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Dishwasher leaks water

Common reasons your dishwasher leaks water

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

  • 62%

    62% of the time it's the
    Pump and Motor Assembly

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Water Valve

  • 10%

    10% of the time it's the
    Door Seal

  • 16%

    16% 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

    When your dishwasher is leaking water, it might be due to a malfunctioning pump and motor assembly. A damaged water seal or crack in the pump housing could be allowing water to escape from the bottom of the dishwasher. It's important to take prompt action when you notice a leak to prevent any damage to your kitchen flooring 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 are identified as the cause of the leak, the technician will replace them accordingly.

    Water Valve Replacement

    If the fill valve in your dishwasher gets clogged with debris or deposits, it might not close properly. This can cause the dishwasher to overfill and leak water. You might notice the dishwasher filling with water even when it's turned off completely if debris or deposits block the water valve from closing properly. To fix this, turn off the water supply to the dishwasher and get a Sears Home Services Repair Expert to repair it if the dishwasher continues to leak water due to the clogged water valve not shutting off properly.

    Door Seal Replacement

    If you notice your dishwasher leaking water, it's likely that a worn or damaged door seal is the cause. The rubber gasket around the tub opening is supposed to prevent water from leaking out when the door is closed. However, if this seal is worn or damaged, water can leak through the edges of the door. If you discover a leak, it's best to have a Sears Home Services Technician come to your home and replace the door seal if it's the source of the problem.

    What to expect when you experience a dishwasher leaks water issue

    How to fix a dishwasher that leaks water

    Addressing most water leakage issues typically requires replacing the pump and motor assembly, water valve, or door seal. However, since there could be various reasons for the leak, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the problem. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is vital for determining the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services advice for fixing a dishwasher that leaks water

    If your dishwasher is leaking water, there could be several reasons why. To avoid changing parts that may not need replacing, we suggest having a Sears Home Services professional run diagnostic tests to pinpoint the main cause of the issue. Our technicians are skilled at identifying all sorts of problems with dishwashers.

    What to look out for when your dishwasher leaks water

    Identifying issues with modern appliances can be tough without the right expertise. If you don't employ proper diagnostic methods, you might end up replacing parts without solving the actual problem. Appliances, particularly those made in the last decade, have advanced significantly, often containing intricate electronic components that are hard to assess. As a result, fixing them yourself is becoming more challenging.

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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!

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

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