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Water leaks out front

My kenmore ultrawash lll fills and starts but then water starts coming out of the door. I checked the seal around the door, 2 sides and top ...water is not getting by the seal. I lowered the water level ... still does the same. when I open the door all the way the water also pours out the top near the buttons but that could just be because of the tilt of the door causing accumulated water to go that way. I found some crud in the spayers blocking the endmost hole cleaned that out. I can.t tell if it is getting out the stesm vent or the bottom. How does the bottom lip seal? HELP it was fine ran every day with no problem until yesterday. thanks Jim

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  • jamessecaras May 22, 2009

    Thank you,

    I did take the door apart last night.

    The steam vent has a number of baffles ... I guess to keep the water from getting out.

    min were all clogged up (full, packed) with what I believe is residue from the detergent, it has a couple of silica compounds in it ... it was very easy to clean out ... had to dig it out.

    also found some in vent holes at the bottom and in the spray arms.

    anyway no leaks after clearing the deposits from the steam vent/trap

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I had exactly the same problem with my Kenmore Ultrawash. I thought the leaking might be coming from the seals around the door, but found that it was leaking from the top as described. I removed the air vent cover on the inside of the door and found that it and the vent area had a great deal of what appeared to be dissolved paper. At first I thought perhaps this was somehow remenents of some kind of air filter, but after reading the post here, came to conclude this was foreign matter. I believe what happended is we at some time washed jars or something with lables on it and this stuff accummulated inside the air vent area. I think in a normal case, when the washer is running, water is mostly stopped from going into the air vent area by the hatched cover, but inevitably some water would get thru. This would be ok normally, because the water would just hit the vent area and probably just fall back into the washer. With all the debris stuck in the vent area and on the cover, I suspect the water was not able to exit the vent area or was hitting the debris and causing the water to jet out the opening to the front - hence the water coming out the vent and pouring down the front. Once I cleaned out the vent area and the cover from the debris, I replaced the cover and ran the washer with no water leaking anymore.

I'm so glad you posted your finding - it gave something to look into, and turned out to be the same source of the problem. You saved me a service call.

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Hey Jim, sounds like you have a fun one too solve, If you are not getting water out through the seals, then it has too be through the steam vent or you may have a crack on the inside of the door, check for cracks first too eliminate that possibility, then if no cracks are present, then it has too be the vent, and also to answer your question about the bottom of the door, their is no seal on the bottom of the door, the bottom inside of the dishwasher continues out past the inside of the bottom of the door and a lip comes up into the bottom of the door.

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