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Dishwasher Airgap Leaks On Countertop


dishwasher airgapWhen you run your dishwasher, does it drain on top of your counter? If so, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot and fix the problem. The first question I usually ask is if the homeowner recently had a new garbage disposal installed. If so, then it is likely the installer forgot to remove the knock-out plug that allows the dishwasher to drain. If the knock-out plug has not been removed, the water will back up to the air gap on top of your counter and run all over the counter. The fix here is to remove the rubber discharge hose and tap out the plug, then reinstall the hose.

If the plug has been removed, it is likely that the discharge hose is plugged up with debris from the dishwasher (you know, the food that you didn’t wash off of your plate before you loaded the dishwasher). With the discharge hose removed from the garbage disposal, use a long screwdriver or other implement to try to pull out the debris. You can place this hose in a bucket and run the dishwasher on “rinse and drain” to push out any remaining debris.

Reassemble it and test. If you still get water draining out of the air gap, check to see if the hose has a kink in it. If it does, you may need to trim a little off of the length to remove the kink. As a last resort, you may need to replace the air gap.



thank you so much i did just that lots of help , stupid disposal lol
Posted @ Thursday, January 05, 2012 8:04 PM by brandon
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