Dishwasher Storage

If your dishwasher going to be stored in an unheated location during the winter months or in a vacation home, see your Owner's Manual for model specific instructions to prevent the machine from freezing. If no direction is found in your Owner's Manual, follow the steps below. This procedure can also be followed in summer months to prevent mold buildup if you plan to leave your dishwasher unused for an extended period of time.


  1. Remove fuses or trip circuit breakers to remove electric power from the dishwasher.
  2. Turn off the water supply to the dishwasher and drain the water inlet line.
  3. Remove the water valve from the dishwasher and blow on the small plastic outlet to remove any water.
  4. Remove the plastic sump cover in the tub bottom by removing the two screws. Slide the cover from underneath the heating element; remove the grid screen in models that are so equipped. Soak up any water with a sponge.


  • It is not necessary to lubricate any of the gaskets or seals, any lubricant would just end up in your wash water when you use it next.
  • When re-installed, it is possible for the pump seals to stick from sitting unused. See the below information if this has happened.
If the dishwasher makes a low grade hum sound, and will not run, your pump seals are probably stuck. Follow the steps below to remedy this problem:
  1. Pour 1 quart of hot tap water mixed with 4 oz. of completely dissolved citric acid down through the power tower in the center of the spray arm, Let it stand for approx. 30 minutes.
  2. Run the dishwasher through one complete cycle to completely rinse out the tub.
  3. If the motor still does not start service will be required.

Note: Two (2) ounces of citric acid may be added to your soap cup, and then run, before storage. This will prevent the seals from sticking. Citric Acid prevents mineral deposits from building up on the pump seals. For extremely hard water areas, you may want to follow this process on a monthly basis.