Why Does my Dishwasher Leak?
Did you overfill the dishwasher with dishes? We can’t blame you. The fewer loads the better. Overfilling your dishwasher may sound like a good idea, but this can cause problems or loosen certain parts in your dishwasher causing a mess. Let’s explore common causes for dishwasher leaks, it might be an easy do-it-yourself fix!
Causes of Dishwasher Leaks
Incorrect detergent. Using the incorrect detergent can lead to a bubbly mess and be foamy cleanup. Regular dish soap can cause excessive amounts of foam and lead to a leak. if you’re rinsing your dishes with soap before running them through the dishwasher, the soap residue can bubble up and put pressure against the door seal, causing it to leak at some point. Use detergent specifically for dishwashers and avoid using regular dish soap when rinsing dishes to avoid this issue.
Faulty door latch. Your door latch is the line of defense between soapy dishes and your floor. If your line of defense is loose, bent, or not latching properly, water can easily seep out. Your door latch may need a little tightening and can be easily fixed with a screwdriver to protect the closure. A new latch system can be installed as well. If your dishwasher is still leaking water, your gasket may be defective, this can be replaced with a new one.
Dishwasher Water Over-Fill. Your system may be retaining more water than it should and not draining properly. This will coerce water out of your dishwasher and onto your floor. You may be experiencing issues with defective inlet valves. These valves allow water to flow into the dishwasher at various times throughout the wash cycle. If the valve is defective, it may be time to replace it with a new one.
Tub Trouble. If your dishwasher has seen its fair share of loads, a leakage can develop from a hole on in the worn-out tub. Detergents and minerals can wear away the bottom of your tub, causing water to seep through and collect under your dishwasher. It’s possible to repair some tubs, however, depending on the age of your dishwasher and the extent of the problem, it may be time to replace your dishwasher completely.
Home appliance issues can be a pain the neck and dishwasher leaks are most likely not on your fun list for the weekend. Contact your local Aloha Plumbing, Sewers, & Drains if patience or time is not on your side. Our expert plumbing professionals will come to the rescue for your dishwasher problems and plumbing needs!