Question about Dishwashers

5 Answers

Frigidaire Dishwasher Leaking

My dishwasher started leaking from the left corner of door, now it's pouring out of the center of the door as well as the left corner. I have replaced the seal and fixed an existing problem that I didn't know I had with the water line. Where it connected to the dishwasher it had been leaking for a period of time unknown to me. After I tightened that the dishwasher worked fine until 40 mintues were left of the cycle when it began pouring out of the center again.

Posted by Baddest on

  • 4 more comments 
  • AmateurFixer Nov 18, 2007

    This is a new Frigidaire dishwasher. It is leaking from the left side of the door. I can reach me hand inside the door about 4-5" and I feel water running down. There is a vent on the insode of the dooe on the left side. I do not know if it is coming from there or not.

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    I have the same problem with a GE dishwasher. My leak is definately coming from the vent. I removed the skin from the door to check. The only thing that keeps the vent from leaking is a plastic door that is closed by a small motor when the dishwasher is spraying water. This door is opened for the drying cycle.

    The only real mystery here seems to be why my dishwasher didn't always leak. There is no real seal on the plastic vent door, and it could never have really been water tight. I suspect that GE realized there would be some leakage. The design seems to corroborate this. There is a foam pad near the bottom of the door below the vent. This foam pad absorbs the leaking water, so until it becomes saturated no water actually leaks from the door. Also, GE currently has a recall because use of a liquid drying agent can corrode the wires inside the door. This could not happen unless the drying agent is getting out of the dishwasher and inside of the door.

    In my case, the leak did not appear until the dishwasher was nearly 4 years old. I believe there are several reasons for this. First, we did two loads of dishes in a row. Second, the little door that closes the vent is warped upward. I think this warpage probably increases over time, causing the leak to worsen.

    I don't see any real solution. This is basically a design problem. I am hoping that replacing the vent door will slow the leaking enough that the foam pad has time to dry between loads, and we will no longer have water dripping out of the bottom of the door.

  • louisedaniel Feb 13, 2008

    My 2 year old KitchenAid dishwasher leaks from the door. It started as very little at the bottom and it is now almost a 1/2 gallon pouring out. We've replaced the gasket around de door and the bottom plastic part. Still no changes except that it is really hard to close the door. THen someone said to check the vent underneath in the back of the machine and said that this was the problem. Tested it and still the same. I've tried loading the machine differently, changed the soap, used very little of it, checked the hoses. But I'm at a lost of repair ideas.... Can you help?

  • cher cher May 17, 2008

    My dishwasher started leaking from the left corner of door, and penetrates gradually to the floor. I didn't use the dish washer anymore but it still persists. When I dry the floor, it will happen again some time. I found some water in the centre bottom of dish water but I'm for sure no water after every wash. I don't know why it happened. Can anybody help to comment?

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008




  • Hammer Down Oct 21, 2008

    I have a Frigidaire dishwasher just over a year old that is leaking water out of the right side of the door. I have the front of the door off and am running it. but of course its not leaking now. Im pretty convinced that the float that contols the water level intermittently sticks. Im going to make sure the damn thing moves freely and probally replace it before I replaced the whole unit. Im surprised they don't seal the front of the door AT ALL.



5 Answers


  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I just found a service release number for my Frigidaire dishwasher that says it applies to Serial numbers TH632 through serial number TH737 made in 2007 for a replacement kit for the door seal at the bottom of the door. The bottom door seal has been changed, adding side seals that restrict the water surge from the center spray arm. The part number for the new seal is p/n 154588201. This seal can be replaced without removing the dishwasher or either of the door panels.
The seal is located on the bottom of the inner door panel and appears as a cream colored flexible
rubber blade bonded to a milky white colored plastic strip. To remove and properly install
replacement follow the instructions carefully.
1. Replacing this seal can be accomplished without disconnecting power from the unit.
Always use extra care when electrical power is present while serving an appliance.
2. Open door all the way down and remove lower rack. Set rack aside to a safe location.
3. Locate the seal on the bottom of inner door panel. Facing front of unit, the right side of the
seal can be pulled down slightly to facilitate removal.
4. Pull seal straight into the tub from right side.
5. With seal removed, and before installing replacement seal, locate the channel in inner door
panel that the seal mounts into. Locating this channel before installing the replacement can
make this procedure easier.
6. Place the new seal on a flat surface and measure from the bottom of the seal, (See Figure
1 to determine bottom of seal), up 3/8 "of an inch and place a mark with a pen or marker on
both ends (See Figure 2). If needed, scribe a straight line between these two marks this
will give you a guide when installing seal into the inner door panel.
7. The seal can only be installed one way. The end that holds this seal into the inner door
panel has a ½ inch notch cut in the right side. This notch allows the seal to be installed
around the end of the inner door channel that holds the seal.
8. Line up the seal along the bottom of the inner door panel and start from the right side, push
the seal into the door channel to the line marked in step #6.
9. With seal in place close the door, the tub will align the seal as needed.
10. Reinstall lower rack and operate unit to check for leaks.
If leaks continue to occur at the bottom corners, order Splash shield kit 154701001 for

