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If your dishwasher is leaking, you may be able to switch to hand washing for a while — but with a busy schedule and upcoming dinner parties on the horizon, you might want to make sure your dishwasher is up and running. Besides, if you don't fix that leak soon, it will only get worse. That's why it's smart to pinpoint the problem and have it repaired as soon as possible.
Luckily, your local factory-trained specialist at GE Appliance Factory Service can give your GE dishwasher the attention it needs. We know everything there is to know about how GE appliances work and how to fix them. We also make sure to travel with a full inventory of Genuine GE Appliance Parts, so it generally won't take more than one service call to fix your leaky dishwasher.*
Here are a few reasons your appliance may be leaking — all of which our skilled technicians can handle during a service call, which you can schedule online.
Locating the problem
Your dishwasher is one of those appliances you get easily attached to and take for granted until you remember what it's like to not have one. Eventually, daily use is bound to take its toll and worn down parts will often cause leaks. You've made sure the dishwasher is level, the door is closing properly and you aren't using too much detergent, so what could the problem be?
- A defective pump: The function of the pump is to circulate and help drain water from the dishwasher. It sits at the bottom of the machine and consists of two compartments — one for the wash cycle and one for draining. Over time, age and detergents can dry out the rubber gasket that seals the pump to the bottom of the tub, causing a leak. Seals don't last forever, so replacing them is a good way to give your dishwasher new life.
- Old door gasket seal: If water is leaking around the front of the dishwasher, there's most likely a problem with the soft vinyl or rubber seal that goes around the opening of the dishwasher to create a watertight seal. If the seal is old, it might have become brittle and unable to seal properly. The door latch could also be the issue if it's not secure.
- Damaged water inlet valve: As the valve that feeds water from the home's main water line into the dishwasher, this is a common source of leaks. If the supply connection is not secure or the hose that connects to the dishwasher is cracked, that could be your problem.
- Faulty float and float switch: Used as a safety device to prevent the dishwasher from overfilling with water, the float and float switch are activated when the right level of water is reached. If they aren't working properly, your dishwasher could overflow, causing excess water to leak out onto the floor.
- Loose hose clamps and hoses: Hose clamps secure the drain hose and the circulating hose to the dishwasher pump. If they've come loose or the hoses have cracked, that could be the cause of the leak.
Fix that leak ASAP
Many dishwasher leaks have simple causes, but that doesn't mean they are always easy to fix. Rather than spending time searching for the leak on your own, call GE Appliance Factory Service to get your dishwasher back into working order as soon as possible. Our local professionals know GE dishwashers inside out — and they can get most jobs within a single service call.*
*GE Appliances technicians carry an extensive parts inventory on their service trucks. In the event a part is not available on the service truck, an additional service call may be required.