3 Common Causes for a Leaky Dishwasher

3 Common Causes for a Leaky Dishwasher

Elizabeth Giorgi
Jul 3, 2013

We just purchased a brand spanking new dishwasher for our home - sleek chrome, touch screen buttons and all. Almost immediately the coveted kitchen appliance exhibited signs of leakage. Turns out, even the newest dishwashers can experience overflow caused by three common user mistakes...

When water and soap are leaking out of the dishwasher, there are three common sources to check before calling a plumber:

1. Incompatible soaps: Believe it or not, the organic, lavender infused soap with a $10 price tag might be the worst thing ever for your dishwasher. The owners manual will usually include a recommendation or two for compatible soaps which are verified for cleaning dishes effectively with your specific model.

2. Overuse build-up: If the dishwasher is operated with too much soap or with the wrong soap, left over residue may build-up inside the appliance. Run a hot water rinse a few times to lessen this build-up and then use less soap in the future.

3. Clogged drain: A dishwasher drain isn't all that different from a drain in your sink. The only difference is most people don't know where to find it. Consult the owner's manual and carefully check for any food particles. Inspect regularly.

It turned out my dishwasher was leaking because I was using a very fancy organic soap brand incompatible with our dishwasher. It was a big no-no, which caused a huge mess and a tough lesson learned. The good news is I realized the mistake before any serious damage was done, but it's a helpful reminder to hold onto those owners manuals and consult them regularly.

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