Before installing the kit remove and reinstall the lower door seal. To install the lower seal make
sure you measure up from the bottom of the seal 3/8 of an inch and mark the seal, do this on
both ends. This locates how far down the seal needs to be before closing the door. Do not
install this seal without measuring it first. After the lower door seal has been re-installed then
install the splash shields according to the instructions accompanying with the kit.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008



  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Inspect the ends of the spray arm carefully. On one job, I saw that the circular calrod (heater rod) had melted holes in both ends of the plastic spray arm, and water jetting out of these holes pushed water out the opening at the center of the door bottom seal. Replacing the spray arm fixed it. This is a $20 part.

Posted on Nov 09, 2009

  • EddieFC Aug 16, 2011

    Good advice, but how does one prevent it from happening again?

  • Wannaberetired Oct 14, 2011

    My Frigidaire was leaking fromt he center area of the door. After spending $30 on lower seals I found my lower spray arm was split open on the ends. It almost looked like it was made that way. I went to an appliance parts store and looked at a new one and no slits in the end. The new one fixed the problem and it was $23.




  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I own 7 of these in rental apartments.

I had a leak and traced it to the float. Changed float same problem. There is NO seal adjustment on the float. Replaced entire machine.
This machine was 3 years old. I could be wrong here but I think that basic machine is used by several manufacturers and they have different doors.

I see these have been discontinued. Newer 18 wide ones are in the 500 range and totally redesigned. Metal tub too..

Just got email another same model one is leaking. UGH. I will look at it later in the week.

This little door you are all mentioning - if it warps as it ages could this be the issue? There is heat in there when it dries. Has anyone replaced that??

Posted on Aug 19, 2008

anthony james

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 640 Answers

If the unit has a foat inside make sure it moves freely it controls the amount of water in the unit.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

greg smith

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

My spray rod is melted from the heater rod im going to have to replace it cause i already replaced the lower door seal. Hopefully that will fix the leak at the vottom of the door?

Posted on Oct 26, 2014

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Why is my dishwasher leaking soap foam from the lower left area of the door?

A leaking dishwasher can be caused by excessive soapsuds. Excessive soapsuds are the most common reason dishwashers leak. Excessive soapsuds will cause dishwashers to leak from the door. Good dishwasher detergent will have no more than half inch of suds on top of the water. So any time your dishwasher is leaking from the door open the door, if there is more than a half inch of suds your problem is in your soap. One drop of hand soap, hand dish washing soap, or any other soap will cause dishwashers to leak. Now, I am not suggesting that you intentionally put this soap in the dishwasher because if you did the soapsuds would be from top-to-bottom of your dishwasher. Now if there are a lot of suds you can fix it by pouring vinegar or cold water into the dishwasher and running it, this will kill the subs.

Jul 08, 2013 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Miele G2020 Advanta Dishwasher Leak Help

follow this steps and fix it. God bless you

Water Inlet Valve

If the dishwasher is leaking water the water inlet valve might be defective. If the water inlet valve sticks open, it will allow water to fill the dishwasher continuously. Some customers report that they see clean water filling the bottom of the dishwasher after it's been sitting all night or for a couple of days. If this happens, turn off the water that is supplying the dishwasher. This is normally a valve under the kitchen sink. Then, replace the water inlet valve, it cannot be repaired. The water valve needs at least 20 lbs pressure to shut off properly. If your water pressure is to low replacing the valve may not solve the problem.


