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4 Reasons Why Your Dishwasher Might Be Leaking

3/18/2023 (Permalink)

cracked grout A dishwasher leak can leave behind secondary damages after a water loss.

If you've noticed water leaking out around your dishwasher, it could be caused by any number of issues. In this article, we'll outline some of the most common reasons your dishwasher might be leaking and how to fix them.

Malfunctioning water supply line

If you're seeing a leak coming from the bottom of your dishwasher, it's likely that the problem lies with your water supply line. A malfunctioning supply line can cause leaks for many reasons:

  • It may be damaged or cracked, allowing water to seep through and leak onto your floor
  • The supply line could be clogged with mineral buildup over time

If the supply line is damaged, you will need to replace it as soon as possible in order to prevent further leakage and water damage.

Leaking drain line

You might have a leaking drain line. This is the line that drains the water from your dishwasher and carries it away. If this line is damaged or clogged, it may leak into your kitchen floor.

If you suspect that your drain line is leaking, turn off power to all appliances in your home (including dishwashers), then check for leaks at both ends of this hose: one end connects to an elbow fitting on top of your machine; another end connects with a drain pipe under the sink.

A damaged latch or gasket

If your dishwasher is leaking, it's important to determine if the damage is coming from the latch or gasket. The latch is the door that opens and closes your dishwasher, while a gasket seals water from leaking out of your machine. If it was dropped or hit with something, or if the appliance is older, this could cause damage to either component.

If you notice any signs of leakage around where these two parts meet--such as wet spots on floors or walls near where they connect--you should check them immediately.

The dishwasher is unleveled

If your dishwasher is not level, water may leak from the door. This can be caused by uneven floors or a crooked installation. If your dishwasher is unleveled, it may also cause water to leak from the bottom of the dishwasher.

To check if your dishwasher is unleveled, place a straight edge on top of one side of your washer (a level works well). If it doesn't sit straight across all four corners of both sides, then there's a good chance that something isn't right with your appliance's installation or leveling system!

All in all, if your dishwasher is leaking it's most likely due to one of these reasons. It is important to fix these issues as quickly as possible in order to prevent further damage to your dishwasher, as well as water and mold damage to the surrounding floors and walls. If you're experiencing any of these issues, then it's time to get out there and fix them!

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