Do you need to replace the drain pump in your Electrolux dishwasher? The good news is that it’s a pretty straightforward repair to make, so it doesn’t require a high level of technical knowledge.
Simply follow our step-by-step instructions below to remove the faulty drain pump and then reinstall the new one.
This guide covers most models of Electrolux dishwashers, including:
- Start by disconnecting the power at the wall.
- Shut off the water supply valve. You can find this underneath your sink.
Remove the Old Drain Pump
- The first thing to do is to remove the lower access panel. You’ll need to unthread the two screws that are holding it in place. Once removed, set the panel aside out of the way.
- Use a pair of channel lock pliers to loosen the elbow fitting that connects the water supply line to the water inlet valve.
- Unscrew the rest of the elbow fitting until the water supply line is disconnected. You might want to put a towel down underneath it, as water may come out of the waterline when you remove it.
- Disconnect the drain hose from the sink drain or garbage disposal unit. Feed it through the cabinet.
- Open the dishwasher door and unthread the two screws that secure the mounting bracket to the countertop or cabinet (if applicable).
- If required, adjust the dishwasher legs so that you can pull it out from its position. When pulling the dishwasher out, make sure that the water hoses can come out with it and are not stuck.
- Remove the power supply cord from the junction box. You can do this by unthreading the screws that hold the junction box cover in place. When open, disconnect the wires by undoing the wire nuts (make sure you note which wires go where for when you have to put them back together again).
- Lift the dishwasher from the front about 3-4 inches and place a piece of wood or similar item underneath the dishwasher to keep it in a tilted-up position. You might need somebody to help you lift it while you place the object underneath it.
- Unthread the strain relief nut and then detach the strain relief and the connected wires from the junction box.
- Place a towel behind the dishwasher and then tip the dishwasher down onto it so that it’s resting on the back panel.
- Remove the bottom panel by unclipping it and taking off the rear leg adjusting rod.
- Now you will have access to the drain pump. You can remove it by holding the tab on it and then turning it counterclockwise. This will release it from the sump.
- Disconnect the wire connector from the drain pump, and take it out of the dishwasher.
Install the New Drain Pump
- Now that you’ve successfully removed the old pump, the first thing to do is to reattach the wire connector to the new pump.
- Place it into the sump and twist it clockwise until the tab clips in.
- Align the lower panel in the correct position, and then snap it back into place.
- Reattach the “rear leg adjusting rod” back into the correct position.
- You can now pull the dishwasher up to an upright position.
- Prop the dishwasher back up 3-4inches on an angle with a piece of wood or another object.
- Thread the power supply cord back into the junction box as well as the strain relief. Once in the correct position, you can thread and tighten the strain relief nut.
- Remove the object keeping the dishwasher elevated, reattach the wires back to how they were before, and secure them with the wire nuts.
- Reattach the cover onto the junction box, and secure it with the screw.
- Make sure that the hoses and cords are threaded into the holes in the cabinet – then push the dishwasher back into it. Pull the hoses and cords out through the holes.
- Adjust the front leveling legs and rear leveling rod if required to ensure the dishwasher is level.
- Reattach the mounting brackets to the countertop or cabinet.
- Reconnect the hoses and plugs back to their correct positions. Make sure that the drain hose is elevated above the connection point.
- Reconnect the water supply line onto the inlet valve, and secure it by tightening on the elbow fitting.
- Realign the lower access panel and screw back in the screws to secure it in the dishwasher.
Restart the Dishwasher
- Turn the water supply back on and reattach the wastewater hose.
- Plug the dishwasher back in and turn the power back on.
- Run your dishwasher through a cycle to make sure the new drain pump is working correctly and there are no leaks. If it runs through the cycle smoothly, then your dishwasher is now fixed up and ready to be used again.