If you’re done with an old dishwasher and are happy to get rid of it, you usually don’t think that is going to give you any more trouble. But trouble it can give you if you’re not careful.
The origin of the problem
Many people, when they plan to replace appliances that no longer work, don’t get rid of them right away. They let them stay where they are a couple of weeks while they research the new models out there. They put off getting rid of the old unit because they don’t want to see a big hole where it used to be, and also because it’s a chore. In case of a dishwasher, this can be a problematic choice.
What would you usually do to shut down a dishwasher?
If you want to turn a dishwasher off once and for all, you would probably turn off the circuit breaker that supplies power to it, turn off the water, and leave the door open for a few hours for everything in sight to dry properly. You’d think you covered everything, shut the door, and go on with your life.
Therein lies the problem
When you decide to stop using a dishwasher, you’ll need to wash dishes t by hand in the sink. Of course, when you do this, you will sometimes need to contend with sink clogs, especially if you don’t have a garbage disposal unit in there. The problem is that the dishwasher and the sink usually share a common drain. When something clogs the drain, water can back up into the dishwasher that you’ve shut down.
It can get nasty
A dishwasher is meant to hold a lot of water without letting any of it leak out. For this reason, all the waste water that backs up into which will remain nicely sealed inside for a while. One day, when it’s turned truly putrid, it will begin to leak. That’s when you’ll have a situation on your hands.
What do you do now?
If your dishwasher’s drain pump is still functional, you can run it and get rid of the swamp water within. If it isn’t functional, though, you’ll need to improvise.
You might consider getting a wet vacuum cleaner and sucking the water out through the dishwasher’s drain. You might also consider simply pulling the whole dishwasher out, and kicking it out of the house.
The moral of the story
If you plan to stop using a dishwasher, you want to either get rid of it right away, or disconnect it from the drain. Otherwise, you’ll have a nasty job on your hands, and/or a big bill from a dishwasher repair tech.