Why your dishwasher is leaking

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Why your dishwasher is leaking

Why your dishwasher is leaking

Is your dishwasher leaking? Stay calm – this is actually a fairly common occurrence although you can rest assured that there is something that’s malfunctioning with your dishwasher. That being said, there’s no need to automatically assume that you’ll need to purchase a new one as many issues pertaining to leaky dishwashers are fairly routine. 

If your dishwasher is leaking, the first thing you’re going to want to do is ascertain where the leak is coming from and act accordingly. Here are some of the common causes of dishwasher leaks and what you can expect and do about them. 

Let’s jump right in!

The dishwasher door is leaking

Dishwasher doors leak for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes are usually due to bent sealant, a loose door latch or a simple gap between the door and the basin caused by a worn gasket. Either way – this is a pretty simple, inexpensive fix – whether you decide to do it yourself or have a professional come and perform the work, themselves. Fear not, this will be an easy fix. 

Leaking tubs

While leaky doors usually aren’t that big of a deal, leaky tubs are a little bit of a different story. Over time, detergents and minerals can corrode the bottom of your dishwasher tub and cause leaks to collect under the dishwasher. This can cause foul odors, excess water use, poor cleaning and even mold. Some tubs are fixable, but it’s really going to depend on the age and the wear and tear that’s been put on your dishwasher. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may, in fact – have to replace your dishwasher. 

Valves and hoses

Dishwashers aren’t overly complex appliances, but like anything else the various components inside them can wear out and fail – and some of the most commonly replaced parts are valves and hoses. While detergent and minerals do cause physical wear and tear with these components, there’s also areas for issues with places where these components connect to one another and the like. The failure of these components is going to cost you, just like any repair would – but you can also replace many of these pieces yourself as a simple trip to the hardware store can provide you with many of the things you’ll need. 

The wrong detergent

The most common cause of a leaky dishwasher is people using the wrong detergent. Yep, that’s it. They just used soap they weren’t supposed to. Dishwashers need specific kinds of liquid soap – and dish soap that you’d use in your sink isn’t one of them. In fact, they start producing lots of suds and you’ll see mountains of bubbles coming up and out of your dishwasher. This scene is more funny and messy than it is serious; but it’s a situation you certainly want to avoid. Make sure that whatever dish detergent you use – is appropriate for your appliance. 

Overfilled dishwasher

Common cause #2 for a leaky dishwasher? It’s because you put too much into it! When a dishwasher is overloaded, it frequently takes on more water than it should – and it causes issues with drainage. This causes water to spill out onto your floor. 

Always be careful about not putting too much stress on your dishwasher. It can result in placing undue stress on your float valve, causing it to seal improperly. Make sure that before you use your dishwasher that you read your owner’s manual to know exactly how much workload your dishwasher can take on. 

Leaky dishwashers can be unsettling – and sometimes they can be serious issues. Thankfully, the likelihood of that is relatively low and just because there’s a leak, doesn’t mean you’ll be spending lots of money on a new dishwasher in a week. Simply be aware of what’s going on with your appliance and if you see issues and can’t identify the cause, then give us a call. Good luck!

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