If your Kenmore dishwasher’s leaking water, use the following seven troubleshooting steps to help you locate where the leak is coming from. So you can repair or replace the defective part or parts and get your dishwasher to function properly again.
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Step – (1.) Door Gasket
If your Kenmore dishwasher’s leaking water from around the door, you will need to troubleshoot the dishwasher’s door gasket. Is the rubber dried out and getting hard? Visually inspect for rips, tears or small holes in the gasket seal. Replace the door gasket if any of the mentioned damage is found.
Step – (2.) Water Inlet Valve
You will need to inspect the water inlet valve. If the inlet valve is stuck in the open position, the valve will over fill the dishwasher and cause it to leak water through the bottom of the door. If the valve is stuck in the on position, you will need to replace the valve to solve the problem.
Step – (3.) Hoses and Clamps
Inspect all of the hoses, hose ends and hose clamps. Are the hose ends all connected securely with the clamps? If you see any corrosion or white calcium build up around the hose clamps, this is a good sign of a leak. You might be able to tighten the clamp, but it is best to replace it with a new one. Be sure that you turn the water off to the dishwasher before removing any hose clamps or hoses.
Step – (4.) Spray Arm
A cracked or damaged dishwasher wash arm could be the reason why your dishwasher is leaking water from around the door. Inspect the spray arms for damage and replace them if any is found.
Step – (5.) Sump Seal
If water is leaking from the center bottom section of the dishwasher, you will need to examine the sump seal for leaks. If it is not leaking, examine the pump gasket and motor shaft seal and replace if they are leaking. If you have diagnosed that the sump has a faulty seal, it will need to be replaced with a new seal.
Step – (6.) Drain Pump Gasket
If there is water leaking from the center bottom section of the dishwasher, you will need to examine the pump gasket for leaks. If it is not leaking, examine the sump seal and motor shaft seal and replace if they are leaking. If you have diagnosed that the pump gasket is faulty, it will need to be replaced with a new gasket.
Step – (7.) Motor Shaft Seal
If you can see that water is leaking from the center bottom section of your dishwasher, you will need to visually inspect the motor shaft seal for leaks. If it is not leaking, examine the sump seal and pump gasket for leaks and replace them if they are leaking. If you have verified that the motor shaft seal is bad, it will need to be replaced with a new seal.