why is my dishwasher leaking

Why is my Dishwasher Leaking?

A leaky dishwasher is extremely problematic since this appliance relies on water in order to function. With so many working parts involved in each wash cycle, it can be tricky to figure out which one is at fault. Here are some of the most common reasons for dishwasher leaks.

A Leaky Door

If the door latch is loose, bent or no longer latching properly, it can result in the dishwasher door not closing as tightly as it should. In some cases, you may need to tighten the latch. If there is significant damage or wear, it is best that the latch is replaced. Another common problem is a worn gasket. This part ensures a perfect seal all around and, if it is no longer in perfect shape, you will notice water seeping out. Like a damaged latch, worn gaskets should be replaced right away.

A Leaky Tub

This is a common problem that affects older dishwashers due to all the wear and tear that they have experienced over the years. A hole may have formed in the tub and this allows water to escape and end up under the appliance. Depending on just how attached you are to your dishwasher, it is sometimes best to replace rather than repairing it in this case.

Valve Damage

Each hose connection has its own valve which helps control the flow of water. This includes the drain hoses. If you notice a leak, it is important that you check all hose connections to make sure that they are not worn, damaged or loose. If they are loose, tighten them right away. If you notice cracks, have them replaced promptly.

Poor Alignment

Like other appliances, it is essential that your dishwasher is level. Even if the ground is not level, you can still adjust the legs underneath the appliance until it is perfectly level. This will help prevent water from pooling under the appliance.

Improper Detergent Use

If you plan on using regular dish soap in your dishwasher, think again! Dishwasher detergent is designed for use in dishwashers. If you use regular dish soap, it can create too many bubbles and this can put pressure on the door gasket which can result in leaks.


The float valve is responsible for detecting just how much water has entered the appliance. Once it reaches a certain level, the dishwasher should stop filling. If this valve is not sealing properly or if there are drain issues, your dishwasher could end up overfilling. If this is the case, the faulty part or parts will need to be replaced in order to solve the problem.

If you are experiencing any trouble with your dishwasher, contact Care & Repair at (647) 812-2863. Our team of skilled technicians is available throughout the Greater Toronto Area and we always arrive promptly and prepared to fix the fault on the spot. We work on all makes and models and our team understands just how important your home appliances are to you and our goal is always to complete repairs during our initial visit.