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How to troubleshoot and fix a leaking dishwasher

Posted by Eric Splitt on

A leaking dishwasher can cost you thousands in repairs.  Not to mention the additional risk of mold and structural damage done over time by the water.

Consider this post a PSA to get down on the floor right now and check yours out.  It could literally save you thousands of dollars.

Most dishwashers only last 7-10 years so it's expected that they will die at some point.  If you are lucky, it will be an electronic malfunction.  But for most people, it will be waking up to a pool of water on the floor.  Or worse, the silent killer, dripping slowly over time going undetected until severe damage has been done.

One of the most common issues is with the inlet valve.  It's a simple electronic part that allows water to flow into the dishwasher.  When they go bad, they often will leak water.  In my case, it was dripping onto the hardwood floor but instead of running out where we could see it, it penetrated between the floorboards and soaked our subflooring.  It also ran back and soaked the drywall and then dripped down into the basement.

To help you find part numbers and order the correct replacement check out Appliance Parts Pros.  They are super helpful.

Watch this video and I'll walk you through every moment from when we discovered the leak all the way through how to fix it.  You get to be a fly on the wall, see how my brain works when troubleshooting, and learn just how easy it is to fix your own dishwasher.

Detect Water from a Leaking Appliance Right Away

One thing you can do to protect yourself is to have a leak detector alarm under your dishwasher.

These First Alert Water Alarms are a great affordable option that you can install under your dishwasher, water heater, clothes washer, or even under your sink cabinets.




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