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how to diagnose a leaky dishwasher

How To Diagnose A Leaky Dishwasher

A leaky dishwasher can be a big inconvenience. Not only do your dishes fail to be cleaned properly, but you may have to deal with dampness or kitchen flooding. Obviously, you would call a plumber to deal with this, but you might also want to do some initial investigation into what’s causing your dishwasher to leak. Here we look at some of the most common causes of a leaking dishwasher and what’s required to repair it!

diagnosing the leak in your dishwasherIdentify The Leak

As a preliminary step, it can be useful to analyze different aspects of the leak. Understanding where the leak is coming from, the volume of water leaking or which point in the wash cycle the dishwasher is leaking can help provide you and your plumber more information to diagnose the leak.

Check the Seals and Door Gaskets

One of the first places to check when diagnosing dishwasher leaks should be the seals and gaskets of the dishwasher. Dishwashers have a rubber gasket inside the door to prevent water leaking from the dishwasher during the cycle. There may also be seals on the taps or hoses attached to the dishwasher which should be checked to ascertain water-tightness. You can inspect the gaskets and seals for yourself by searching for any visible tears or damage. However, a qualified plumber will be better able to identify even the small tears and gaps that may not be visible to the untrained eye.

Check For Overfilling

A dishwasher that fills with too much water can overload the capabilities of the dishwasher and cause a leak. To check whether your dishwasher is overfilling, start the dishwasher cycle and allow it to fill with water. Open the door and pause the cycle once the dishwasher has filled. The water level should be just at the edge of the door.

Inspect the Hosesinspecting your dishwasher's hoses

Hoses bring the water supply to the dishwasher and remove waste water once the cycle has finished. A loose connection or damage to the hose can cause a leak. The clamp connecting the hose may be loose and simply need tightening. If the hoses are damaged, cracked, or worn out, immediate replacement will be necessary.

Check the Water Inlet Valve

The hoses are attached to the water inlet valve, and you may notice that this valve is the source of the leak. If your water inlet valve is leaking, it’s essential to call a licensed plumber as soon as possible. Water inlet valves are attached to the electrical supply for the dishwasher as well, so it’s important not to try to fix these alone, as the combination of water and electricity can be dangerous!

Inspect the Pump

Your dishwasher may also be leaking because the pump designed to remove water from the dishwasher after the cycle has failed. It can be difficult to diagnose pump issues alone, so if you expect your pump is to blame, it’s probably best to call a plumber for help.

Don’t let a leaky dishwasher flood your kitchen or leave you hand washing dishes every night. Diagnose your dishwasher leaks and take appropriate action to get your dishwasher up and running again!