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Dishwasher leaking water

Common reasons your dishwasher leaking water

The most common reasons your dishwasher is leaking water are a faulty pump and motor assembly, worn door seal or a clogged water valve.

  • 68%

    68% of the time it's the
    Pump and Motor Assembly

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Door Seal

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 9%

    9% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dishwasher repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dishwasher parts may fix your problem.

    Pump and Motor Assembly Replacement

    If your dishwasher is leaking water, it might have a problem with the pump and motor assembly. A damaged water seal or a crack in the pump housing could be causing water to leak out from the bottom of the dishwasher. It's important to act swiftly when you notice a leak to avoid damaging your kitchen floor and counters. Arrange for a Sears Home Services Repair Technician to come to your home and inspect your dishwasher. If the pump and motor assembly is identified as the source of the leak, the technician will replace it.

    Door Seal Replacement

    If you notice your dishwasher leaking water, you might suspect that a worn or damaged door seal is to blame. The rubber gasket around the tub opening is supposed to prevent water from leaking out when the door is closed. However, if the seal is worn or damaged, water can seep through the edges of the door. If you detect a leak in your dishwasher, arrange for a Sears Home Services Technician to visit your home and replace the door seal if it's found to be leaking.

    Water Valve Replacement

    If the fill valve in your dishwasher gets clogged with debris or deposits, it might not close properly. This can lead to the dishwasher overfilling and leaking water. You might even notice the dishwasher filling with water between cycles, even when it's turned off completely, if debris or deposits stop the water valve from closing all the way. To fix this issue, turn off the water supply to the dishwasher and arrange for a Sears Home Services Repair Expert to repair it if the dishwasher continues to leak water due to a clogged water valve not shutting off properly.

    What to expect when you experience a dishwasher leaking water issue

    How to fix the leaking water problem

    Addressing most issues with leaking water typically requires replacing the pump and motor assembly, door seal, or water valve. However, since there are various potential causes, conducting a thorough diagnosis is crucial to resolving the problem. Getting an accurate diagnosis is important for understanding the cost of the repair.

    Sears Home Services offers these recommendations for a dishwasher that is leaking water

    If your dishwasher is leaking water, there could be several reasons why. To prevent replacing parts that might not be necessary, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional conduct diagnostic tests to find the main cause of the problem. Our technicians have experience diagnosing all kinds of dishwasher issues.

    What to watch out for with a dishwasher leaking water diagnosis

    Figuring out problems with modern appliances can be hard if you don't have the right knowledge and training. If you don't use the right techniques to diagnose problems, fixing your dishwasher might just be guessing and changing parts randomly. Appliances, especially those made in the last 10 years, have become really advanced, and lots of them have electronic parts that are tough to check. Doing repairs yourself on the newest appliance models is getting harder and harder.

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    James called to give an estimated arrival time. He was professional and personable. He had 2 professional ideas of the problem and found 1 was correct, but he didn't stop there. He did a thorough check of the appliance. 1 small part was needed. He ordered the part to my house. Fortunately, he was able to schedule for the next week, just before Thanksgiving. As before, he called ahead, arrived and quickly fixed the problem. My appliance is working perfectly.

    Kirsten A, Oxford, PA

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    Luke was great. Polite and knowledgeable even though the dishwasher was older than he!

    James G, Hillsboro, MO


    Daniel went above and beyond to fix my dish washer. Very pleasant to deal with.

    Paul F, Hghlnds Ranch, CO

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