Dishwasher Leaking From Bottom | Door

Photo of a man working on a dishwasher leaking out of the bottom

If you service enough dishwasher sooner or later you're going to find a dishwasher that appears to be leaking from the bottom with no obvious signs of a problem.

There are plenty of things that will cause a dishwasher to leak water and most of those are pretty obvious. However in this article we will discuss one particular cause that is not so obvious.

Make sure that you do not have an oversudsing issue with the dishwasher. A dishwasher that is oversudsing will flood suds out of the bottom of the door along with plenty of water. For more information about a dishwasher that is oversudsing, click here

Before you start to troubleshoot a dishwasher leaking out of the bottom, find out how long the dishwasher has been in this location. Was the dishwasher moved out for any particular reason or was it just installed.

Sometimes when a dishwasher is not installed properly it could sit to one side of the cabinet opening slightly. It will not be obvious until you try to slowly close the door. If the door comes in contact with the cabinet on either side, there is a good possibility that the gasket in that area will not seal properly. When that happens water will bypass the gasket and run down to the bottom of the dishwasher causing most folks to think the problem is in the pump area.

Dishwasher door latches are not that strong and gaskets on dishwashers are not very hearty. Therefore the slightest tug on the dishwasher door from the cabinet could cause it to flex out of square and leak.