How to Replace Drain Pump for a GE Profile Dishwasher

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GE manufactures a number of appliances to help out in the kitchen. Its line of GE Profile dishwashers features innovations such as whisper-quiet operation and Energy Star certification. These washers spray your dirty dishes with water and soap, which is then pumped out of the dishwasher by an impeller and pump and into your home's sewer system. The pumps, just like any other machine part, can sometimes wear out and break down. In that case, you'll want to replace the drain pump on your GE Profile Dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat bladed screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Towel
  • Unplug the dishwasher or turn of the electricity for the dishwasher circuit. This will help prevent accidental shock.

  • Open the dishwasher door. Pull the lower dishwasher rack out of the machine.

  • Examine the spray arm. Some have plastic caps on the end that cover the arm bolt. Remove the cap with a screwdriver if present. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolt holding the spray arm in place. Pull the arm straight up to remove.

  • Locate the impeller. This is the fan shaped device on the bottom of the dishwasher that sucks out the water. Insert a small piece of wood, such as the handle from a popsicle into the impeller blades to keep it still. Unscrew the screws that surround the impeller. Pull the impeller out of the machine.

  • Remove the screws holding the bottom panel and the kick panel in place. Pull these off the dishwasher.

  • Locate the pump, which is directly at the bottom of the machine. There will be a drain hose running back to the sink from the pump. Place a towel under the pump to catch any water and loosen the hose clamp holding the drain hose in place. Pull this off the pump. Push the pump up from underneath and remove it from inside the dishwasher.

  • Insert the new pump and impeller assembly into the GE profile dishwasher. Attach the hose underneath and secure with the drain clamp. Insert the wood into the impeller and secure with the screws.

  • Replace the lower and kick panel. Slide the lower rack into the machine. Restore the power and test the dishwasher by running it on an empty load.

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