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#1 sandpiper

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 07:59 AM

I have a Kitchenaid dishwasher model KUDM01TJ. I have recently noticed it leaves a level of water in the tub at the end of the drain cycle. The level is just at the course potection grate, sometimes a little higher, sometimes a little lower. If I push cancel, another purge cycle starts and the tub is then pretty well emptied. I have checked for foreign material inside the chopper, at the drain pump inlet, at the drain pump outlet, in the drain tube and at the garbage disposal, and can't find anything foreign.

This is something not noticed before, but maybe it has always been this way, I'm not sure. Is having a level at the end of the dry cycle normal or do I have a problem developing?

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 10:48 AM

disposal/sink drains good?
put end of drain hose in a pail, it should flow roughly as fast as a garden hose

you should not see standing water at the end of the cycle

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 02:19 PM

disposal/sink drains good?
put end of drain hose in a pail, it should flow roughly as fast as a garden hose

you should not see standing water at the end of the cycle

By removing the disposal splash guard in the sink, I can see water from the dishwasher as it flows into the disposal during the drain cycle. To me, the flow looks pretty pitiful, as the drain tube is about half full where it dumps into the disposal, and the water just falls off the end of the tube.

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 02:23 PM

One thing I forgot to mention is that when I removed the drain tube from the dishwasher drain pump, two small white rubber disks fell out of the tube. The disks are about 1/2" in diameter and 1/8" thick. Does that mean anything? I can't imagine that they came through the pump, I'm wondering if they came from the pump.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 10:14 AM

I got it. I removed the drain pump today and tested it....checked out fine. Then I noticed the rubber flap "check valve" had not dropped into it's slot properly. I could not see this when I inserted it from above a few days earlier when I was looking for cuties in the drain. After reseating the "flap" valve, it pumps very well now, no more level remaining in the basin.

I am not sure what caused the original problem, maybe it was those rubber disks I found. Turns out they are from my wife's cutting board. She had been complaining that the feet disappeared and didn't know where they went.

Anyway thanks for the help. Knowing the level was not suppose to be there movitated me to dig deeper.




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