into the dishwasher. If you do this, then even if you have a bad check-valve in the dishwasher, it will prevent the problem (or greatly reduce the problem) of dirty water flowing back into your dishwasher.

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Testimonial: "I think the hose was the problem. It was not looped high enough to keep water from running back into the dishwasher. I'll see in a day or two if that was the problem. Thanks for your help."

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Probably from decomposing food scraps left in the dish washer
use a quality dish washer cleaner
make it a principle to rinse off all dishes before placing in the dish washer.

Posted on May 17, 2015

Testimonial: "I always rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, so that shouldn't be the problem. Thanks anyway."

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