When you run your dishwasher, you expect all the water used to clean your dishes to stay inside of the dishwasher. When water leaks out, it creates not only a mess but a potentially hazardous situation, which is why you need to figure out and fix the cause of your leaking dishwasher as soon as possible.
Reason #1: Damaged Dishwasher Tub
The tub in your dishwasher is the plastic that covers the bottom of your dishwasher. This plastic tub is designed to be able to handle a lot of wear and tear.
However, over time, the type of soap you use, as well as the minerals in your water, can wear down your dishwasher tub, and lead to a leak. If your dishwasher is on the older side, inspect the tub on the bottom of the dishwasher for signs of cracks and corrosion. If you find damage to the dishwasher tub, you will need to replace it to stop the leaking water.
Reason #2: Damaged Hose
There is a hose that brings water into your dishwasher, and there should also be a hose that drains the used water out of your dishwasher as well. If either of these hoses has become cracked or damaged, you could get a water leak every time you run your dishwasher.
Check your water inlet and drain hoses, and make sure that they don't have any visible holes or unexplained moisture on them. Make sure the hoses are secure. If the hoses are worn down, this is a simple part to swap out and replace, after you turn off the water supply for your dishwasher.
Reason #3: Damaged Float Valve
Your dishwasher is designed to releases a specific amount of water-based on the load size you set for your dishwasher. If the float valve is malfunctioning, more water may be released. If the float valve is damaged, your dishwasher water release area may not be sealing the way it should. You may need to replace the float valve and possibly the drain in this type of situation.
Reason #4: Misalignment
Your dishwasher is a strong appliance; however, it is also a sensitive appliance. If your dishwasher is not properly aligned, it may leak water. Check and see if your dishwasher is level using a leveling tool.
If your dishwasher is not level, you are going to want to place shims under the feet of your dishwasher to get the dishwasher level and properly aligned. When your dishwasher is aligned right, the leaking should stop.
You don't have to figure out why your dishwasher is leaking on your own. You can call an in-home appliance repair company like Pro Appliance LLC to come out to your home, inspect your dishwasher, and fix your dishwasher on the spot, saving you from a messy and hazardous situation.