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Water leaking from bottom of Water inlet. How does the inlet come apart? Is there a replacement seal?

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  • chris_rees Jul 12, 2009

    The leak is on the side of the dishwasher where the water goes throught the side of the diswasher (water inlet opening - discription from the users guide). On the outside the is a square block (5in X 5in) that mounts to the side with a hose comming from the valve under the left front corner. On the inside is a 3in round louvered piece. There seems to be a rubber gasket between the two inside and outside halves. Water stains are obvious from the bottom of this piece. How do these two pieces come apart. I think the seal should be replaced and or the conection tightened.



    Thanks

    C

  • chris_rees Jul 12, 2009

    The leak is on the side of the dishwasher where the water goes throught the side of the diswasher (water inlet opening - discription from the users guide). On the outside the is a square block (5in X 5in) that mounts to the side with a hose comming from the valve under the left front corner. On the inside is a 3in round louvered piece. There seems to be a rubber gasket between the two inside and outside halves. Water stains are obvious from the bottom of this piece. How do these two pieces come apart. I think the seal should be replaced and or the conection tightened.

    Thanks
    C

  • chris_rees Jul 12, 2009

    KitchenAid KUDS25SH



    Thanks

    C

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You are right, the seal has probably gone bad and needs to be replaced. Can you post the make and model of the washer in question so that I can help you find a replacement gasket and give you the right information.


Benjamin

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Jul 12, 2009

    Sounds like you just need to unscrew the copper pipe from the washer and wrap some Teflon or Plumbers tape in the same direction as the threads which is all that is needed. You only need to wrap it one layer thick for a water tight seal If the copper pipe itself needs to be replaced, you can get more pipe from a local hardware store but the tape probably just needs to be replaced. You can get more of the tape from the hardware store too, it will be under $1 for a roll.





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    Benjamin Patri Jul 12, 2009

    http://www.kitchenaid.com/assets/pdfs/pr...

    page 19 should show the fittings and how they go together for reference


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Hi Chris,

thanks for using fixya

the issue is not usually the inlet seal but the inlet valve. the repair will depend on what is the brand of your washer as well as the model.

below are general instructions on how to repair / replace your water inlet valve.

1.
Step 1

Unplug your dishwasher for safety reasons, and double check that it is no longer connected to its power source. Depending on your dishwasher, you may have to turn off its power from the circuit breaker or remove a fuse. Shut off your water valve and turn off the water supply to your machine. You may have a hose that runs from the faucet.
2.
Step 2

Find the panel underneath your dishwasher, often referred to as the kickplate panel. Some panels need to be unscrewed from their position; others fold down because they are hinged to the machine.
3.
Step 3

Locate your inlet valve. In most machines, it is located in the left or right corner of the panel and should be visible to you. Your inlet water valve will have hoses connected to it--one that takes water to the machine and another that takes water away. This is a good time to check that your hoses are in good condition, not corroded or kinked. Take the hoses off the dishwasher intake valve. You should probably place a container underneath before disconnecting in case there is water left in the hoses.
4.
Step 4

Disconnect the wires from the inlet valve. Write down where the wires go so there are no problems reconnecting later. Not using the wires but the connectors instead, disconnect the wires. You may have to use pliers to do this.
5.
Step 5

Unscrew the inlet valve, remove it, and save the screws. Now, place your new water inlet valve where the old one used to be, and screw it in place with the old screws.
6.
Step 6

Replace the hoses and wires. You may want to turn on the water, and check if the hoses are secured in place and not leaking. Put panel back in place and turn on the power to the dishwasher.

for parts: http://www.easyapplianceparts.com/repair.aspx?appliance=dishwasher&part=dishwasher-wont-fill

For a video on replacing dishwasher parts: http://www.ehow.com/how_2072961_replace-dishwashers-water-inlet-valve.html

Hope this helps.

regards,

voodoo

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

  • marlon john madrid
    marlon john madrid Jul 12, 2009

    hi chris,

    if that is the case then yes, same video will show you the seal replacement


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