- A dishwasher begins the cycle by running a discharge pump to empty any remaining liquid in the machine.
- Next, hot water enters from the side and fills a reservoir at the bottom until it activates a float. In some cycles, an electrical element can heat the water to sanitize dishes.
- Once the reservoir is filled, a pump sprays water and soap all over the dishes.
- At the end of the cycle, the pump will discharge water out of the drain.
- The number of cycles is determined by user settings.