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Dishwasher leak My Kenmore dishwasher is leaking from around the door. Water was leaking from the bottom panel, so I pulled out the whole washer only to see water spewing forth from around the top between the box and the door (on the right side). I replaced the gasket that goes around the door and is supposed to create a seal between the washer and door. It still leaks. Now I'm at a loss because water is still coming out. The washer is about 15 years old, so I'm afraid it's ghost may have left the house and I need to replace it. i hope not.

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  • Chris Call Jun 22, 2007

    How do I clear the drain? There is water standing in the bottom of the washer, so it looks like there is a blockage somewhere. I can see underneath the machine but can't get to the hoses without spilling water everywhere. I've removed the filter and pump covers but can't figure out how to clear the drain. thanks.

  • Chris Call Jun 24, 2007

    Sorry, I didn't know I had given you a bad rating. It is a front loading machine. I pulled off the covers that you said, but I can't seem to find where the stoppage is occuring. I ran my fingers all around the pump and the drain but I can't find anything that is clogging it. I'm not sure what to do now.

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To clear the drain in a few easy steps; find where the outlet hose connects into your house drain system, disconnect it and then see if the machine will drain into a bucket/tray. Try it both by gravity (if you can get the hose below the water level)and with the machine on if not. This will tell you if the blockage is in the house drain not the machine. If the house drain is clear, see if you can disconnect the drain hose from the machine end and check it isn't blocked.if this is not removable, try poking a bit of wire or similar down it, being careful not to go past where it enters the machine (measure your bit of wire against the outside of the hose first). As Joe says, if you are sure the accessible filters and everything you can get to easily are clear, a garden hose in the hole will possibly clear the blockage if you can get a bit of pressure - often the easiest way is to hold a rag tightly around the end of the hose and the hole you are trying to get water through. (Note you will get wet - be very careful of electical sockets etc). If this doesn't seem to clear the blockage then the pump is either faulty, or not recieving instructions from the control board to work (more likely, although you would expect an error message). Hope this helps, if you wish to change Joe's rating you can just by rating the advice again. Good luck :)

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HELLO ... CHANCES ARE YOUR DRAIN INSIDE YOUR WASHER IS PARTIALLY PLUGGED. TOP LOADER OR FRONT DOOR LOADDING MACHINE... IN EITHER CASE MOST WATER LEAKS ARE CAUSED BY DRAIN BLOCKAGE. FIND A WAY TO FLUSH THE DRAIN HOSE ON THE WASHER AND SEE IF IT CYCLES CORRECTLY. IF WATER IS GETING HIGH ENOUGH IN YOUR DISH WASHER TO SPLASH AROUND WITH THE SPRAY BAR IT IS YOUR DRAIN OR PUMP NOT CYCLING THE DIRTY WATER -OUT. ALWAYS CHECK THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMS FIRST. GOOD LUCK ... Joe_Rex

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    Joseph Reckinger Jun 22, 2007

    I AM ASSUMING YOU HAVE A FRONT DOOR LOADING MACHINE. IF SO, REMOVE THE LOWER DISH RACK AND THE DRAIN IS USUALLY UNDER THE SPRAY BAR THAT IN MOST CASES JUST LIFTS STRAIGHT-UP AND OFF.
    THE SPRAYER BAR TURNS ON WATER PREASSURE ONLY. AND SHOULD SPIN FREELY. IF YOU HAVE STANDING WATER IN THE BOTTOM IT HAS TO BE REMOVED BVY SPONGEING IT UP.

    AFTR REMOVING ALL THE ABOVE YOU SHOULD SEE THE DRAIN INLET AT THE BOTTOM UNDER THE SPRAY-BAR ASSEMBLY (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A STRONG FLASH-LIGHT) DO NOT USE A 110V TROUBLE LIGHT AROUND WATER.

    YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SEE THE DEBRI RIGHT AWAY AND REMOVE-IT. THEN TAKE A GARDEN HOSE AND FLUSH IT OUT. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLEANTY OF RAGS. IT SHOULD ONLY TAKE A GALLON OR SO OF HOSE PRESSURIZED WATER TO CLEAR YOUR DRAIN LINE.

    I REALLY HOPE THAT WORKS FOR YOU. THE PUMP WOULD BE THE ONLY OTHER CULPRIT HERE I BELIEVE.
    THIS IS OBVIOUSLY THE LEAST EXPENSIVE AND THE FIRST SUGESTION TO TRY.

    Joe_Rex

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