If your dishwasher is leaking, it’s understandable why you would be stressed. A dishwasher leak can be a major issue. If you can see water dripping, chances are, there is even more water where you can’t see it. This can indicate a much deeper issue than the need to mop; it might mean that you will have to worry about a mold or mildew problem. This can be incredibly detrimental to your health and the health of your family. Therefore, it is crucial to promptly diagnose and address dishwasher leaks.
This isn’t to scare you but to enlighten you on the importance of taking a dishwasher leak seriously. If you require professional intervention, Complete Appliance Service is more than happy to help you. We can promptly come to your home, diagnose the issue, and fix it for you. However, we understand that you may want to diagnose the dishwasher’s issue yourself to see if there is a quick fix to save you the trouble. In this blog, we will walk you through the steps you can take to determine why your dishwasher is leaking.
Step One: Check the Gaskets
Dishwashers, like many of the appliances in your home, come with a rubber gasket around the inside edge of the door to act as a buffer to keep the water and soap inside. Over time, the gasket may become torn or cracked, allowing your dishwasher to leak. To determine whether or not this is the source of your leak, visually inspect it first. You may be able to easily find the tear. However, sometimes it will be more subtle. If you don’t find any visible issues, take a piece of paper and insert it along the side of the door. Open the door and move the paper up a bit; continue to do this process all along both sides of the dishwasher. If you can easily slip the piece of paper out, you have a leak, as a functioning gasket should make it quite difficult to pull it out. If your gasket is the source of the leak, you will simply need to replace it.
Step Two: Check the Hoses
It’s also possible that the hoses attached to your dishwasher are the source of the leak. Shut off the power to your dishwasher at the breaker box in order to safely inspect the hoses. You can access them from the kick panel below the dishwasher door, which is usually held in place by two screws, one below the panel and one above.
There are two dishwasher hoses: a fill hose and a drain hose, both 1.5 inches in diameter. Run your hand over the exterior of both hoses to feel for wetness. Make sure to check the connection points as well as the floor underneath them. If you find a leak at a connection point, it might be the clamp has gotten loose and you can address the leak simply by tightening it. Alternatively, if there appears to be a hole in one of the hoses, they might need to be replaced.
Step Three: Check the Water Inlet Valve
You can also check the water inlet valve from the kick panel, which is what the hoses are attached to. Because wires are attached to this valve, if you determine the leak is coming from there, it’s imperative to promptly replace the valve. Due to how dangerous this repair is, call us rather than trying to DIY it.
Step Four: Check the Water Level
Dishwasher leaks can also be caused by the tub getting too full. To determine whether or not this is the problem, turn on your dishwasher and allow it to fill. When you hear the water shut off, open the door. The water should be just below the edge of the dishwasher floor. If it is higher than that, there may be a clog that is preventing draining.
These are only a few potential sources of a dishwasher leak. If you go through these steps and still can’t find the source of the leak, it’s time to contact Complete Appliance Service for help. We can come in and diagnose the issue and provide the proper solution so you can get back to your daily life without concern.