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Whirlpool dishwasher leaking water

Common reasons your Whirlpool dishwasher is leaking water

The most common reasons your Whirlpool 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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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Whirlpool dishwasher

    Pump and Motor Assembly Replacement

    When your dishwasher is leaking water, it could have a faulty pump and motor assembly. A bad water seal or crack in the pump housing could be causing water to leak out of the bottom of the dishwasher. As soon as you see a leak, you’ll need to act quickly to prevent damage to kitchen flooring and counters. Schedule a Sears Home Services Repair Technician to visit your home and examine your dishwasher. The technician will replace the pump and motor assembly if it’s the source of the leak.


    Door Seal Replacement

    When you find your dishwasher leaking water, you can suspect that a worn or damaged door seal is causing the problem. The rubber gasket that surrounds the tub opening keeps water from leaking out of the dishwasher when the door is shut. A worn or damaged seal will allow water to leak through the edges of the door. When you discover a dishwasher leak, have a Sears Home Services Technician visit your home and replace the door seal if it’s leaking.

    Water Valve Replacement

    A fill valve clogged with debris or deposits can fail to shut properly, causing the dishwasher to overfill and leak water. You may see the dishwasher fill with water in between cycles even when it’s completely off when debris or deposits prevent the water valve from closing completely. Shut off the water supply to the dishwasher and have a Sears Home Services Repair Expert fix your dishwasher if the dishwasher leaks water and clogged water valve isn’t shutting off water properly.

    What to expect when you experience a Whirlpool dishwasher leaking water issue

    How is the leaking water problem fixed?

    Correcting most leaking water problems usually involves replacing the pump and motor assembly, door seal or water valve. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a dishwasher that is leaking water

    When the dishwasher is leaking water it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of dishwasher failures.

    What to look out for with a dishwasher leaking water diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your dishwasher problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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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.


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    Additional resources to help you fix your Whirlpool dishwasher

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    How To Help Your Dishwasher Run More Efficiently and Troubleshooting Tips

    Is your dishwasher cycle running too long? Watch our video, which explains the average cycle time, water temperature and helpful dishwasher troubleshooting tips.

    Does it feel like your dishwasher takes an eternity just to complete one measly cycle? While there are certain settings that may be the culprit — we’re looking at you, SaniWash — if it’s running for hours and hours, there’s probably a more serious problem at hand.

    Remember to consult your owner’s manual first for information on how to properly care for your specific dishwasher. Thankfully, there are a few things you can try first that may help your dishwasher run more efficiently. Watch our video for the best tips on how to reduce its cycle time — because no one wants to be stuck doing dishes forever.

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    Troubleshooting Common Dishwasher Problems

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