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home maintenance  /  July 9, 2019

Common Causes of Dishwasher Leaks

Dishwasher leaks are a common kitchen problem. Not only will this require the hassle and expense of repairing or replacing the appliance, but the pooling water on the floor creates a serious safety hazard. In this blog, Handyman Connection® of Orange County shares the common causes of dishwasher leaks and what you should do about them.

Leaky Dishwasher Door

If the water seems to be coming from the bottom of the dishwasher door, then the door itself may be the problem. Dishwasher doors are sealed similar to refrigerators and need to be properly aligned for the seal to remain secure. Often, the solution is simple: just tighten the screws on the latch and/or the hinges. Check the latches and make sure they’re closing properly and replace them if not. Make sure the dishwasher is unplugged from its power source before you perform your inspection.

Hole In the Tub

This is a common problem among old dishwashers. The tub may have developed a hole from corrosion due to detergent or mineral deposits. If this is the case, contact the manufacturer and ask if a replacement tub can be ordered and installed. Otherwise, you may need to have the dishwasher replaced.

Loose or Damaged Valves

Hoses and connections within the dishwasher may loosen over time. Check the drain hoses and make sure they’re secure. If some connections seem loose, apply thread seal tape (also known as Teflon tape) to make it slightly tighter. Cracked or damaged hoses should be replaced.

Improper Alignment

The dishwasher needs to be level or water will collect on one side, eventually leading to a leak. Empty the bottom of the dishwasher and set a level on it. If it’s not level, you’ll need to place shims at the bottom of the unit to set it to the correct level. If you’re not confident about doing this yourself, you can hire a handyman to do it for you.

Handyman Connection of Orange County is your leading provider of dishwasher and plumbing repairs, along with other handyman services. Give us a call at (714) 494-1117 or fill out our contact form.

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