How to Unclog a GE Dishwasher

By Cory White
How to Unclog a GE Dishwasher

We've all been there. Your GE dishwasher is clogged, and there's no way for water to drain. Do not panic. We've curated easy ways for you to unclog your GE dishwasher and get it back and runny again in no time. We've also included some easy ways to find out if your dishwasher is clogged, together with some maintenance hacks to prevent it from happening.

How to Know if your Dishwasher is Clogged 

Like any other machine, specific indications notify us of a problem. To know if your dishwasher is clogged, here are some of the things to look out for. 

Usually, when your dishwasher is clogged, the water in it drains slowly or does not drain at all. The dishwasher might be blocked because of some remnants of food particles in it. 

Also, when your dishwasher is clogged, your dishes may not clean well. Some used water residue remains in the dishwasher and stains the already washed plates.

Your dishwasher may give off a foul smell when it is clogged, especially by food items or waste. 

Long Term Impact

Ignoring your clogged dishwasher has more significant consequences and long-term effects. A clogged dishwasher leaves your dishes unclean. 

Also, a clogged dishwasher might produce a foul smell. When there is no available pathway for water in the dishwasher, it becomes stagnant and smelly. 

Woman arranging plates in dish washer

A clogged dishwasher might cause further havoc to the dishwasher. If your drain hose is clogged, for instance, water becomes stagnant for an extended period in the pipe, and it might result in a leaking pipe.

Lastly, a clogged dishwasher is harmful to your overall health. When your dishwasher is clogged, it becomes a breeding place for moths and harmful organisms. 

How to Fix A Clogged Dishwasher

Fixing a clogged dishwasher usually depends on what part is clogged and why. A clogged dishwasher can result from a drain hose, garbage disposal, air gap, and other features.

Either way, we’ve outlined a couple of steps for you on how to fix a clogged dishwasher.

Sometimes, fixing a clogged dishwasher might require nothing but cleaning it or deep cleaning it. Other times, you might need a new part.

If you require further assistance at any point in fixing your clogged dishwasher, do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

Shopping for a quick fix

If you desire a quick fix for your clogged GE dishwasher, open the bottom of the dishwasher and inspect the drain. It’s advisable to take out the bottom rack in the dishwasher for this. 

Water is supposed to pass through the drain, so there may be particles on the drain if it’s clogged.

If you are also looking for a quick fix for your clogged dishwasher, you should inspect the filter. You can remove it and soak it in warm and soapy water for about ten minutes to clear out the particles in it. 

Normal cleaning

There are times that all you have to do to fix your clogged dishwasher is to clean it. 

For instance, your dishwasher may be clogged because food particles are stuck at the chopper blade. When this happens, you mostly only need to clean out all debris. Voila.

Also, if your drain hose is clogged, you may only need to run some warm water through it; you can also add some vinegar and some baking soda to the mixture. 

The mixture should help clear all the stuck debris in the hose. You can also run this fix on your filter to unclog it. 

You can place the filter under running water to clear out the debris or soak it in some warm soapy water. 

If it remains clogged after running this cleaning, you may consider requesting more professional help by contacting an experienced technician. 

Deep cleaning

Deep cleaning your dishwasher means looking more inwards to clean the inner parts of the dishwasher. 

To deep clean your dishwasher, you need items such as an old toothbrush, white distilling vinegar, a bowl, baking soda, a spraying bottle, and some paper towels. 

Remove the removable parts of the dishwasher, starting from the bottom rack. While doing this, be sure to take notes of where the screws go and how to place them. 

Use your toothbrush to scrub out every stain or particle in it. Scrub off any buildup on the spinning arms, the racks, and look out for other areas. Use a toothpick or a wooden skewer in corners and tight spaces. 

After you have scrubbed the insides of the dishwasher and replaced all the parts you removed, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with vinegar and run a complete cycle at the hottest setting on your dishwasher.

If you still have some stain, run an additional cycle with baking soda. 

Just don’t do this

Some things have no business being in your dishwasher. While there is not a need to necessarily pre-rinse your dishes before placing them in the GE dishwasher, still ensure that items such as eggshells, potato peels, and others do not find their way into the dishwasher. 

Maintenance and professional help

To avoid running into this kind of trouble again, maintain your dishwasher by cleaning it regularly and preventing it from getting clogged. 

It’s okay if DIYs are not your thing, or if you still need further help on unclogging your dishwasher, you can always reach out to an experienced professional to help you out. 


A clogged dishwasher happens quite frequently and can be solved quickly. This guide provides a step-by-step method to successfully unclog your GE dishwasher, primarily through regular or deep cleaning. Remember to reach out for more professional help if you get stuck at any point trying to unclog your GE dishwasher.


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