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The insultation on the bottom of the door is wet. My repairman said water is getting behind the soap dispenser and the rubber gasket around the dispenser is hard. The dishwasher is only 4 years old. Is this possible. The insulation at the bottom of the door is wet. Oddly, this is an intermittant problem. The past two days, with a small load of dishes, there was no leak. Help!!

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A reader on another forum found, after much effort, that the solution may be very simple: don't load flexible cutting boards on the right-hand side of the machine.
The boards can block an outlet on that wall, presumably leading to a buildup of pressure that causes leaking through seals not meant to handle such pressure.

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Yes it is possible, and depends on your water hardness. An easy was to check is to use a silicone caulking product and caulk around the dispenser. Let it cure fully before using the diswasher. Check for leaks.

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