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How fix leaking dishwasher?

How fix leaking dishwasher?

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When does it leak? Immediately, in wash or rinse cycles?

Has it leaked since installation?

Was it moved recently?

When you first turn a dishwasher on, it pumps itself out to remove any water that has dripped off of the dishes just put in. When it washes, it fills up to just below the door then recycles that water (nice thought) and sprays it around before pumping all of it out. Rinse is with fresh water that is used and pumped out.

There should be a 'panel' below the door on the front that can be removed with 2 screws (or so). Remove that panel to see underneath with a flashlight. You can cover the kitchen floor with newspaper to better locate drips.

You can open the dishwasher and pour water in the bottom to see if it leaks. Fill it up until almost the bottom of the door, wait a few minutes.

If it leaks, look underneath for the source. Could be a hose that a rodent has eaten or has cracked from age. Or it could be the 'tub' itself or the pump housing. Note: water can run down a part and then drip. It may not be the part you replace but the seal between that part and another part. Sorry, you just have to look. Sometimes you can tape toilet paper to a part to see if water is running down it. There is not much room under there.

If it does not leak there, close door and just turn unit on. Unit should pump water into disposal and/or sink. Turn unit off and check for leaks.

If it leaks under dishwasher, look for cracked housing around water pump or bad hose.

If it leaks near sink, check hose and connection to disposal/sink.

If no leaks so far. Pull dishwasher out about 2" from cabinets. Run dishwasher. After first full wash cycle, wipe gasket (working from top down) with toilet paper, paper towel or newspaper. Press hard enough to touch ,but not move, gasket. Check for water on paper every few inches. If paper is wet, (I usually mark the spot with masking tape). Turn unit off, open door and inspect gasket from there up (water runs down hill). Gasket will probably need to be replaced although some repairs are possible.

If it leaks when off, problem is probably near where water enters. *this is very bad*. Please consider replacing water hoses and/or dishwasher. I would replace unit, not worth the risk.

Note: If you pull the dishwasher all the way out, the drain hose *must* be put back on the top of the unit or water from sink will get in and it will smell bad, bad, bad and will not drain properly. See your installation instructions for details.

In a pinch, you can take the unit outside (turn off water supply first), connect a garden hose (you may need an adapter) and run it in the yard to look for leaks. You will need an extension cord (16/3 in the US - smaller numbers are better - I use 12/3) that is as short as possible (25 foot or less - no exceptions). Do not use 'temp boost' or allow it to stay in dry cycle for more than a few minutes. You can prop the dishwasher up on wood or cinder blocks and get a good look underneath (be sure it is safe before sticking your head under there - run it once to make sure vibration will not make it fall). Remember the unit is *not* rain proof.

Personally, I would lean toward damaged hose or damaged gasket rubber usually gets eaten, cut or bent.

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Does your washer have any internal screws? And what make/model etc.

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thanks!

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The model is Built-in Model GSD500 (GE) and don't know about internal screws...how can I find out? Thanks!

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You should take a look inside, I'll try to look up some manuals etc. online, people here also might jump in if they understand some good links.

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I have this GE model: GSD5500G03BB

Similar machines, but I think the problems will be from different causes. Mine pours water from somewhere in the middle of the underside, what looks to me to be the neck at the bottom of the tub and then whatever piece fits onto that - pump? motor? Water drips, sprays and shoots around, so it's really hard to see the source. Plus there is much water very quickly, and everything gets wet immediately. It definitely is coming from the middle of the underside, it's hard to see though.

The machine is in the garage, I'll pour water in and/or hook it up to a garden hose soon and check it out again. This was a good article for me. The first person got her problem fixed easily, mine may not be so fast, I hope you'll be on board with me too!

Thank you

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just fixed this problem. found hose came off from ferritt chewing , finally can use sink and dishwasher , thanks

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I’ll add a fix I recently did: A series of models made by Whirlpool under various brand names has a “diverter”. This is an angled plate that distributes pressurized water throughout the cabinet. It is slowly rotated by a motor driven shaft that gets into the tub through a rubber seal. Eventually this seal leaks - not an if but a when. It doesn’t leak all that much, but once started it only gets worse.

Here’s where you gotta “Love” the manufacturer - the seal is NOT available separately !! You have to buy a new tub bottom ~ $80. Worst aspect is Every active component mounts to it - motors, hoses, All of it. It also has a seal ~16” diameter !!

This was my fix: 5/16” diameter heat shrink tubing used for sealing wires. You’ll want a heat gun - a hairdryer won’t do very well. One piece from bottom of shaft to ~3/4” from top, then a second piece from bottom to ~1/4” from top. This makes a step so the tubing won’t get pushed back by the seal. Put a light smear of Vasoline on the tubing and reassemble. If the diverter plate has moved, carefully pop off the main water arm, it snaps on & off. Someone with hands having a 3”+ middle finger can reach down and move the diverter around until the shaft seats (I had to).

If it still leaks, you can add another piece of tubing - it only adds .013” each, Just remember to wipe the shaft and tubing with isopropyl alcohol, then do the heat shrink and reapply Vasoline.

I waited a month before posting this to see how well it worked - dry so far. It’s a tricky fix, but the alternative makes it worth a try.

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