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Vulcan Dishlex Executive 14-10 Dishwasher leaking onto floor from right hand side when it was filling at start of cycle. Husband has checked the following: both pumps (main and waste) hoses, solenoid switch (inlet). Where can we find the float/level valve? Could this be the problem? What else to check? This is the second time it's happened - I don't use it that much. The previous time my husband replaced the inlet and outlet hoses. What is the proper level for water fill - never above the base of the door level? When I opened it, it appeared to be almost too high

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  • Sharron Woolley Apr 24, 2010

    Thanks for the info, taken on board. I don't think it would be too much suds, I've only ever used the amount nominated by maker. I DO think the door seal may need to be replaced as well, but even AFTER I had stopped the machine with door open, water was still leaking out on the bottom right. What is it that ensures the water level is never too high and where can this be found to be checked?

  • Sharron Woolley Apr 24, 2010

    Due to the time differences around the world (I'm in Australia), perhaps Rylee has signed off for the night - I however, have had the dishwasher in parts on it's side on the kitchen floor for days so I would appreciate others comments too please

  • Sharron Woolley Apr 24, 2010

    Thanks for reply Rylee. I use hot water straight from tap and do not use the element heat up facility.
    I'm having trouble making up my mind about all this 'water temp' talk as to having relevance for fixing leaks (?)

    Is there a water level adjuster that needs to be looked at? I AM interested in making sure this is clear and has not been clogged up. I think I have found something like it UNDER the machine but I cannot see where it takes the water from.

    I am loath to turn the dishwasher on again to try it out without finding anything wrong with it, because it's a bl**dy nuisance cleaning up after it!!

  • Sharron Woolley Apr 24, 2010

    Also Rylee, (by way of explanation)
    The flooding appears to have occurred at the very beginning of the cycle when it was filling. As it was filling the spray arm was working I could hear it. We're pretty sure the outlet pump and solenoids are all working OK (my husband is electronics engineer).

  • Sharron Woolley Apr 24, 2010

    The solution was partially helpful - don't know so much about the water temp and suds being a problem though. More likely than not there is a problem with (perished) seals and since we don't have those (and my husband has not long been out of hospital - painful bending) I have called a service repairman who will have the seals and could check the water levels for me. It's a bit unfortunate that he can't get here for another 5 days, but as I said my husband didn't really find anything wrong and being loath to try it out again is a pain (water spillage) will have to put it all back together again to make room in the kitchen meanwhile. Thanks.



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Thanks for using FixYa. If you have water leaks around the base of your dishwasher, you may be using a detergent that is causing too much suds. Cut back on the amount of detergent you use, and see if that makes a difference. Water that spills through the door vent is usually caused by improperly loading dishes. Leaks from the door itself may be caused by a faulty door gasket or door tightness adjustment. You should check the main tub seal, the door latch, the door gasket, the water-inlet valve, and the fill and drain hoses.

Also make sure the dishwasher is sitting level (you can adjust the front feet up or down, and many units have some type of levelers at the rear). Water under the dishwasher may be originating from a leaky hose or loose hose connection. Remove the lower front panel, and check the hoses. The pump seal may be defective, too; replacing this is a job for an appliance repairperson. An older dishwasher may corrode at the bottom, but this is fairly uncommon. If this is the case with your dishwasher, it's time for a new one.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Apr 24, 2010

    Sorry for the late reply. check the Water temperature by using a thermometer inside
    the dishwasher to measure the water temp. It should be as close to 125 degree F
    to 140 degree F as possible. Now try using the temperature boost feature if
    your dishwasher is equipped with this cycle feature and check if this will help
    your wash ability issues.

    Now check the Powder soap by making sure that you store
    your soap in a dry environment and it is not stale and clumping together.
    Possibly try a different detergent like a liquid or gel. Also, make sure the
    dishes are loaded properly, or dishwasher is not overloaded.

    To check the proper filling dishwasher will fill with
    water up to and around the heating element. If water is more below the heating
    element, you may have low water pressure or a problem with the fill valve. Try
    & listen if it sounds like it is spraying the water around with enough

    For low water pressure, try to clean the screen at the
    entrance of the fill valve, sometimes the fill valve can fail and not allow the
    proper water into the dishwasher and may need to be replaced. And, check
    the spray arm and pump cover for splits or leaks. Also make sure that the water
    is draining and is not accumulated in the dishwasher, if it is in
    dishwasher then check for clogged drain hoses and drain pump.



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