It’s the middle of a dinner party and you go to the kitchen to get another dish only to find your KitchenAid dishwasher is leaking water all over the floor! This can not only ruin your night but it can also give you a ton of hassle dealing with potential water damage. So what’s going on? Why is your KitchenAid dishwasher leaking water? We have some common causes of dishwasher leaks and how to fix them.
How to Fix a KitchenAid Dishwasher Leaking
If you find your KitchenAid dishwasher leaks water, the first thing you should do is turn it off. If the dishwasher is still on, it will continue to leak water and potentially cause even more damage. Once you’ve turned it off, take a look at where the water is coming from. Is it coming from the door, from the hose, or from somewhere else? Once you know where the water is coming from, it’s time to start troubleshooting.
1. Loose, Clogged, or Damaged Hoses
One common cause of dishwasher leaks is a clogged or damaged hose. The hoses that dishwashers use to connect to the water supply can become loose or damaged over time, which may result in leaks. The drain hose coming out of the dishwasher can be damaged or even clogged with food particles or grease, which can also cause leaks. You should inspect your hoses regularly for any signs of wear or damage and replace them if necessary.
2. Faulty Door Gasket
Another common cause of KitchenAid dishwasher leaks is a faulty or dirty door gasket, which will usually cause water to leak out of the dishwasher from the front.
- If the gasket’s seal is having trouble because it’s too dirty, give it a good clean with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Then wipe it down with a soft cloth.
- If your door seal is damaged or worn out, you may need to replace the door seal. You can usually find replacements at your local hardware store or from the manufacturer. Check your owner’s manual to find the right one.
3. Latch Not Working
If your dishwasher’s latch is not working properly, it can cause the door to leak. Make sure that the latch is clean and free of any debris that could be preventing it from closing properly. Next, make sure it’s not bent or damaged. If it is, you may need to replace the latch.
4. Wrong Detergent
If you’re using the wrong type of detergent in your dishwasher, it can cause leaks. If you’re not using a dishwasher-specific detergent, it can cause suds to form which can then leak out of the dishwasher. Be sure to use only a dishwasher-specific detergent and follow the instructions on the package. Make sure never to use just regular dish soap meant for hand washing.
5. Dishwasher Isn’t Level
A dishwasher that isn’t level can cause water to overflow out of the tub and leak out. Use a level to make sure that your dishwasher is installed level. You will need to adjust the legs or feet of the dishwasher to get it level. Turn the legs clockwise to raise them and counter-clockwise to lower them.
Dishwasher leaks can be frustrating, but they don’t have to ruin your night. With a little troubleshooting, you should be able to figure out the cause of your KitchenAid dishwasher leaking. If this didn’t solve your problem, it’s best to call a professional dishwasher repair team like the experts at Maughanster for help. We can diagnose the problem and make sure it’s fixed properly. And for any other dishwasher issues take a look at our guides on how to fix dishwasher drainage issues, and what to do about a dishwasher not cleaning well.