Why Your Dishwasher Is Leaking

You walk into the kitchen and see your dishwasher is leaking.

We want to help. Let’s look at some of the reasons this happens.

Water dripping from the door

This could also be the result of a dishwasher that’s not level. If that’s not the cause, you could be using too much detergent or the wrong kind of detergent. Use automatic dishwasher detergents only.

Water dripping from underneath

This can be the result of an issue with the water supply line or the drain line. Make sure the water line from the household water supply is not damaged or cracked. To check this, use a flat-blade screwdriver to turn the plastic fasteners on the lower kick panel to remove it. You’ll see the water hookup in the front left corner of the machine. Inspect the water connections and tighten as needed. Use the graphic below as a reference.

Water valve tightening illustration, part 1
Water valve tightening illustration, part 2
Water valve tightening illustration, part 3
Air gap illustration

If there’s no issue with the water supply connection, ensure the drain hose is connected properly. You’ll find the drain hose at the bottom of the cabinet. If you don’t have an air gap, make sure the hose is looped so it touches the underside of the counter. If you’re not sure if you have an air gap, refer to the illustration below to see what an air gap looks like.

Ensure the drain hose clamp is positioned correctly. Refer to the illustration below to check.

Drain hose clamp illustration

Still having issues?

You may need a professional repair. Or, if your dishwasher is more than 10 years old, it might be time for a replacement. Amana has great dishwashers at a great value – check out the latest.