How to Fix a Leaky Dishwasher
Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready to put your dishes in the dishwasher after a nice meal only to find a puddle at the base of your dishwasher. You could call a repairman, but the cost of labor and parts would be more expensive than buying a new unit altogether. So doing a little dishwasher repair yourself can save you a lot money.
Unscrew the Panel
To begin you need to gather all your tools. After you have your tools gathered then the first step in deconstructing the washer in order to get to the leak is priority one. The panel is probably screwed on. If it is then simply unscrewed it, but a small hook could also hold it on. So try lifting the panel first to see if it is hooked on.
Check if the Drain Hose is Loose
After the panel is off then a series of troubleshooting will help you figure out how to fix the leak. The easiest and most common problem is a loose drain hose. If the drain hose is loose, then simply take your screwdriver and tighten it up. You might have to adjust hose first, then tighten it. The drain hose can be either attached to the dishwasher or the kitchen sink drain.
Check the inlet Valve
If that does not correct the problem, then move on to the next troubleshooting fix. The valve that allows water into the dishwasher is also a common leak site. Check this valve just like you did with the drain hose. If there are no leaks, then there might be another issue with the valve. If it is leaking at the attachment site, then try replacing the clamp. A spring clamp can actually produce better results than whatever factory installed standard clamp was initially there.
Balance your Dishwasher
Another simple fix might take some finagling, but it is a simple issue that can be resolved. Sometimes water leaks from the dishwasher being unbalanced. There are adjustable feet underneath the dishwasher. After you have the front access panel off, it is simple to get underneath the unit and adjust the feet so that the washer is level.
Check the Door Gasket
Another common problem of a leaking dishwasher can be the door itself. Typically the part that keeps the water in the dishwasher is the rubber gasket that frames the door. Rubber can dry out, crack, and break. This makes the leaking inevitable. Replacing the gasket is simple. It helps to soak the new gasket in the warm water for a little while before you install it. All you have to do is pull the old gasket out. Make sure you clean out the groove first, and dry it very well before putting in the new gasket or contact the appliance repair gurus. Then all you have to do is press the new gasket in place.
All of these troubleshooting tips could help save you money by not having a repairman come into your home for what you can do yourself. However, if the leak still persists it might benefit you to have the professional come in and take a look. This way you don’t cause more unnecessary damage in an effort to fix a problem that is beyond your skill level.