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Fixing a Dishwasher That Leaks From the Bottom of the Door

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Today I am going to show you how to fix a leaking dishwasher door. If your dishwasher is leaking from the corners here underneath the door, chances are it’s the gasket that is the problem, it’s the seal that goes around the door. If your dishwasher has a leak coming from underneath the dishwasher, creeping out of the kitchen floor, you need to remove this panel and you probably have a failed hose or a failed pump. That would be a different How To article. In the meantime, if you do find yourself with a failed pump and you’re not sure what to do, you can always call in a professional like the guys at Appliance Masters (http://lasvegasappliancemasters.com/)to help you..

In this one, what you do is you open your dishwasher and you can see this black trim going all the way around. Sometimes that can get damaged or just smashed, so that’s what needs to be replaced.  Before we do that, make sure that these screws around the door are tightened. If they are sticking up and you are trying to close the door, it’s going to push the door away from the main body of the dishwasher and it’s going to create a gap in which the water can come out.

So if those screws are loose, tighten them and that might be what fixes your problem. In my case, you can see this gasket is smashed and damaged, it has a hole in it. It’s really easy to take out, you just yank it and that’s it. To order a new one, you are going to need to know your model type and if you open the door and look right here on the sticker, you can see this model number there. You don’t need the serial number, just the model number. So go online, type in your dishwasher model number and you can type in door gasket.

I’ve got mine from Amazon at about thirty-five dollars and in this parts bag they include this latch that’s for the top of the door, underneath the cabinet. This is just to replace it, if you have an old plastic one, because those fail. So if you have a metal one and it’s all working fine, you just throw the new latch that they give you away and don’t worry about it. Here you can see the old gasket and the new one, they’re not an exact match at all, it works anyway, but… The old one is actually thicker and probably constructed a bit better than the new ones.

It has a very thin wall that can probably easily get ripped, but… And if you notice, the barbs are also different, they don’t look the same. And before I do the real install, here is how it inserts, you can see it just fits in this little groove.  So tuck it in tight on the bottom corner and just work your way up. You’ll probably have to go back and forth a few times, making sure it’s in.  It’s not hard at all to fit this in, except the corners. They take a little bit of work. You need to pull it as you push it in.

That gets rid of the extra slack and it makes a nice corner. So just keep working it all the way across the top, pushing in every spot. I am not pulling tight, except for the corners, I pull it a little bit. Here on this corner, you can see that is not how you want it to look, that is not going to do a good job sealing. On this side, you can see it went in just right. So pull it out and when you smashing it in, pull on it a little bit and that will stretch it, so that the corner is nice and straight and not wobbly.

And just feed it all the way down into the bottom and you can get a pair of scissors and cut off the rest. Smash it down in the corner and that’s about it. I hope that’s been helpful to you, if so, please click Like, and feel free to share this with anyone you know who may be able to benefit from it.

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