Why is My Dishwasher Leaking?

Getting up in the morning only to find an ominous puddle coming from the dishwasher is no-one’s chosen manner to start the day.

Luckily, most commonplace explanations of dishwasher faults are comparably easy to diagnose and fix on your own. This means you might not have to wash the dishes by hand for too long, call an engineer or need to pay the call-out charge.

So, get out the operating manual if you can, get a towel to clean up the leak and so get something clean up any further leaks and so find out if you can’t diagnose the problem. If you can’t call us for local dishwasher repair.

Common Explanations of Dishwasher Leaks as well as How to Fix Them

Some of the most commonplace sources of dishwasher leaks are not in fact a result of a broken dishwasher at all. Prior to starting preparing yourself for an engineering task and also looking at endless youtube tutorials there are a number of issues you might want to troubleshoot first.

  1. Investigate to see if your dishwasher is aligned. If your dishwasher is wonky water can quickly puddle and spill out even if the dishwasher is working perfectly.
  2. Test you are using the correct detergent. You could have seen this with your washing machine. Too much detergent or the incorrect variety can result in an excess of bubbles, the suds deluge and so you get a spill.
  3. Test your dishwasher door fully closes. If it doesn’t you might have something blocking it such as a large plate, or you might need to replace the hinge or the locking mechanism.
  4. Check the filter in the base of the tub for any obvious drainage issues as if your dishwasher isn’t draining effectively this is likely to cause it to fill too much and so leak.

If none of the above issues apply it’s time to roll up your sleeves and begin a thorough check.

To make your life easier start with the door and test for any obvious issues in the interior of the machine prior to moving on to the underside. If you can find as well as fix the leak before you have to pull out the dishwasher you’ll save yourself a lot of hassle.

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 seemingly the most everyday place for leakage and one of the easiest issues to solve.

If the leak is occasional the problem could be as straightforward as a large plate or another object pushing into the door and preventing it from shutting fully.

Otherwise the door seal may have come out of place or become cracked.

Examine the door gasket and investigate for any cracks, mineral deposits or other debris, or any parts in which the seal might have separated from the door.

Removing the gasket and also giving it a thorough wash might improve the situation in some instances or you might need to purchase a new seal and replace it.

Water Inlet Valve (Solenoid Fill Valve)

The fill valve can also be a everyday problem. The inlet is in most cases located on the underbelly of the machine so you will have to unscrew the kick plate and also might have to take off the door cover.

The inlet valve opens and also closes to let water into the dishwasher at various times in the cycle. The water inlet valve might be showing a leak, shown with a slow drip, or it could be damaged and so not functioning fully while the dishwasher is running.

If the water inlet valve fails to close correctly this can result in the dishwasher overfilling and cause a leakage.

Usually these valves can’t be fixed unless it is only the rubber seal that is broken, thus the whole component would have to be replaced.

Leaking Hoses

Your dishwasher uses hoses to supply, drain and also redistribute water within the cycle.

Two issues may present themselves with hoses.

  1. The gaskets may go or the contact points may work loose meaning it’s a good idea to have a look at all the connection points first.
  2. The other fault than can often develop over time is that hoses might be degraded or get a hole in.

Luckily damaged hoses are easy to get hold of and also replace.

Pumps and Seals

You can visually test the rubber gaskets that are part of the pumps or motor to ascertain if there is a leak and also replace them if that’s the case.

The Float Switch

Either the float or the float switch may be faulty causing the dishwasher to overfill.

A working float will lift up as the water level goes up until the optimum or highest water level is attained. The tail of the float will then operate the switch. A blockage or breakage could be causing your problem.

Checking the switch will require electrical equipment but it could be obviously broken in which case getting a new one should fix the issue.

Other Components that Could Result in Leakage

A cracked wash arm or support can puch water under the door causing leakage. This can also often affect how well your dishes are being cleaned.

Broken or cracked lines can likewise result in this fault as can a loose pump cover if your dishwasher has one.

The motor shaft gasket might have come loose causing leakage. This generally presents as a leak coming from the underside of the machine.

Top Tips to Sort Out Your Machine

  1. Spend less by changing the seal in place of the entire part. In most instances, you are able to acquire the seal without the rest of the part which saves you having to replace the entire component.
  2. Investigate the simple resolutions before you get more complicated. You don’t need to pull the whole thing out if the problem is the soap.
  3. Photograph your progress. This may help you put the machine back together, explain the part you need in a store, and explain the problem to an engineer if required.
  4. Stay safe. Water and electricity are not good friends so turn off the power first.
  5. If you’re struggling call a professional.

What To Do Next If Your Trouble Shooting Fails to Identify or Resolve the Leak

If the root of the leakage remains a mystery the next step you may take is to pull the machine away from the wall to get a clearer view of the beneath it and also fill it with water to find out if the leak presents itself.

If this gives no further clues your dishwasher may only leak if the pump is running. In this instance, you should employ a dishwasher repair person to diagnose as well as mend the fault as there are safety risks of checking for faults with electrical elements exposed.

More Dishwasher Problems:

  • Dishwasher Being Loud
  • Dishwasher Not Turning On
  • Dishwasher Not Draining
  • Dishwasher Not Drying