Are you stepping in puddles every time you run your dishwasher? Dishwasher leaking is a common problem attributed to a few different causes, you should examine in order to identify the exact root of the problem.
- The Door Gasket, located around the dishwasher door creating a watertight seal, is made of a soft rubber/vinyl. This soft rubber/vinyl can break, dry out or loosen, causing you to become susceptible to leaking. For leaks coming from the front of the dishwasher, the door gasket is most likely the perpetrator.
- The Pump, if defected may lead to leaking under the access panel at the bottom of the dishwasher. The pump is responsible for both circulating and draining the dishwasher. If your dishwasher is not draining, therefore causing leaks, then it may be your pump that is defected.
- The Water Inlet Valve is located behind the lower kick plate and transports the water into the dishwasher. Be sure to check the hosing and the valve for holes and kinks in the line. Also, take a look at the connection of the valve to see that it is fastened securely. To get the best idea of what is going on with these connections; check them as the dishwasher is filling.
- The Spray Arms rotate and spin at the same time during cycles to clean the dishes. Spray arms that are made of plastic can break, upsetting the spray pattern and leading to leakage. Metal spray arms can also become deformed at the seams again disrupting the spray pattern. It is important that you check the holes in the spray arms and clean them out if they are clogged.
- The Float Switch is a safety feature that prevents the dishwasher from overflowing. You can find the float switch inside the tub at the bottom of the unit. The float operates by lifting up once the water fills to a certain point so that the inlet valve will stop supplying water. If your float switch is broken, then your inlet valve will not know when to stop supplying water, which can result in major leaking.
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