Something’s not right here. I’m sitting in the dining room, and the dishwasher’s running in the kitchen. It’s draining, and I heard a sound that I never heard before. Kind of a weird sucking noise. Normally, when the dishwasher drains, it just drains into the pipes under the kitchen sink. This time, I went over to look at the sink, and noticed that hot water from the dishwasher was coming out of the dishwasher air gap next to the faucet. Yes, I had to search for what that thing is called. There was some icky bits of black stuff coming up out of the air gap’s vents, too. My question to the Gathered Intelligence: what does this all mean? Does it need fixing? Dori would love it to mean we need a new dishwasher, by the way, but let’s not enable her unnecessarily; we’ve already replaced our water heater this year.
Update: Many thanks for the comments, public and private. The consensus seems to be that the hose or fitting from the dishwasher to the air gap is clogged with post-dishwasher gunk that’s built up in the past 7 years, and just needs cleaning out. I’ll get under the sink and try that. Dori will stand by, quietly praying that the dishwasher will spontaneously combust for no good reason (she really dislikes it). I suggested that we could maybe get a new dishwasher next year.