Fixing A Leaky Dishwasher

There’s nothing like a leaky dishwasher to throw your whole day off. It can be such an inconvenience if you don’t know how to fix it properly. Fortunately, dishwasher leaks aren’t too tough to handle. Even someone with little experience can learn how to do it. To help you gain some knowledge on the topic, we’ve put together some common causes and solutions for leaky dishwashers. However, it is important to note that there are some leaks which will require the assistance of a professional. Read the list of causes and solutions provided below; if you see your type of leak in the examples below, you can probably fix it yourself. If you do NOT see your type of leak, your situation is more sever and you will need to call a professional.

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 12.41.01 PM

Drops of Water Are Accumulating on Your Floor

Sometimes, you may notice that drops of water appear on the floor after your dishwasher’s cleaning cycle has finished. Keep in mind that it is natural for water to accumulate on the door, then eventually fall off onto the floor. If you are trying to avoid water dripping onto your floor, then leave your dishwasher closed until you think all of the water has evaporated. You can also simply wipe the water off the door and your floor with a towel.

There is Water on the Floor Underneath Your Dishwasher

If you are noticing water on the floor underneath your dishwasher, then the problem could be coming from the hose. Your hose connection can gradually become looser over time, or it can become cracked or damaged. The solution to this is very simple. You want to get clamps for each end of the hose to keep the connection tight.

Another possible cause is your water inlet valve is allowing excess water to leak out. You valve determines the amount of water coming into your dishwasher. If the valve isn’t working properly, it could be stuck open and allowing too much water inside. This causes flooding, and this is never good news. In this case, you will have to get new solenoids, which are responsible for controlling the water supply through the inlet valve by opening and closing it as necessary.

Water is Leaking Around Your Dishwasher Door

The first thing you want to check is if your door latch is closing correctly. If it is not because it is bent or damaged, it could not be sealing properly. This allows water to escape. You can purchase a new latch system and install it yourself, or you can bring in a professional to install it for you.

If your door seal is starting to crack or is separating from the dishwasher, then you will need a new seal. Just go to your local home improvement store and they will have those for you. If your dishwasher is filling up too high with water, then you will want to inspect the water float for clogs or damage. The water float is the plastic tube which sits at the bottom of the dishwasher.

Everything Works, But the Dishwasher is Still Leaking

If this is the case, you’ll want to ask yourself if you’ve been using dish soap before putting your dishes in the dishwasher. The residue from the soap can bubble up in the hot spray of the water on the inside during washing cycles. The thick suds from this can cause the spraying arm to become stuck and could cause it to spray directly at the door seal. The seal will eventually give way, causing the leaking onto your floor. To solve this, simply stop using dish soap on your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.

Fixing a leaky dishwasher can be a relatively simple chore if you know what you are doing. Keep these tips in mind and you should be able to avoid any unnecessary costs or expenses.