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jobeppo 11-12-2012 08:54 AM

Dishwasher Leaking?
Just noticed leaking in the basement and i am 80% sure its the dish washer ..any idea where i can start? I assume by 1st pulling out of its cubby under the cabinet.

Thanks much!
Joe D.

nealtw 11-12-2012 10:04 AM

The kick panel at the bottom of the dishwasher can be removed. From there you may be able to see if it is a supply or drain problem.

CallMeVilla 11-12-2012 04:54 PM

I've seen this before ... often it is the seal around the door or a leakage in the supply/drain hoses. Sometimes, it is a simple as having something in the door when it was closed, causing a leak. It can get as complex as a cracked seal . . .

Just gotta get down on your knees and start hunting. Remove the kickplate then turn on the DW. Get your big flashlight and scan the underside for leaks. Pay close attention to the door seal. Proceed as necessary.;)

jeff1 11-12-2012 08:08 PM



any idea where i can start?
Make, model#, approx age?


I assume by 1st pulling out of its cubby under the cabinet
On some makes, yes, but normally nope.

Remove access panals and have a sit a cycle...


Austin 11-13-2012 10:03 AM

Have you changed soaps recently?

Wuzzat? 11-13-2012 04:07 PM

I spread dry newspaper underneath and check it; how often depends on how many drops per day you are losing.
The paper gives you "the X-Y coordinates" of the leak but sometimes the water runs along horizontally before it drops down.

notmrjohn 11-15-2012 12:21 PM

To really find the "X-Y coordinates" spread graph paper under there.

Disconnect the washer and/or turn off breaker. Remove access panel, take a look, you might see leak.
Turn off water supply. Dry it all out under there with fan and hair dryer. Then spread your paper. If floor is wet you'll never see the drips. Turn on water supply. Check for leak.
Run it thru a cycle and watch. Stop cycle when unit is full but before it starts wash. Check
Run thru wash, stop before drain cycle. Check
Let it drain. Check.
If water is running across frame or something before dripping DO NOT go reaching up under there trying to find where its coming from without turning breaker off first. If leak seems to be high and running down, use paper towel strips wrapped around and tucked in places, and start high and work down till it gets wet.

Door seals dry out, get bent out of shape. Gunk can build up at the bottom between door and seal where you can't see it without sticking your head in there.
If your power and water lines are long enough. pull it out from under cabinet and run a cycle where you can get a good look.

Check that every hose and water connection is tight, including drain hose connection under sink. Check for pinholes, cracks in hoses.

Wuzzat? 11-15-2012 01:23 PM


Originally Posted by notmrjohn (Post 80073)
To really find the "X-Y coordinates" spread graph paper under there.

I stand corrected! :D

1" x 1" squares should provide enough precision.
Should I start hiring illegals to print up these things for the dishwasher industry? Maybe I should first hire a lobbyist. . .:(

jobeppo 11-16-2012 09:48 AM

picture of leaking
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Hi, Thank you all for your replies of support... Well its a Sears Kenmore Model 363.14074790,

I opened up the kick plate and gave the dishwasher a start up and was able to see the leaking. I have attached a picture. Looks like its dripping right out the bottom of what looks to be a motor / pump ?? Seems to stop and go with regards to cycling.

CallmeVilla metioned a cracked Seal..???

Still in process...will be sure to keep updating here as I can get time and make the progress on this one..

Have a great Day.

jeff1 11-16-2012 09:51 PM


A GE built Kenmore.

Leaking at the motor and pump assembly.
*Some* may be rebuilt with new seals, some cannot if too rusted or such.
Dishwasher motor and pump kit. Note: This part may not look like your old motor and pump assembly. It is a new kit designed by the manufacturer. Manufacturer Number WD26X10013


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