Why is My Dishwasher Leaking?

Coming downstairs only to find a large puddle on the floor is no-one’s favorite manner to start the day.

Thankfully, most common explanations of dishwasher faults are comparably simple to determine and resolve yourself. This means you may not need to hand wash the dishes that much, wait for the repair man or have to pay the call-out fee.

So, get out the instruction manual if you have it, clean up the puddle and get something soak up any further spills and so find out whether you can find a DIY solution. If you cannot call us for local dishwasher repair.

Everyday Explanations of Dishwasher Leaks as well as How to Resolve Them

A lot of the more everyday causes of dishwasher faults are not actually due to a dishwasher fault . Prior to starting getting the tools out as well as looking at numerous youtube videos there are a number of things you can troubleshoot first.

  1. Test to see if your dishwasher is level. If your dishwasher is wonky water can easily puddle as well as spill out regardless of whether or not the dishwasher has a fault.
  2. Check you have been using the correct soap. You could be aware of this issue with your washer. Too much detergent or the incorrect type can lead to too many suds, the suds overflow resulting in a leak.
  3. Investigate your dishwasher door closes properly. If there’s a gap you may have an object obstructing it, or you may have to adjust the door fixings.
  4. Test the filter located in the base of the machine for any visible drainage issues because if your dishwasher isn’t emptying effectively this is likely to cause it to overfill and so spill.

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

The easiest place to start is the door as well as investigate for any obvious problems within of the machine prior to moving on to the underneath. If you can find and so mend 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 no doubt the most simple area for leakage and also one of the simplest problems to solve.

If the leak is periodic the issue could be as easy as a big pan or something else pushing against the door and stopping the door from shutting properly.

Otherwise the door seal may have come loose or got split.

Examine the door seal and also check for any degradation, a build-up of limescale or other gunk, or any areas in which the seal might have come away from the door.

Extracting the gasket and allowing it a thorough wash might help in some cases or you could be required to purchase a new gasket and replace it.

Water Inlet Valve (Solenoid Fill Valve)

The fill valve can also be a commonly seen fault. The inlet is in most cases found underneath the machine which means you will need to take off the toe board and also could have to take off the door cover.

The fill valve opens and also closes to allow water into the machine at different times during the cycle. The inlet valve might be damaged, demonstrated by a slight drip, or it may be broken thus not functioning fully during the cycle.

In the case that the fill valve fails to shut correctly this can lead to the dishwasher overfilling and cause a leakage.

Often inlet valve cannot be fixed unless it is only the rubber gasket that is broken, which means the entire part would need to be replaced.

Leaking Hoses

Your dishwasher uses hoses to supply, empty and recirculate water during the programme.

Two issues might present themselves with hoses.

  1. The seals may go or the connections might come loose so it’s worth having a look at all the connection points first.
  2. The other problem than can easily develop as time goes by is that hoses might be degraded or cracked.

Luckily broken hoses are easy to buy as well as change.

Pumps and Gaskets

You can visually test the rubber gaskets surrounding the water pumps or motor to determine if there is a leak and also change them if there is.

The Float Switch

The float itself or the float switch could be damaged resulting in the dishwasher overfilling.

When operating correctly the float will go up as the water level goes up until the optimum or maximum water level is attained. The tag of the float will then activate the switch. A blockage or breakage could be causing your issues.

Testing the switch would need electrical equipment but it could be noticeably broken in which case getting a new one should stop the leak.

Other Components that May Result in Leakage

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

Broken or faulty tubes could likewise cause this problem as might a loose pump cap if your machine has one.

The motor shaft gasket could have degraded causing a leak. This will generally show as a puddle coming from the underside of the machine.

Top Tips to Mend Your Machine

  1. Spend less by changing the gasket instead of the whole component. In many cases, you can buy the seal without the rest of the part which saves you having to change the entire component.
  2. Test the simple fixes before you get more complicated. There’s no point pulling the whole machine out if it’s the detergent that’s making the problem.
  3. Take pictures at each step. This might assist you to reverse the process, explain the part you need to a sales person, and also explain the problem to an engineer if required.
  4. Be careful. Water and electricity are not good friends so turn off the power first.
  5. If you’re not sure get in a repair person.

What To Do Next If Your Initial Investigation Fails to Identify or Fix the Leak

If the root of the leak can’t be discovered the thing you can do is to pull out the dishwasher to get a clearer view of the beneath it and also add water to the tub to find out if the leak presents itself.

If you are still in the dark your appliance may only leak when it’s running. If this is the case, you may wish to find a dishwasher repair person to diagnose and also fix the fault due to the safety risks of checking for faults with electrical components exposed.

More Dishwasher Problems:

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