Dishwashers make it easy to wash dishes, cups, and other tableware. A dishwasher is a great way to save time and effort if you are busy or have too many plates. A dishwasher that isn’t working properly or breaks down can cause serious problems, especially if the water is leaking. There are are a handful of reasons your dishwasher may be acting up.

If your dishwasher is leaking, you can read the following to find out the cause.

Defective Gasket

One of the leading causes of a dishwasher leaking is a defective gasket. To create a watertight seal, the gasket is placed around the machine’s doors. The gasket may not seal properly if it becomes damaged, dirty or loose. This could lead to water escaping from your dishwasher door during rinse cycles. Open the appliance door to check for cracks, holes or dirt. You will need to replace the gasket if it is damaged or loose. You can use a cloth to clean dirt buildup.

Damaged Water Pump System

If your dishwasher is leaking, it could be a problem in the water pump. It is responsible for two things: water delivery to the wash cycle, and water draining out. Water can buildup at the bottom of your appliance if your water pump is damaged.

The system also includes hoses and clamps that allow water to drain from the dishwasher. These can break or wear down and cause water to leak from the bottom and sides of your dishwasher.

Faulty Water Inlet Valve

For any problems, it is important to inspect the valve that allows water into the dishwasher chamber. The water inlet valve can be found on the water hose at the back of your dishwasher. The valve must be replaced by professionals if it is leaking. If the leak is not fixed, it can lead to serious damage. If the valve is defective, your dishes won’t be washed properly. If the machine makes running sounds, it is usually a sign that the valve is failing.

Clogged Filter

A clogged filter can cause water to build up in your dishwasher. Filters are designed to capture food particles before they go down the drain. If your filter gets too full, the water could overflow and cause leakage from your appliance’s bottom. Regular cleaning is essential. Regular maintenance can extend the life of most filters to up to five years.

Damaged Float Switch

To maintain water levels throughout wash and rinse cycles, a dishwasher has a float or float switch. The float will move with the water level when the machine is running. The float switch turns off the water when the water level reaches a set point. If the switch is damaged, the water level can rise too high, which can lead to leaking.

FAQs About Leaky Dishwashers

Why does my dishwasher leak?

There are many reasons your dishwasher could be leaking. Our service technicians are available to diagnose and repair any problem, including a broken water pump, a blocked filter or other [MK2] .

What can I do to fix my dishwasher that is leaking from its bottom?

There are many ways to fix your appliance, depending on what the problem is (clogged filter, defective gasket or any other reason listed above). To restore your dishwasher to a like-new condition, we recommend that you call Mr. Appliance.

What are the most common causes of dishwasher leakage?

Leaking dishwashers can be caused by a defective gasket. The gasket is located around the perimeter of the dishwasher’s door. It seals the door when it’s closed. If there is dirt buildup, you can repair it. If it is damaged or loose, you may need to replace it.

Dishwasher Leakage from the Bottom

Our Long Beach Plumbers will help you determine the exact cause of your dishwasher’s leakage. Our solutions can be tailored to meet your needs.