Dishwashers make life much easier, unless they aren’t working properly. There are a few things that can cause a dishwasher to leave puddles of water on the floor while it’s running. Here are five common causes of a leaking dishwasher:
- Leaky Door
There are two things that could be causing the dishwasher door to leak. The first one is a loose or faulty latch. Tighten the latch or replace it to fix the issue. The second is a damaged gasket in the door. A new gasket can be installed without too much difficulty. You will need to start by removing the old seal from the channel, cleaning the channel surface and then installing the new door seal. You will want to take note of which side of the seal faces out when removing the old seal and positioning the new one accordingly.
- Tub Issues
Over time, detergents and minerals can corrode the tub, creating a hole. The water then leaks through and puddles under the dishwasher. If the hole is small, it can sometimes be fixed, but often the entire dishwasher will need to be replaced.
- Improper Alignment
To work properly, the dishwasher needs to be level. If it isn’t, it is very easy for water to collect underneath. Use a level to determine if the dishwasher needs to be adjusted.
The dishwasher could be taking in too much water and not drain correctly. This causes the water to be pushed out of the appliance and onto the floor. The float valve might not be sealing or there’s an issue with the drain.
With extended use, connections can come loose for example, the drain hoses. Loose connections can lead to leaking. Simply reconnecting and tightening the valves should take care of the problem.
A leaking dishwasher can cause water damage to the flooring and cabinets around it. It is best to fix the cause of the leak as soon as possible to minimize the possible water damage. For help determining the cause of the leak, installing a new dishwasher, or fixing water damage, contact the team at All Star Plumbing and Restoration.