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 Posted: Sat Sep 11th, 2010 01:39 pm
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Our (almost) 4-year old dishwasher has been leaking off and on over the course of a couple of months.  The water (not a lot... maybe a 1/4 cup) was usually found under the left corner of the door.  It was usually clear, but occasionally was darker.

As the leak became more constant, I did an initial investigation and found that the door gasket had become stretched and chewed up in the left lower corner.

I then popped off the front panel and could see that - as the little channel at the bottom of the inner door panel filled with water - it would slosh out once in a while and leak down the inside of the left hinge.

So I replaced the gasket and the first night there were no leaks.

The second night, it started leaking again and is back to sometimes leaking and sometimes not.

I checked spray arms (top and bottom) and I don't see any problems.  The upper vent seems completely clean.

Since the leak happens without detergent in there, I think that can be ruled out.

I popped the exterior door panel off again and found that the leak was now on the outside of the left hinge and was originating at the top of the door on the left side. If I pressed on the top left corner, the leak would stop... and start on the right side.

Looking at the top plastic console assembly, I noticed that the screws to the latch were loose so I tightened them. 

Rather, I tried to.  The first did, but the second wouldn't.  So, I undid all of the screws holding the assembly on and found that the screw wasn't holding because the molded plastic female end was broken.  The screw that was holding wasn't into plastic in much better shape.

Am I correct to assume that replacing this assembly (looks to be ~$115) should make the leak stop?

The reason I hesitate is because I also noted that the inner door panel seems to be a little wavey (i.e. not fit all that well) *and* because there seemed to be some sort of higher heat event at some point.

While maybe not the brightest thing in hindsight, this dishwasher was installed under a formica over fiberboard countertop.  One morning, I noticed that the part of the countertop directly over the dishwasher's door vent was pretty warped.  Not sure if it just suddenly hit a threshold and popped out or if there was something extra warm and steamy that night.

Both the inner panel and the console assembly don't seem to have straight inner edges (like perhaps they are warped?), but then I'm not sure that they should.

On the other hand, the inner panel seems fairly flexible so it might conform back to a new, unwarped console assembly well enough.

So, given my long-winded excursion, it seems that going the console assembly route would have the best chance of fixing the problem.

Any thoughts (or have I about written them all down :P )?

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If your theory is correct then you should be able to puit a little additional pressure in the center of the door when the unit is washing and the leak should stop if it was from the door not shutting tightly.

Can't look your unit up at the moment, someone should reply back shortly.



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I'll try that this morning should it start leaking.

Since putting in the new door gasket, the door is decidedly harder to close.  It used to just click in, now it requires concerted pressure at the top center in order to get it to latch.

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That's common ...as the gasket conforms the door will become easier to close.



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As expected, the dishwasher didn't leak more than a drop on to the floor this time. 

It does seem to be dependent upon what dishes are placed on the bottom rack, and the last few times (with minimal to no leakage) have had shallow pots/pans there.

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Check the screws in the filter assembly to ensure they are tight




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Screws are tight.

It started leaking during a load this morning, a bit right away but then more during the 45-35 minutes remaining period.

Applying a lot of pressure to the top left of center of the door (console assembly) stopped the dripping on the left lower corner (without causing dripping on the right lower corner as applying pressure to the left upper corner had done).

It should be noted that the latch screw still in place is the one on the left side, so I was a bit surprised applying more pressure on that side would yield any results.  I initially started right of center, then moved gradually to the left until I found a spot that stopped the dripping.

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And your sure you installed the gasket correctly? It can be installed backwards.



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Yes, I am sure.  Though the new one was a bit different than the old one, I got the extra fancy kit with pictorial instructions and sealant.

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Ran the dishwasher again last night, and it did not appear to leak much if at all this time.

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It has been leak-free for the past week, so could it have been just an issue with the new gasket seating in properly (the process slowed by the console assembly not applying as much pressure due to the latch issues)?

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s2zeller wrote: It has been leak-free for the past week, so could it have been just an issue with the new gasket seating in properly (the process slowed by the console assembly not applying as much pressure due to the latch issues)?
I stand corrected. 

My wife came down while the dishwasher was winding down and found that the paper towel/pan that we were using to catch any leaks was - in fact - sopping.

Apparently, they may have been drying out by the time I check them in the morning.

So, since it is still leaking, I plan on ordering a replacement console assembly to see if that fixes the problem... unless someone has anything else I should be looking at.

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It has been about two weeks or so since I installed a replacement console assembly (the plastic piece running along the top that houses the control unit, handle, latch, etc.), and that appears to have stopped the leaks.

When I took the old assembly off, I found that the top 4 screw holes (as well as the upper clip holding the control unit cover) were all mostly broken.

It was also interesting to note that the new assembly had two plastic tabs at its base, presumably to reduce flexure when closing the door.  Since my unit did not have mating holes in the metal door panel, I had to remove those (per the instructions that came with the assembly).

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