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The dishwasher has a minor leak (1/4 cup) of water coming out of the LHS near the front. After taking off the side panel, I can see that is is coming out of a 8mm hole. This hole looks like a breather hole to let the air out of what appears to be a water measuring tank system. The hole is situated just above a pipe that leads out to what appears to be a pressure switch. I assume that the water level is never intended to get this high. Is the problem the pressure switch? Thanks Stephen

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  • stephen_elai Aug 05, 2010

    Please see photos and description. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Stephen

  • stephen_elai Aug 09, 2010

    useful thoughts -system is difficult to get into to check if this is actually the problem.

    Thanks
    Stephen

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More than likely you have a blockage of your pipe or pump and this is causing it to back up, that or the water level control has gone faulty/jammed..

http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/dishwasher/dishwasher.php
But you must get a service and repair manual for your exact make and model. and Google for it.

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Hi


Thanks for using FixYa. You are right from what you have described the issue seems to be with the the pressure switch which is not shutting off the water and as a result the overfill is causing this issue. However, 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 post a comment for further assistance.


Thanks
Rylee

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  • stephen_elai Aug 03, 2010

    Just to clarify, the water is not coming out of the door. Once you take the side panel off there is a tank taking up the whole LH of the machine.




    When the machine starts, the water fills this "big tank" to the top which then activates a switch (red in green housing) turning off the water and draining the "big tank" into the "lower". Once this has happened it does the same again, this time the water goes a little further around the tubes on the lower RHS.








    On the third fill, the water goes even further around these tubes and starts leaking out of the hole marked with the red arrow. Once the big tank is close to empty, the machine starts to wash



    What I think the problem is, is that the pressure switch (which is connected to the pipe with the green arrow) isn't activating soon enough, but I may be wrong (this may not even be a pressure switch)



    Apart from the small leak out of this hole, the dishwasher works fine.



    As well as helping me diagnose this, can you please tell me the part I need and where to get it from?



    Thanks


    Stephen

    PS. how old is this dishwasher? It came with the house

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