How To: Clean A Dishwasher Filter

Simple And Inexpensive Instructions For Fast And Easy DIY Dishwasher Maintenance.

With over 100,000 appliance repairs of experience, our technicians show you how to perform basic maintenance for your dishwasher.

The last thing you need to be worrying about during a busy morning is a dishwasher leak that starts to flood onto the kitchen floor. But before making any panicked phone calls to a repair technician, the solution may be as simple as a few minutes of effort and a little bit of elbow grease. Instead of becoming a major problem, your dishwasher issue is now no more than a minor blip on the radar. We wanted to provide you with the opportunity perform quick and easy repairs yourself, as a way to save you from expensive service calls and sky-high hourly labour rates. Our on-going video series will explore the problems that impact common household appliances such as your dishwasher, as well as explaining the methods of solving these issues. Let us help and provide you with all the information you need right at your fingertips.

Step by Step:

How to make sure the filter in your dishwasher is not clogged.

+ Open the dishwasher door.

+ Remove the basket that holds the dishes in the machine.

+ Once the basket has been removed, reach towards the bottom of the machine towards the filter.

+ As per the arrows on the filter, slowly twist the filter in the correct direction until it becomes loose and pops out.

+ Once the filter has been removed, check to see if there is any food debris blocking the filter.

+ If there is food in the filter, gently rinse out the filter under cold running water until all food debris has been removed.

+ Once cleaned, place filter back into its spot at the bottom of the machine.

+ Per the arrows, slowly twist the filter back into place until it locks firmly.

+ Carefully place the basket back inside the dishwasher on its track.

+ Close door.


A clogged filter in a dishwasher is a very common issue, and results in the machine being unable to drain which causes to water to pool up and eventually spill out all over your clean kitchen floor. For many people, this is the time when panic sets in and the frantic phone calls to technicians start happening. But many times, it is just that the filter is too filled with food debris for the water to drain properly. The solution to this problem takes less than five minutes and you’re machine will be draining again without issue.

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