Dishwasher doors are easy to open and when they are closed, they are sealed shut so no water can come out. When you walk into your kitchen and find water all over the floor, you may determine that your dishwasher is no longer performing its job. You can either buy a replacement or fix what’s wrong with yours. Most of the time, it’s more affordable to fix the one you already have compared to purchasing a new one.
The door is almost always the culprit for water being on the floor. There are a few factors that can play a role in why there was a malfunction. You may not have noticed that the door was hard to close because you were in a hurry to get the dishwasher to go. If a door is hard to close, these are the most common reasons why:
– Broken or old latch: The latch may not be making connection the way it was designed to because over time, the constant opening and closing has allowed debris to build up in the latch inside. Over time, this debris has built up to the point that now it can’t make connection and seal itself up. You can fix this by simply cleaning the latch up inside and removing the debris. If that still don’t work, replace the latch and it will be as good as new.
– Broken/Dirty Gasket: The gasket is very important on a dishwasher. It’s main job is to form a seal when the door is closed so the water cannot leak out. Over time, a gasket can become corroded with dirt and residue or it can become cracked and brittle so it breaks off easily. While it may go a few rounds without leaking, eventually you are going to see water on the floor. If this happens, you should first find the main gasket located around the perimeter of the dishwasher door. It’s even a good idea to wipe this gasket down every month to remove any debris that may become trapped over time. When you wipe it off with a damp cloth, be sure to observe the condition of the gasket. If you see cracks or breaks, replace the gasket as soon as possible or call a professional to replace it for you.
Problems with Installation
If you are installing your dishwasher, there are a few things you can do to make the installation process a success. First, make sure that the dishwasher is placed in a level location. If it’s not level, the dishwasher levels will be off. Another problem that can occur when the dishwasher is not level is that the vibration from the wash cycles can cause the dishwasher to tip further and this can cause the water to leak.
To fix this problem, use a level during installation to ensure that the dishwasher is level. Following these simple tips will ensure that your dishwasher will not only run correctly but efficiently as well. Don’t replace your unit unless you know you have tried everything to fix what you already own. Call on appliance repair service in San Diego County for more advice.