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Leak under door. Kenmore Ultra Wash model 665.16685791

Dishwasher has been performing flawlessly since since the leak in July 2011. With help from James and Fred M. replaced Vent seal and Door Seal to clear the problem.


Yesterday Mopped up a major leak caused by soap suds and water flowing from under door. Opened the door to see an excessive amount of suds. One gelpac per wash has been used in place of loose soap to avoid using too much soap.


Ran several Quick Rinse cycles to clear out suds.

Float Valve moves freely while hearing click of water cut-off valve.

Lower Spray Arm has no cracks or fissures.

Screws on Pump Housing cover found to be tight.


Suggestions will be appreciated.


Thank you,


Al



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dvbarran dvbarran
I have a leak under the door too. Could the inner door tht lines the door with a fold over flap at the bootom of hte door be worn causing a leak?

Dennis
by dvbarran dvbarran
September 11th
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Thanks for the update. Let me know if the leak returns.
by Manage My Life
January 27th, 2013
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A water softener is not used. The Rinsing Agent Dispenser had not been used for a long while so, I filled it with White Vinegar. Used a Cascade Pac with Dawn and ran the Water Miser cycle with a full load of dishes. No leaks. Front to back the Dishwasher is about a 1/4 inch higher in front, side to side it is level. Don't have anything that looks like a Corner Tub Deflector. Checked the parts list diagram in the owners manual and did not find such a part. Thank you Barbara H. you have provided additional avenues to proceed in the event of another leak.
by Manage My Life
January 27th, 2013
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Thank you for clarifying that the problem continued. One thing that can cause excessive suds and leaks is the action of detergent with soft water.

If your water system is on a water softener you must reduce the amount of detergent or it will over suds and leak.

Try using Cascade powdered automatic dishwashing detergents. Also if you’re using a liquid rinse aid in the dispenser and the dispenser happens to be leaking rinse aid into the dishwasher when it’s washing it could also cause the dishwasher to create suds and leak water on the floor. Cascade Clean rinse can help break down the soap and suds.

When you see the dishwasher leaking, open the door and check for suds and the water level. The water level should be just touching the float. If there are excessive suds, remove as much as possible and run a rinse cycle. A good idea to clear buildup of detergent particles is to run the dishwasher at least once a month with a cup of white vinegar in the bottom.

You also may try raising the front of the dishwasher a little and then check the level from side to side. This may help with the wave action from the dishwasher tub. If the leaks continues, check the corner tub deflectors to make sure they are not worn or out of place. If the leaks continue, please reply. I will be happy to help.
by Manage My Life
January 25th, 2013
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Can't think of any other cause except that the gelpac perhaps has too much soap and/or rinse agent. Also checked to be sure all the water has been pumped out. Dishwasher is full of dishes.


Without adding detergent in any form, set the machine on Water Miser and watched the whole cycle so that any leak could be shut down before it became serious. Ran through the Main Wash, Rinse and Dry cycles without leaking a drop. Conclusion: The gelpacs being used have too high a concentration of detergent and/or Rinsing Agent which caused a massive overflow of suds. Will try an alternative detergent to avoid excessive suds. Thanks for your assistance.
by Manage My Life
January 20th, 2013
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Thanks Barbara H. Re-reading my response to Anna T. I realize it was misleading. Opening the door to see if the filling stopped was simply another item to check. I still have not found the cause of water leaking out from the bottom of the door when the washer is running. I don't know what else to check.
by Manage My Life
January 19th, 2013
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Leaks can be difficult to pin down at times. I see Anna provided a link with information that has cleared up the problem. I hope it continues to stay fixed. Let us know if we can be of help in future. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by Manage My Life
January 19th, 2013
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Thanks Anna T. While waiting I researched the info with the first link you supplied. Set the machine for a Quick Rinse and checked to be sure water stops filling when the door is opened. Works fine. Thanks.
by Manage My Life
January 18th, 2013
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When you had problems with the Kenmore dishwasher before, managemylife.com helped you through it and still here to continue with the leaking issue. While waiting on an expert response, I hope you fine the link helpful. For service, that link is also available.
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January 18th, 2013
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