Dishwasher: Leaking

Don't ignore a leak from your dishwasher-water can quickly damage your flooring or subflooring. If water leaks from the bottom of the door, a damaged or stuck spray arm could be causing a wave action inside the washer tub that has water sloshing over the front lip of the tub. Check the spray arms for damage and make sure they spin freely after loading the dishwasher. Other causes of leaks from around the front door include a loose or broken door hinge and a damaged door seal.

Leaks under the dishwasher can be caused by a leaking drain line, broken heating element water seal, leaking pump and motor assembly or leak in the water inlet assembly.

For more help finding the source of the leak, check out our dishwasher leaks troubleshooting video.

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These repairs may help solve your dishwasher problem

Replace the dishwasher door seal

Replace the dishwasher door seal

Replace the door seal, or tub gasket, if you find water leaking from the opening to the tub. Water usually leaks from the lower sides of the dishwasher door when the tub gasket is leaking. The tub gasket can be damaged or worn out and is usually visibly damaged if it needs to be replaced.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door seal

Water seeping through the edges of the dishwasher could mean it's time to replace the door seal, also called a tub gasket. It's a pretty easy DIY job. This repair guide and video explain how to do it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher drain line

Replace the dishwasher drain line

Replace the drain line-also called the drain hose-if it develops a hole or tear. Holes in the drain hose cause the dishwasher to leak, especially when the dishwasher is draining.

April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher drain hose

Water leaking from under a dishwasher could mean the drain hose cracked or split. This step-by-step DIY repair guide shows you how to replace a leaking drain hose.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element if it's visibly broken or not heating properly. If the heating element isn't visibly broke, check for a wiring failure, control failure or a blown fuse in the heating circuit before replacing the heating element-those issues could also be responsible for the heating element not working properly.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher heating element

Your dishwasher gives some clear clues if the dishwasher's heating element stops working: the water doesn't get hot (no steamy kitchen) or your dishes don't dry. You can replace the heating element in less than an hour, following the steps in this DIY repair guide and video.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly

Replace the dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly

Several situations can require the replacing the circulation pump and motor assembly in a dishwasher. If the motor on the circulation pump fails, then the dishwasher pump won't run at all. Sometimes the motor runs but doesn't generate water pressure through the spray arms, because the damaged impeller or pump housing is damaged. The pump housing and/or the seals could also deteriorate or become damaged, causing the dishwasher to leak. Problems inside the pump and motor assembly can create abnormal noises in the dishwasher. In all these situations, the pump and motor usually must be replaced.

How to replace a dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly

When the dishwasher spray arm won't spray, the problem could be the circulation pump or the pump motor. Installing a new dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly costs about as much as just replacing the motor, and is easier. This DIY repair guide with video shows how to replace the pump and motor assembly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher water inlet assembly

Replace the dishwasher water inlet assembly

The water inlet assembly is an apparatus that is mounted to the side of the dishwasher tub near the water inlet valve. It receives water from the water inlet valve and directs it into the dishwasher tub through a vented opening. If the vent or the connecting hose is clogged, then the inlet assembly will need to be repaired or replaced.

Replace the dishwasher door hinge

Replace the dishwasher door hinge

The dishwasher door hinge is attached to a spring. It pivots on a pin to allow the door to open and close in a controlled manner. If the door hinge is damaged, it won't allow the door to open and close properly. In that situation, replace the door hinge.

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

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Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan failure
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Repair guides common to all dishwashers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dishwasher.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher diverter motor

Upper spray arms not getting water? The diverter motor could be broken. Use this guide to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher high-limit thermostat

Follow these steps to replace the high-limit thermostat in your dishwasher if prevents the heating element from heating.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher vent and fan assembly

If the control panel goes blank, the fan could be to blame. Replace the vent and fan assembly using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dishwasher.

September 29, 2016
Dishwasher not draining video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn where to check for and remove clogs to get your dishwasher draining again.

September 28, 2016
Dishwasher has no power video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Sometimes you just plain forget to turn the dishwasher switch on, but you might also need to check for faulty wire connections or user interface control.

September 20, 2016
How to anchor a dishwasher to the floor video
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Use a floor-mounting kit to fasten your dishwasher to the floor.