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Maintaining Your Home's Appliances Long-Term

It’s important to have your home’s appliances serviced and repaired on a regular basis to ensure optimal performance and to keep wear and tear to a minimum. Luckily, not all servicing and repairs need to be done by a professional! Things like replacing the refrigerator coil, cleaning the interior of your HVAC unit, and repairing a dishwasher knob can all be completed as do-it-yourself projects which will allow you to save time and money on appliance maintenance as time goes on. This blog is dedicated to providing you with various tips and tricks you can use to keep your household appliances in good shape between professional maintenance visits.

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Is Your Dishwasher Leaking? Here Are A Few Of The Most Common Causes

You probably could not imagine your life without a dishwasher, which is why when the dishwasher isn't working correctly, you want to ensure the unit gets fixed ASAP. One of the most common issues you might come across with your dishwasher is a leak. However, before you go out and replace your current dishwasher, you must realize that you can quickly fix most of the causes of dishwasher leaks. Here are a few of the most common reasons why your dishwasher leaks.  

Faulty Door Seal

There is a gasket around the dishwasher's door that prevents water from leaking out during the wash and drain cycles. Over time, the rubber gasket can become cracked, damaged, or might even fall out. When this occurs, a leak can form. Check the gasket to ensure that it is fitted properly and is not cracked or damaged.

If there is damage to the gasket, you can replace it yourself or contact a professional appliance service technician to not only replace the existing gasket but make sure the gasket fits properly.

Clogged or Damaged Dishwasher Filter

Most dishwashers are fitted with at least one filter on the tub floor. The purpose of this filter is to collect debris to prevent clogs in the dishwasher's drain. Many newer models of dishwashers feature self-cleaning filters. However, some more recent models and most older models feature filters that should be periodically cleaned.

If the filter becomes too clogged with dirt, debris, and soap scum, which can cause the water to back up in the filter, and eventually, the water will leak out of the dishwasher and onto your kitchen floor. A technician can help locate the dishwasher filter and determine if the damaged or clogged filter is the reason for your dishwasher leak.

Damaged Dishwasher Door

Over time and with repeated use, it is not uncommon for a dishwasher door to become damaged. This includes damage to the hinges or seal and damage to the door itself. This damage can cause water to leak through the door. If you notice any damage to the dishwasher door, contact a professional to determine if the door can be salvaged or if you should replace the door or the entire dishwasher.

You Overfilled the Dishwasher

Finally, one of the most common causes of a leaky dishwasher is that the dishwasher is simply filled with too many dirty dishes. Instead, while you load the dishwasher, ensure that the sprayer arms can spin easily and that the racks can easily be pulled in and out.

From a faulty gasket to a clogged filter, there are several reasons your dishwasher is leaking. For more information on appliance repair, contact a professional near you.