Resolved: Why Won't My GE Dishwasher Profile Drain?

By Cory White
Resolved: Why Won’t My GE Dishwasher Profile Drain?

Is your GE Dishwasher Profile refusing to drain? Do not panic. We’ve been there, and that’s why we have come up with the best troubleshooting guide to help you fix this problem. We’ve also added some preventive measures to prevent a recurrence of this.

Before Proceeding

Check For A Blockage in the Dishwasher Sump

The dishwasher sump is connected to the drainage system. Sometimes, the sump can get blocked with food remnants or other particles. You may unclog the sump by pouring some warm water through it. 

The sump is at the bottom of the dishwasher, so it’s best to take out the bottom rack while doing this. 


  1. Faulty Drain Pump Impeller

The drain pump impeller might be clogged or broken. To locate the drain pump impeller, you will need to take out the bottom rack, the spray arms, and the filter assembly. 


Order a replacement for a broken impeller.

  1. Faulty Drain Pump

The drain pump allows water to go down the drain hose. If you notice that the drain pump is faulty or clogged, it’s best to order a replacement. To confirm that the drain pump is defective, check for any electrical path in the drain pump. 

  1. Failed Drain Solenoid

The solenoid controls the valve and allows water to leave the dishwasher. You can locate the solenoid on the drain pump area. If the drain solenoid is faulty, it’s best to order a replacement. Be sure to ask for the help of an experienced technician if you get stuck. 

  1. Defective Drain Check Valve

The essence of the drain check valve is to prevent water that is being drained from entering the dishwasher again. If there is a problem with the drain check valve, it’s best to replace it. 

  1. Chopper Blade Area Clogged With Food

The chopper blade cuts food particles into pieces to prevent clogging the drain. However, the chopper blade area might itself get clogged. To unclog it, place the chopper blade in warm and soapy water. You can also use a broomstick to remove the visible food particles. 

  1. GE Dishwasher Filter is Full

The filter is located at the bottom of the dishwasher; it collects food particles that might clog the dishwasher. Ensure that you clean the filter regularly with a toothbrush. You can also place it in warm and soapy water. 

  1. Too Much Dishwasher Detergent

Adding too much detergent can clog the dishwasher itself as the detergent might not dissolve. If your dishwasher is clogged with too much detergent, run a separate wash using white vinegar in place of detergent. 

  1. Drain Hose is Blocked or Kinked

To unclog your dishwasher profile’s drain hose, you can use a mixture of hot water, vinegar, and some baking soda. 

Also, ensure that there’s enough space for the drain hose to stay without getting bent or curved. 

  1. The Air Gap is Clogged

Sometimes, particles in the water may clog the air gap. To unclog it, open the air gap cover and pick out any particles in it with a tweezer or any other similar item. 

You can pour in some hot water through it to unclog it. 

  1. Garbage Disposal Problems

Remove the particles in the disposal using a tweezer or any other similar item.

There is a hexagonally shaped hole, which is under the garbage disposal. Insert any driver such as an Allen wrench into the hole to push the grinding arms back and forth.

How to avoid this in the future

Usually, a GE dishwasher profile does not drain because of a clogged or defective part. To prevent a repeat of this, clean the dishwasher regularly and do some deep-cleaning from time to time.

Watch out for food particles also. While you do not need to pre-rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher, be sure to get rid of particles such as eggshells, cans, and other similar items. 

While cleaning, try out cleaning agents like vinegar and baking soda. 

Let us know if you have other worries about your GE dishwasher profile.

Maintenance and professional help

Run regular maintenance checks for your dishwasher profile to find any part that needs to be cleaned, unclogged, or replaced. If you get stuck while cleaning the dishwasher, be sure to reach out to us for professional assistance. Our experienced technicians are happy to assist. 


With this guide, you already know what areas to look for when your GE dishwasher profile does not drain. In addition to the tips given, be sure to reach out to us if you need any additional professional assistance. We’ll be happy to help.


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