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Here is a tip that I wrote about leaking dishwashers...
There also is a link in there to another tip on how to buy parts online for your dishwasher...

Leaking Dishwasher


Posted on May 31, 2010


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My GE dishwasher is leaking out the bottom of the front door. Everything seems to be sealed properly. I took the inside of the door off and couldn't find anything obvious. Is it possible to be overflowing...

You most likly need a new bottom door seal. Usually 3 screws down each side of the door and then two screws hold the bottom door seal in place. The bottm door seal can look fine but if its leaking out the bottom front this is the problem 99 % of the time, Unless someone is using dish soap to preclean the dishes or using regular in the dishwasher.

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Water is leaking out on to the ground. It seems to be coming from the door.

Hi and welcome to FixYa. I am Kelly

In the bottom of the tub area believe it or not there is a float assy that controls the water level in the dishwasher by shutting off fill water when it reaches a certain level. Most often when a smyptom as you describe appears the float assy stem has debris or food particles that restrict the movement of the float UP and DOWN.

This is what your float looks like:

Grasp it and GENTLY lift it up and down "stop to stop" There should be no restriction or friction.

If there is friction you need to clean as best you can in the stem area.

If the float is clear then you need to start looking to see if:

1. the door seal is smashed, worn or torn and not sealing
2. the door is bent
(yes BENT have seen it happen when people have closed the door with something in the door fold area at the bottom.)

Thanks for using FixYa


Feb 14, 2010 | Frigidaire 24 in. FDB1050RE Built-in...

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LG dishwasher leaks from bottom of door

three things may cause this first the float that monitors the water level is stuck This float is in the bottom of the dishwasher below the bottom rack you will need to remove the cover (looks oval in shape) and check to see no food particals are in the area. If clean, Then the possibility of a bad door gasket is good can be purchased at an appliance parts house take the serial and model number with you for correct replacement part, and lastly check to see if the timer is operating properly by running it through a cycle and timing it.

Good luck hope this helped

Feb 08, 2010 | Dishwashers

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Water is leaking below the door

Door seal is possibly bad. It is hard to tell if the seal is bad by looking at it however, by what you are desribing this sound as if it is the problem. There is also a water level switch in the dishwasher. This switch is actually a float that shuts off the water at a certian level. Most dishwashers have this float in the inside below the bottom tray to the left. It looks like a plastic cap about 3 inches in height. There will be a screw that when removed this cap lifts off. There could be build up of soap inside this cap preventing the float from rising enough to shut off the water. If you remove the cap check it for build up and if there is build up once you clean it out try the dishwasher again if it still leaks door seal is bad. Hope I helped you some


Jan 14, 2010 | Whirlpool Dishwashers

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Eurotech Dishwasher is leaking - How to get to the guts to fix it

When a dishwasher leaks, it is usually the door seal or the water level gone wrong. Assuming the door was never leaned-on and the hinges bent, then you look to the seal or in some cases a splashshield fin that goes along the bottom between door and frame. If the unit is more than 7 or 8 years, the seal or shield plate could have lost its shape enough to allow water to get by.
The other problem, is the water level is too hi and this can be because the float switch is filled with soap scum and is heavier than normal, so the float thinks there needs to be more water than usual. Clean the float, you may need to remove a guard shroud to access the float. Goodluck, macgivor

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Water leaking from the bottom of the dishwasher.

ck the float it may be comming under the door . if water is still in tank after cycle / clean the screen in the bottom it is a lift out basket . ck for resstriction in drain line . all of thes will cause over fill and flooding . your model may have a pressure sw . sometimes food gets in the air line / remove tube and blow out .. mm

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I have a maytag mdb7100Aww. Dishwasher leaks at bottom of door

You definitely have to have a clean......float clean from all is very typical for the float to cause leaking problems it is an overflow switch....also drying agents...that are used...especially if any is spilled inside will foam up and cause an overflow as well as liquid detergents that are not specified by the maker of your DW....these foam also....(if to much is used)...but the float will not push down on the switch if it is completely free from gunk.
I hope this helps.....good luck...thanks for rating my effort....the Fang.

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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher - leaks from Overfill Protection Float

I had the same problem, but mine leaked every time. I have a kenmore ultra wash dishwasher no. 665.15762. I took the bottom rotating sprayer off and found that the plastic piece under the sprayer had a few loose screws and the rubber gasket, under that piece, had blown out at the corner facing the overfill protection float. I took out all the screws and re-mounted the gasket in place and put all the screws back and tightened them. It solved the problem. I hope that this helps others.

Nov 11, 2008 | Asko 24 in. D3250 Built-in Dishwasher

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Neff dishwasher sticks on 1 minute

We had this problem with our machine.
There turned out to be a few things that caused it:

- Firstly, the float assembly (an orange looking float in a little chamber, visible if you take off the left-hand panel of the machine) was clogged - we cleaned this and it seemed to help.
- The heat exchanger matrix was full of debris - we tried to clean this but ended up damaging it and bought a new one.

.. these two things seemed to improve the cleaning and the machine worked for a while.

The real problem though (which caused it to pump out continuously) turned out to be a failed seal on the circulation pump.

If you look on page 4 of the following link:

.. you will see a diagram of the bottom of the machine - the part that failed was 171598, which you can see on the bottom middle-to-right hand side of the picture..
The rubber had perished very badly, and it was causing water to leak into the bottom of the machine, which triggers 'flood mode' whereby it pumps continuously and doesn't actually wash the dishes.

The part costs about £5 - fitting it is not straightforward though, as you need to strip the machine down which is a pretty involved job.
If you think you're up to it, the steps I followed were:

- Remove both side panels
- On the left hand side, remove heat exchanger matrix and float assembly
- Remove kick-panel under the front door
- On the right hand side, remove all wiring from the door to the machine (including an earthing wire which is screwed to the side of the machine) - note that there are two wires which go to push-on connectors which have to be removed separately - all the others go to connector blocks.
- Inside the machine, remove the wire baskets, spray arm and bottom filter.
- Remove the lid from the salt dispenser - and now the tricky part, you need to find something that will allow you to remove the large plastic 'nut' that holds the salt dispenser to the machine.
- Remove the two screws in the bottom of the machine (167241 in the diagram mentioned above)
- Now, shut the door and then disconnect the door spring mechanism from the left and right side of the door.
- Disconnect the string from the door closing mechanism from the springs at the left and right back corners, under the machine.
- Remove the two screws at the back of the machine which connect the top of the machine to the base.
- Remove the two screws at the front of the machine which connect the top of the machine to the base (these are quite low down, near the door hinges).

Now, you should be able to lift the top of the machine off the base, and will have access to the pump etc.

... re-assembly is the reverse of disassembly ;-)

This took me a couple of hours - it might be better to find somebody who will do it for you for fixed cost as it's a pig of a job.

For what it's worth, there seemed to be very few places where the machine could leak - and this looked to be the major one - and there are a few push-fit pipes which are worth checking out too.

Hope this helps somebody.

Oct 22, 2008 | Neff 24 in. S5456 Built-in Dishwasher

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