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"My Dishwasher is Leaking!" 6 Common Reasons You Have a Leaking Dishwasher

A leaky dishwasher can be a frustrating and potentially damaging issue. There are several common reasons why a dishwasher may leak. Here are six top reasons:

  1. Damaged Door Gasket: The door gasket is a rubber or vinyl seal that runs along the edge of the dishwasher door. If it's cracked, worn out, or improperly seated, water can escape through the gap, causing leaks.

  2. Loose or Faulty Hose Connections: Dishwashers have several hoses that connect to them, including the water inlet hose, drain hose, and circulation pump hoses. If any of these connections are loose or damaged, they can result in leaks.

  3. Overfilling or Incorrect Detergent: Using too much detergent or the wrong type of detergent can cause excessive sudsing, leading to leaks. Additionally, overloading the dishwasher can cause water to spill over the door's edge during the wash cycle.

  4. Clogged Drainage System: A clogged filter, drain hose, or drain pump can prevent proper water drainage. When water can't exit the dishwasher as intended, it may find alternative paths, resulting in leaks.

  5. Cracked or Damaged Tub: Over time, the interior tub of the dishwasher can develop cracks or other damage, allowing water to seep through. Inspect the tub for any visible defects.

  6. Faulty Valves or Water Inlet: If the dishwasher's water inlet valve is malfunctioning, it may not shut off properly, leading to overfilling and leaks. Check the valve for defects or debris that might be preventing it from functioning correctly.

It's essential to address dishwasher leaks promptly to prevent water damage to your kitchen and home. If you're not comfortable diagnosing and fixing the issue yourself, it's best to consult a professional appliance repair technician who can identify the specific problem and make the necessary repairs. That is what we at Emerald Coast Appliance Repair are here for!

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