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Dishwasher leaking around the bottom of the door

Our Bosch dishwasher, about 6 years old, has started leaking/gushing water around the door. The rubber seal looks okay. any suggestions?

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  • clemsonm Jan 17, 2008

    Thanks. I kept looking after posting originally and learned that on the right side of Bosch dishwashers is a steam outlet and if a large object like a flexible cutting board leans up against it the pressure increase breaks the seals and water sprays out the bottom. That was in fact the situation we had when it leaked. Not putting something there solved the problem. Very weird there is no warning about it. Spread the word if others have the same issue with Bosch.

    Problem is gone now.

  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2008

    this has happenened to us every once in a while and couldnt figure out why, sure enough a flexible cutting board was over the outlet...very strange but thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2008

    What did we do before search engines? We have had the same problem twice! I have a call into the dealer repair service. They were here here three weeks ago. Cost me $80 and no resolution.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    Mine was a "normal" cutting board -- thanks for saving me a repair bill!!

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    Thank you so much! I just checked and sure enough board was in the way 2. Wow.....

  • facebegone Apr 16, 2009

    Thanks - had the same problem only happened sometimes and now I know why - thanks so much!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    I was just experiencing the same thing this evening, removed the offending cutting board and voila, problem solved! 



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I had the same problem in 2004, lots of Bosch trained repair techs, calls to Bosch, and the appliance dealer we purchased it from with no answers. Our kitchen cabinet bases were ruined by the flooding that occured. After months of trying to get help I insisted on speaking to a supervisor that told me it was my fault for putting a flexible cutting board on the right side a blocking the vent. I told her that no where in the manual did it mention this issue and none of their trained techs were aware of this flaw in their design. When I asked about getting my cabinets repaired she said that was not an option. When I mentioned possible legal action her response was "good luck with that". Here it is 2009 and they recently called about a possible fire hazard recall for the control panel. The Bosch trained tech that came out to complete the repair knew nothing about the vent/flooding issue.

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  • Sara Jul 16, 2013

    This is referring to putting a cutting mat standing upright along the right side of of the dishwasher. There is a vent on that wall that gets blocked.


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Had regular leaks on model SGS43A22GB/01
Removed Left hand panel and in clear plastic unit is one removable elbow that was completly blocked .It just takes some careful manipulation to remove it

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  • hwbarker Apr 16, 2011

    I had a similar problem with my Bosch dishwasher. After about 5 minutes of washing, water would literally start bubbling up from the outer edges of the rubber gasket along the bottom of the door. It was clear that pressure was building inside the machine thus forcing the water out once it had filled up to the base of the door. In my case the problem was the plastic hose on the exterior of the right side of the machine (you looking at the machine) that leads from the interior vent (the vent that several people warn not to block). The hose was looped and water had filled it forming in essence a trap, like in the drain of a sink, and thereby allowing pressure to build inside the heated washer. Once the hose was drained (of about 1/2 cup of water), the machine was fine. This has happened twice in 7 yrs.

    I'm not sure why water builds up in that hose. Perhaps it is just condensation that slowly accumulates - evaporates - accumulates etc... and over time there is a net accumulation leading to a trap. If this is the case, the solution is to have the hose always pointing down. It might also be the result of a particular packing that directed water at the vent???

    At any rate, if your washer exhibits these symptoms, check the hose to see it it is blocked before taking the door apart, for depending on how much of the door you take apart, it can be a frustrating job getting it back together (doubly frustrating when you realize the problem did not involve the door at all!!).



We just had the very same problem and sure enough a flexible cutting board was over the outlet...very strange but thanks

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Make sure that the lower spray arm is fitted correctly, failing that it could be the door seal rubber, not the one that goes around the cabinet the one that is fitted at the base of the inner door.
Hope this is of some help
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