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Why is my dishwasher leaking?

Discover what is causing your dishwasher to leak

When you notice a leak coming from your home dishwasher, Bodewell has the support to help you respond fast. When your home is protected by Bodewell, our technicians can support you immediately via a video call and help you swiftly diagnose the source of your leak. Looking for preventative guidance for your dishwasher? Here are the most common reasons why your dishwasher may be leaking. 

1. Loose vent cap

Your dishwasher removes moisture by funneling steam out its vent during its heat dry cycle. The dishwasher’s vent cap aids this process, but if it is loose, water will leak out of the dishwasher door. You can easily fix this kind of leak by hand tightening your dishwasher’s vent cap.   

Your dishwasher removes moisture by funneling steam out its vent during its heat dry cycle. The dishwasher’s vent cap aids this process, but if it is loose, water will leak out of the dishwasher door. You can easily fix this kind of leak by hand tightening your dishwasher’s vent cap.   

2. Clogged air gap

If water is leaking from the air gap, it may be clogged with debris. To inspect and clean the air gap, turn the dishwasher off. Remove the chrome cover from the air gap and unscrew or unsnap the plastic cap below. Clean out any debris and replace the cap and cover. 

If water is leaking from the air gap, it may be clogged with debris. To inspect and clean the air gap, turn the dishwasher off. Remove the chrome cover from the air gap and unscrew or unsnap the plastic cap below. Clean out any debris and replace the cap and cover. 

3. Damaged door gasket

The door gasket of your dishwasher is what ensures your appliance gets an airtight seal during a washing cycle. If you notice water collecting around the perimeter of the door, cleaning the gasket can solve the problem. More serious damage like warps and tears will require a new door gasket to be installed by a professional.  

The door gasket of your dishwasher is what ensures your appliance gets an airtight seal during a washing cycle. If you notice water collecting around the perimeter of the door, cleaning the gasket can solve the problem. More serious damage like warps and tears will require a new door gasket to be installed by a professional.  

4. Loose hose clamp

Water pooling under the dishwasher is a sign your appliance’s hose clamp could be loose. Have an expert inspect the hoses over a video call for your convenience or schedule an in-person appointment to service your machine. 

Water pooling under the dishwasher is a sign your appliance’s hose clamp could be loose. Have an expert inspect the hoses over a video call for your convenience or schedule an in-person appointment to service your machine. 

5. Excess detergent

Overfilling your dishwasher with detergent can do more harm than good to your appliance. Make sure you follow your machine’s fill limits and only use detergents approved for your make and model of dishwasher.

Overfilling your dishwasher with detergent can do more harm than good to your appliance. Make sure you follow your machine’s fill limits and only use detergents approved for your make and model of dishwasher.

Troubleshooting your dishwasher

A leaking dishwasher may only be a symptom of more appliance problems. Find out how to solve common dishwasher issues with our troubleshooting guide. And when it’s time for professional help, call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today. 

A leaking dishwasher may only be a symptom of more appliance problems. Find out how to solve common dishwasher issues with our troubleshooting guide. And when it’s time for professional help, call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today. 

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