All dishwashers run the drain pump first at start, to clear any dirty left over water. Start a cycle and listen. The drain pump should be heard running for approximately 30 seconds before stopping and the fill begins. If you can't hear anything then either the pump has a blockage or the pump may be broken and need replacing.
Lincoln Appliance NZ
Quite likely the pump is blocked. The manual is a good place to start. If you need to ask again, just make sure you give the make and model of your machine, otherwise we won't have a clue.
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water stays in machine, does not pumping it out?
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