Center Wash Arm Assembly

If the dishwasher is leaking water, the center wash arm assembly might be cracked or split. This can allow a jet of water to spray toward the door seal, causing a leak. If a crack or split in the center wash arm assembly is found, replace it. There isn't any glue that will hold the part together inside the dishwasher.

Lower Wash Arm Assembly

If the dishwasher is leaking water the lower wash arm assembly might be defective. If the lower wash arm has a crack or split on the end, it can force water to spray directly toward the lower part of the dishwasher door. Then, the water can be forced under the door and onto the floor. Check the lower wash arm for any cracks or splits and replace it if necessary. Also make sure the screws are tight in the wash arm support. If the screws are loose, water can spray out the side of the pump and cause a leak.

Upper Wash Arm Assembly

If the upper wash arm assembly is broken or cracked it can cause water to spray very forcefully toward the seams of the door, causing a leak.

Door Seal

Every dishwasher door has a door seal. If the dishwasher is leaking water, it might be that the door seal is defective or worn out. Try closing the dishwasher door on a dollar bill and see if the door seal is making good contact all the way around the door. If not, replace the door seal. If the door seal is good or has been replaced and there is still a leak check the door hinges. If the hinges are bent the door will not close properly and the hinges will need to be replaced.

Dishwasher Door Gasket

Every dishwasher door has a door seal. If the dishwasher is leaking water, it might be that the door seal is defective or worn out. Try closing the dishwasher door on a dollar bill and see if the door seal is making good contact all the way around the door. If not, replace the door seal.

Jun 14, 2013 | Miele Dishwashers

1 Answer

My dishwasher is leaking out the front. It drips from the lower left hand corner. Any suggestions to what is causing the leak?

Either the tub gasket needs replacement (item 3) in this diagram. or the door base gasket needs replacement. Alternatively, the door vent seal could be leaking. Item 4 in this diagram.

Hope this helps.

Jan 10, 2011 | Kenmore Elite Stainless Steel 24" BuiltIn...

1 Answer

Our Maytag dishwasher model MDB4000 leaks from the door, but not every use. The leak started just on the left corner, but now sometimes leaks from the middle. The diswasher is 12 years old.

Usually this is caused by a bad door seal.
It can easily be removed and replaced.

If this helps you, please select YES to the first two ratings questions. Thank you, and Good Luck.

Oct 13, 2009 | Maytag MDB6000 Dishwasher

1 Answer

Door of dishwasher is leaking at bottom left corner.

HI. the door seal has been compromised. it could be simply farad or slightly propped open by some sort of debris as well. check the door seal for faults. replace if faults are found.

Also, make sure the door isn't mis-aligned. this will happen over time during heavy usage. re align the door if necessary.

Sep 22, 2009 | Frigidaire Dishwashers

1 Answer

Dishwasher leaking

just an idea...if i'm understanding you correctly,could the door seal be creased there or folded over by use and age to permit this to happen? cause you said nothing is missing

Aug 28, 2009 | Whirlpool Gold 24 in. Built-In Dishwasher...

1 Answer


Have the same dishwasher and happens sometimes to mine when the door doesn't close properly because it is hitting the cabinet front. Try pulling up and forward from the bottom of the door when it is closed. if the bottom comes forward this could make the difference and stop the leak.

Jan 25, 2009 | GE Nautilus 24" Built-in Dishwasher

1 Answer

Door leaks on the floor in front of my dishwasher

1. make sure dishwasher is level front to back and side to side.
2. check the main washer arm (WD22X154) on the bottom side for leaks. If you use heated dry, the heating elements can cause the part of the spray arm directly over it to soften and eventually leak. When water comes out that leak it can spray at the bottom of the door, splashing water inside it and resulting in your leak.
3. if 1 and 2 OK, watch how you load the lower rack. If dishes or a bowl direct water from the lower wash arm to spray against the bottom of the door, especially at the center of the door bottom, the resulting splash inside the door allows water to hit the outer door panel and drip out a one or both corners of the door.

Dec 07, 2008 | GE 24 in. GSD2220Z Built-in Dishwasher

3 Answers

GE Nautilus

make sure the door is not hitting on cabinet when shut.

Dec 31, 2007 | GE Nautilus 24" Built-in Dishwasher

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dishwashers Logo

Related Topics:

16,446 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dishwashers Experts


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

18378 Answers

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

6120 Answers

Are you a Dishwasher Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides