A leaky dishwasher can be a number of things: messy, inconvenient, annoying and wasteful. But above all, a leaky dishwasher is a dangerous safety hazard. As a homeowner, it can be difficult to tell what exactly is causing the leak – which is why you should get a plumber on board immediately to assess your equipment. Since we are trusted plumbers in Dandenong, today we’re sharing a few quick things your plumber will typically check to fix a leaky dishwasher.
#1: The filter is full of gunk
The dishwasher filter is responsible for catching all the food and other matter that gets washed off your dishes. If it hasn’t been cleaned for a while, there’s a good chance these substances have built up. A build-up of debris means your filter cannot perform properly, hence causing a leak. Even if your dishwasher isn’t leaking, it’s important to clean the filter once a month (always ensure the power is switched off at the mains before cleaning).
#2: The gasket is worn out
The gasket – also known as the dishwasher door seal – can age over time due to constant water exposure. This causes the seal to become coarse and brittle, reducing its capacity to remain watertight – thus causing a leak. It’s worth checking your dishwasher to see if this is the issue. You should also check the door latch to ensure it’s closing properly. If you notice any damage, let your plumber know and they’ll be able to tackle the problem head-on as soon as possible.
#3: There’s a loose water inlet valve
This valve is what helps connect your home’s water line to your dishwasher. Unfortunately, if it’s not tight enough or if it’s broken, you’re probably going to have a dishwasher that doesn’t just leak, but also doesn’t clean your dishes properly. While this can be frustrating, don’t lose hope: this is usually an easy fix for our plumbers in Dandenong and Melbourne’s south-east.
#4: The float switch isn’t working
The float switch is what prevents your dishwasher from overfilling with water, as it uses a level sensor to detect the amount of liquid in the container. But if there’s a problem with the float switch, your dishwasher can easily overflow as it won’t be able to drain properly. A plumber will be able to check the float switch for you in case it needs to be replaced.
#5: The hose clamps are damaged
The hose clamps help to secure the drain hose and circulating hose to the dishwasher pump, so if the clamps are damaged or loose, water will escape through these tiny cracks and cause a leak. In some cases, your plumber will simply be able to tighten the clamps. However, if the clamps are damaged, they will need to be replaced and refitted by a professional residential plumber.
#6: You’re using the wrong detergent
Regular dishwashing liquid can’t be used in a dishwasher because it’s too soapy, and (more often than not) causes dishwashers to leak. Even if you are only using dishwashing liquid to rinse your plates before putting them in, once you turn the load on, the residue soap can foam up quickly and put pressure on your dishwasher seals until they give way. This mistake is simple to avoid – just stick to dishwasher-safe liquids or tablets.
#7: The dishwasher pump is faulty
Pumps assist with water circulation and drainage in the dishwasher. If it’s faulty or if the seal is broken, this could be a key reason why your dishwasher is leaking. Upon inspection by a plumber, you’ll be advised on the best way to approach your damaged pump – but usually it involves a simple pump replacement before your dishwasher is up and running again.
Fix your dishwasher with the help of residential plumbers in Dandenong
Still can’t work out why your dishwasher is leaking? That’s a sign it’s time to call a professional plumber onto the scene.
JPG Plumbing is a family-run plumbing business dedicated to improving the operations of local Melbourne homes and businesses. Our service areas encompass most south-east suburbs of Melbourne and beyond, so whether you need plumbers in Dandenong or in Clifton Hill, we’ll be able to meet your needs with the utmost urgency, friendliness and quality workmanship.
To enquire about our premium workmanship provided by our plumbers in Dandenong, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0400 978 442, where we offer 24/7 emergency support. You can also fill out an enquiry form online to find out more.