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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 05:50 pm
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I bought this dishwasher in August of 1999.  There has never been any leakage problems until now. 

In an effort to figure out the problem, I decided to monitor a wash cycle by sitting in front of the dishwasher and observed that there is no leak during the actual washing/rinsing portion of a complete dishwasher cycle. 

When the dishwasher begin draining, there is a deluge of water pouring out between the bottom of the door and the access panel.

Any ideas on what I should look at would be appreciated.

Thanks, Paul 

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Are you sure the leak is occurring during the drain cycle? Possible you're mistaking it for a different cycle?

If sure, then kill power, open control panel, by-pass the door switch with a jumper wire, re-apply power, pour water in the basin and then start the dishwasher in the pumpout cycle (there's an initial pumpout that occurs at the beginning of the cycle, could use that one) and watch with the door open so you can see from whence the leak originates.

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I followed your instructions, and there was NO leak during the drain cycle when the door was open.  What advice do you have?  Should I replace the bottom door seal?

Thanks, Paul

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Ok, then we're dealing with a conventional leaks-during-wash problem. Common culprits:

- gookus in the spray arms redirecting a jet of water against the door seal. remove, clean, replace.

- bad door seal:
http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=747581



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Also check for loose screws (#3) under the lower sprayarm on this model, will blow water past the seal (#13) and out the door if the screws are loose:

Attachment: Loose Screws.jpg (Downloaded 30 times)

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The dishwasher is now functioning perfectly!

It turns out that the problem was due to loading an item on the lower rack that pushed the connector tube apart from the spray arm manifold that supplies water to the upper rack spray assembly. The water pressure was obviously too strong for the door seal to prevent a water leak.

Thanks for all your help!!!

Paul

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