Is this a job my husband can do himself? he took the door apart and figured out the problem. will he need to replace more than the lever seal in order to fix the leaking? (will he need to purchase the surrounding parts, also?) is that part easily replaced? he is pretty handy fixing things.
the dishwasher is leaking water from underneath the door when it is in the wash and rinse cycle (when the water is being sprayed). it isn't a lot of water, just some light dripping.
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Difficult job. It may be possible to take the door halves apart and get to the screws that hold that bottom door seal to the door, but in some cases, it is necessary to remove the door completely and take it apart to be able to replace that bottom door seal. In any event, it's probably best to call a professional dishwasher repairman and let him do the job.
it may not be the door that is leaking if this is an older admiral or whirlpool dishwasher the lever that holds the soap door closed has a little rubber seal that after time will let water in during the wash cycle it the runs down the inside of the door and out the bottom if you rmove the in side of the door you will probably see the water trail from the wax motor down. this gasket is not expensive or hard to replace.
basically it just pulls out of a slot downwards (when doors open) but there's not much space so I took out a few screws to free the door up a bit.
So - sitting with the machine in front of you and door open down towards you:
I took out the two machine screws that hold the door on to the spring/hinge mechanism. Those are the two on the side of the door near to the hinge/bottom. I also took out 3 of the screws that screw the inside metal bit of the door on to the plastic fron of the door.
You'll notice that the springs then force the inside and outside of the door apart and you've got some free space to pull the bottom seal out of the metal door. Then clean everything and squeeze the new seal in.
You're probably not going to be able to thread it in from one end.
When you're putting those two machine screws back in you'll probably need to do the top screw (nearest you when door open) with the door almost closed so that the spring is most relaxed and will let you line up the two holes.
My older model had cheap plastic type rivets around the window. Of course they broke and water leaked out the window. I took the door apart and put in a new gasket the siliconed the heck out of it!
Put dishwasher on a counter or floor and put a nice thick phonebook under neath the opened door for support. Carefully replace window with gasket and a bead of silicone. Put enough weight on top to press it down and seal it. Leave for 24-48 hrs. I've replaced the window 3 times and this fix has lasted 2 years now. total cost about $10 and a little effort. make sure you use heat tolerant silicone.
There is a front door seal that may be the issue. It seals along the door sides/top and continues under the door to seal the bottom surface when closed. Mine pulled out of the seal channel under the open door where you can't see it without a small mirror. The seal took a "fixed set" out of the channel so now it will not stay put. It requires replacement.
Hope this helps.
If your dishwasher leaks, check these:Main tub seal Door gasket or seal Water-inlet valve Hoses
Main tub seal Note… If the main motor of your dishwasher is mounted vertically, beneath the center bottom of the dishwasher, the following instructions probably apply to you. But if your motor is mounted horizontally, the pump isn't serviceable--you need to replace the entire pump and motor assembly.
The main tub seal is beneath the drain impeller. It prevents the water in the dishwasher from leaking out near the shaft of the motor. To get to the seal, which is inside the dishwasher, remove the:
1. Lower rack 2. Spray arm 3. Spray arm support 4. Wash/drain impellers
Then pry the seal out of its housing and replace it.
Door gasket or seal Over time, door gaskets and seals harden and lose their ability to seal properly. You can't repair the seals. You need to replace them if they've begun to leak.
Water-inlet valve The water-inlet valve, itself, seldom leaks. But, the water-supply line from the house and the rubber tube leading from the valve to the inside of the dishwasher may leak. Tighten or repair/replace these as necessary.
The water-inlet valve could mechanically stick open. When that happens, the water continues to flow into the dishwasher, which then floods your kitchen. Turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, and replace the valve.
Hoses Behind the lower access panel on your dishwasher are several rubber or plastic hoses. If the leak appears at a connection, try a new clamp. If that doesn't work, replace the hose. thanks for using FixYa
Well, job done. I tried using cable ties to hold the hinges down without success, string would have broken immediately. The only way to do it without a specially made tool is to insert screwdrivers in the narrow gaps between the hinge and the frame with the handle held in place by the bottom of the door and the seal that is being replaced. The problem with this is that when the door is fully removed the screwdrivers are likely to slip and the hinges slam shut, disastrous if any body part is in the way. What is needed is another pair of hands to hold both screwdrivers in place. Apart from having to work around your helper( get a thin one if possible) the rest is easy. Fit the seal to the frame first, then position the fixing plates and hod in place with a paper clip in the lower screw hole. Re-attach the door to the hinge fixing the top screws first, remove the paper clips and fit the lower screws. Your helper can now make the tea whilst you re-fit the rest of the door.
I just found a service release number for my Frigidaire dishwasher that says it applies to Serial numbers TH632 through serial number TH737 made in 2007 for a replacement kit for the door seal at the bottom of the door. The bottom door seal has been changed, adding side seals that restrict the water surge from the center spray arm. The part number for the new seal is p/n 154588201. This seal can be replaced without removing the dishwasher or either of the door panels. The seal is located on the bottom of the inner door panel and appears as a cream colored flexible rubber blade bonded to a milky white colored plastic strip. To remove and properly install replacement follow the instructions carefully. 1. Replacing this seal can be accomplished without disconnecting power from the unit. Always use extra care when electrical power is present while serving an appliance. 2. Open door all the way down and remove lower rack. Set rack aside to a safe location. 3. Locate the seal on the bottom of inner door panel. Facing front of unit, the right side of the seal can be pulled down slightly to facilitate removal. 4. Pull seal straight into the tub from right side. 5. With seal removed, and before installing replacement seal, locate the channel in inner door panel that the seal mounts into. Locating this channel before installing the replacement can make this procedure easier. SERVICE FLASH DW071 6. Place the new seal on a flat surface and measure from the bottom of the seal, (See Figure 1 to determine bottom of seal), up 3/8 "of an inch and place a mark with a pen or marker on both ends (See Figure 2). If needed, scribe a straight line between these two marks this will give you a guide when installing seal into the inner door panel. 7. The seal can only be installed one way. The end that holds this seal into the inner door panel has a ½ inch notch cut in the right side. This notch allows the seal to be installed around the end of the inner door channel that holds the seal. 8. Line up the seal along the bottom of the inner door panel and start from the right side, push the seal into the door channel to the line marked in step #6. 9. With seal in place close the door, the tub will align the seal as needed. 10. Reinstall lower rack and operate unit to check for leaks. If leaks continue to occur at the bottom corners, order Splash shield kit 154701001 for dishwasher.
Before installing the kit remove and reinstall the lower door seal. To install the lower seal make sure you measure up from the bottom of the seal 3/8 of an inch and mark the seal, do this on both ends. This locates how far down the seal needs to be before closing the door. Do not install this seal without measuring it first. After the lower door seal has been re-installed then install the splash shields according to the instructions accompanying with the kit.