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My kitchenAide dishwasher has a vent ( ) next to the faucet

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My kitchenAide dishwasher has a vent (?) next to the faucet on the sink that connects to the dishwasher and the disposal underneath. It spurts water all over the countertop during dishwasher operation, when the water drains. I've removed it, taken it apart, and put it back together. It looks unbroken. What's causing the water to come out?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Bud replied 5 years ago.

 

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This is the dishwasher air gap. When the dishwasher drains, the water goes through the drain hose up to the air gap then down into the disposer. This is code for some areas. It isn't code in my area. I don't have one on mine. Mine is connected directly to my disposer. If my sink were to stop up the water could back into my dishwasher. This is the reason for the code in some areas.

 

The reason water is coming out is, it has failed. You may not physically see anything wrong with it. Replacing it will resolve your problem. When removing the hoses make sure they are clear and open. No buildup on the sidewalls of the tubing.

 

 


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

THANK YOU! I'LL GET A NEW PART FROM A PLUMBING SUPPLY STORE NEARBY AND INSTALL IT. YOU'VE SAVED ME A PLUMBER'S CALL. THANKS!

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Hi Bud,

 

I replaced the air gap as you said. It still squirts water all over the countertop. Got another idea?

Expert:  Bud replied 5 years ago.

It had to be the air gap or a restriction in the drain line going into the disposer.

 

Is it clear, not kinked? As you can see in the diagram, if there is any restrictions in the hose connecting the air gap to the disposer the water will show its ugly self on the counter. The air gaps have a bad habit of stopping up near the outlet connection. Replace or clean the hose between the air gap and the disposer making sure the port in the disposer is clear and nothing to restrict the flow from the air gap. Please reply if you need other help.

 

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