Why is My Dishwasher Leaking?

Getting up in the morning to discover a large puddle on the floor is never a great to start the day.

Thankfully, most common sources of dishwasher leaks are comparatively simple to diagnose and resolve on your own. This means you might not be required to hand wash the dishes for more than a day or two, spend a day at home waiting for an engineer or need to pay the call-out fee.

So, get out the instruction manual if you know where it is, find an old towel to clean up the puddle and get a towel soak up any further leaks and see whether you can’t fix the problem. If you aren’t able to call us for local dishwasher repair.

Commonplace Sources of Dishwasher Faults as well as How to Mend Them

Many of the most commonly seen sources of dishwasher faults are not really a result of a dishwasher fault . Prior to starting getting the tools out and also looking at endless youtube tutorials there are a few problems you should take a look at first.

  1. Test to see whether your dishwasher is aligned. If the dishwasher is not aligned water can easily pool and so spill out regardless of whether or not the dishwasher has a fault.
  2. Investigate you are using the right soap. You might have seen this with your washer. Too much detergent or the wrong type could result in to too many suds, the suds bubble over and so you get a spill.
  3. Check your dishwasher door fully closes. If it does not there may be a blockage, or you could have to fix the hinge or the locking mechanism.
  4. Investigate the filter located at the base of the tub for any obvious obstructions as if your dishwasher isn’t emptying properly this is likely to result in fill too much and so leak.

When you have eliminated these possible causes it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start the investigation.

To make your life easier start with the door as well as check for any obvious damage within of the machine prior to moving on to the underside. If you can find and so fix the leak without pulling out the dishwasher so much the better.

Also make sure you disconnect the appliance first by either unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker for the dishwasher.

Door Seal

The door is probably the most everyday area for leakage and one of the simplest problems to resolve.

If the leak is periodic the fault could be as easy as a big pan or another object putting pressure into the door and preventing the door from shutting properly.

On the other hand the door seal might have come loose or been damaged.

Examine the door gasket and test for any degradation, mineral deposits or other gunk, or any parts in which the seal has come away from the door.

Extracting the gasket and giving it a good clean can help in some instances or you may be required to buy a new gasket and change it.

Water Inlet Valve (Solenoid Fill Valve)

The inlet valve can be a further commonly seen issue. The inlet is in most cases situated underneath the machine so you will need to unscrew the kick plate and also could have to unscrew the door cover.

The fill valve opens and closes to let water into the tub at varying times in the cycle. The fill valve might be damaged, evidenced by a slow drip, or it may be broken thus not opening or closing properly during the programme.

When the inlet valve doesn’t close properly this can mean that the dishwasher overfills, causing a leak.

In General water inlet valve cannot be fixed unless it is only the rubber seal that is damaged, which means the entire component would need to be changed.

Leaking Hoses

Your dishwasher uses hoses to supply, empty and also redistribute water during the cycle.

Two complications may arise where hoses are the cause.

  1. The gaskets might get damaged or the connections might work loose meaning it’s a good idea to have a look at all the connections .
  2. The alternative issue than could easily develop over time is that hoses can be damaged or get a hole in.

Luckily broken hoses are relativelysimple to get hold of and also replace, even for a novice.

Pumps and Seals

You are able to visually investigate the rubber gaskets surrounding the pumps or motor to determine whether there is a leak and replace them if that’s the case.

The Float Switch

The float itself or the float switch could be damaged causing the dishwasher to overfill.

A working float will go up as the water level goes up until the desired or highest water level is reached. The end piece of the float should then turn on the switch. A blockage or breakage could be your problem.

Testing the switch will require electrical equipment but it may be clearly broken in which case getting a new one should stop the leak.

Other Components that Might Lead to Leakage

A broken wash arm or support could build up pressure resulting in leakage. This can also often result in your dishes not being cleaned as effectively as they should.

Broken or cracked tubes may also result in this problem as could a cracked pump cap.

The motor shaft seal may have come loose resulting in a leak. This generally presents as a leak coming from underneath the appliance.

Top Tips to Mend Your Machine

  1. Save money by replacing the seal rather than the whole part. In most cases, you are able to buy the seal without the rest of the part which saves you having to change the whole part.
  2. Investigate the quick fixes first. You don’t need to pull the entire dishwasher out if it’s the detergent that’s causing the leak.
  3. Photograph your progress. This might assist you to reverse the process, describe the part you need in a shop, as well as explain the issue to a repair person if needed.
  4. Be careful. Water and electricity do not mix so turn off the power first.
  5. If you’re struggling get in the professionals.

The Next Steps You Should Take If Your Trouble Shooting Fails to Identify or Fix the Leak

If the cause of the problem can’t be discovered the next step you might take is to pull out the machine to get better access beneath it and fill it with water to see whether the leakage presents itself.

If you are still in the dark your machine might only show a leakage when during a cycle. In this instance, your best bet would be to employ a appliance repair person to determine and also resolve the issue as there are safety risks of checking for faults with electrical parts uncovered.

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