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garbage disposal water leaking during discharge of dishwasher

when dishwasher discharges at end of cycle, water flows back towards garbage disposal. when it gets back to gdisposal it is leaking out of the gdisposal. Why is this happening? What is wrong? How to fix?

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scott d
I can understand your concern about this water leak. Without a model number, I can only provide some general information. The information you have received is good. Depending on where it's leaking, it could be a crack in the disposal or a seal. It could also be from the hose connection or the hose may have a crack in it.

First cycle the dishwasher and when it drains, watch the disposal to see where the water is leaking. If it's leaking from the disposal itself, it's usually best to replace the disposal. Parts and labor will cost more then a new disposal and then you still have an old disposal.

If the connection is leaking, tighten the connection. If the hose is leaking, it may need to be replaced, depending on where the leak is. If it's close to the end, there may be enough excess hose, that it can be cut and then reconnected to the disposal. For more assistance a complete model and serial number will be needed. I hope this will help you. Thank you for using Manage My Life.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Appliances
March 15th, 2011
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Manage My Life
both dishwasher and disposal are original. condo built 1991. Do not have model numbers as I am traveling. Thank you.
by Manage My Life
March 14th, 2011
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Joseph Perez
I know how important it is to have a good working garbage disposal in your home so that any left over food will not clog your drain. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I suggest you add to the thread of this question and include the full model number of your garbage disposal and your dishwasher so that the expert can provide you with a more detailed answer. I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good tips about what may be causing your problem. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Appliances
March 14th, 2011
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