How to Clean a Whirlpool Dishwasher Food Trap

You can quickly remove, rinse and replace the food trap of your Whirlpool dishwasher. A clogged food trap makes it difficult for a dishwasher to drain and effectively wash dishes. Some Whirlpool dishwashers offer food disposers and self-cleaning filters that remove solid food waste automatically. Models with manually serviced food traps will need to be cleaned of debris whenever they get filled. The time it takes for the solid waste trap to fill depends on how often you pre-wash the dishes and how often you use the appliance.

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Reference the owner's manual for your Whirlpool dishwasher model to determine the location of the food trap. Remove or pull out the top or bottom rack for access, if necessary.

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Pull the filter out of the food trap and rinse it under running water. Tapping it gently on the side of the sink may help to release any stuck chunks of food debris.

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Dampen a paper towel and reach inside of the dishwasher. Wipe clean the area where the food trap filter was sitting. Return the rinsed filter to its operating location inside the dishwasher.

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Load the Whirlpool dishwasher with dirty dishes and soap. Run the dishwasher at a normal cycle.