Dishwasher Leaks and Water Flow Problems

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights

  • Hoses and pipes carry the water from your household plumbing to the dishwasher
  • Sometimes leaks can happen underneath the dishwasher
  • In some cases you may be able to purchase the replacement parts and do the repairs yourself

In most cases, when your dishwasher leaks or you notice a water flow problem it’s best to call in your local Salt Lake City or Park City plumber. However, there are some leaks and dishwasher problems that you can diagnose and repair on your own.

Finding and Fixing Leaks

Dishwashers are designed to keep water from leaking, but occasionally, due to age or malfunctions, leaks can occur. If you notice water spraying from your dishwasher or pooling in places outside of your dishwasher, there are three areas you should check.

The door is lined with rubber, like the rubber that seals your refrigerator door. If this rubber becomes damaged, cracked, or torn, it can lead to leaks and may need to be replaced. Another problem area is the water source. Hoses and pipes carry the water from your household plumbing to the dishwasher. If one of the hoses or pipes falls into disrepair or a connection becomes loose, leaks can happen.

Sometimes leaks can happen underneath the dishwasher. Leaks under the dishwasher can happen at the water inlet, the drain, or the pump. Typically these leaks are caused by a loose or compromised hose clamp, broken pump, or cracked gasket.

When searching for the source of the leak, you may need to remove the kick-plate of your dishwasher. If you can, pull the dishwasher away from the wall and counter to get a better look. When moving your dishwasher be careful so as not to break or pull loose any of the hoses. With hope, you’ll be able to spot the leak.

If the leak is a loose connection, it’s easy to fix and you should simply tighten the connection. For a failed gasket or pump, you will need to consult the manufacturer’s website. In some cases you may be able to purchase the replacement parts and do the repairs yourself. If the repairs are more complex, don’t hesitate to hire a professional plumber.

A Dishwasher that Doesn’t Wash

There are a few common issues that cause a dishwasher to stop working. If your dishwasher doesn’t have any water, you might have a problem with the float switch. The float switch is a plastic disc or cone at the bottom of the dishwasher. It moves up and down and indicates when there’s enough water in the dishwasher and when the water flow should stop. If the switch gets stuck or breaks, the water flow will stop completely. Check the switch to make sure it is clean and that nothing is blocking it. Clear away any debris so it can work properly. If it’s broken it will need to be replaced.

The door sensor can also cause the dishwasher to stop working. When the door is not closed properly the door sensor keeps the water from flowing. If the door sensor is blocked, dirty, or broken it can also cause the water to stop running. Check the manual latch, if it’s working properly than there may be a problem with the electronic component. It will need to be replaced.

Another common issue is the water supply. Check the main water supply by turning on your sink. If there’s water in the sink, then you can rule out the main water supply as the problem. Next, you’ll want to check under the sink for the valve that diverts water to the dishwasher. Check the valve and the whole length of the connection hose. If there are any cracks or damage, these items will need to be replaced.

In most cases, you’ll be able to spot the problem on your own. If you run into trouble contact your local plumber. A professional can easily diagnose and solve the problem.

Do you have a problem with your dishwasher? Contact us today!

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