A leaking dishwasher is double trouble, with a mess to clean up and the leak’s source to locate. Why is my GE dishwasher leaking water? Using too much detergent or the wrong type can increase suds and cause leaks. Use these repair tips when your GE dishwasher leaks water to stop it at the source.

Why Is My GE Dishwasher Leaking Water?

Though it can seem like there are infinite possibilities for a GE dishwasher leaking water, several possible sources are the most common. From part failures and user errors to a lack of maintenance, here’s how to pinpoint the cause for dishwasher leaks.

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1. Incorrect or Too Much Detergent

As essential as detergent is to a dishwasher’s function, it can cause messy leaks when too much is used. If you find your GE dishwasher leaking during wash cycle an excess of suds may be pushing water out the door or underneath the appliance. Always refer to the package instructions when adding detergent and measure powder or liquid accurately to avoid oversudsing.

It’s also important to remember that only dishwasher detergent, and not dish soap or other cleaners, can be used in a dishwasher. Using other products can also increase suds or even cause part failures.

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2. Leaky Dishwasher Door Gasket

A GE dishwasher door seal runs around the perimeter of the door, preventing leaks with watertight closure when the door is closed. If this rubber gasket is loose or damaged, its seal will be compromised, resulting in leaks from the dishwasher door. Inspect the gasket for loosening, holes or tears that can allow water to pass through. If the gasket is worn or damaged, it must be replaced.

3. Faulty Water Inlet Valve

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Is your dishwasher leaking underneath? A faulty water inlet valve may be responsible. This valve near the bottom of the appliance opens and closes to allow water from your home supply to fill the dishwasher. If it malfunctions and remains open, too much water will flood the dishwasher during a wash cycle, resulting in leaks.

When the water inlet valve appears damaged or fails multimeter testing with a lack of continuity, it requires professional replacement. If the valve is functioning normally, check the attached hose to make sure its clamps are secure. If the hose is leaking at its connection points, the clamps may need to be tightened to stop the leak.

4. Dishwasher Spray Arm Issue

Spray arm issues can also be responsible for a GE dishwasher leaking water. 

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The following spray arm problems can cause dishwasher leaks:

  • Clogs: If one of the spray arm holes is clogged, water may be pushed out the remaining holes with excessive force that causes leaks. Detach the upper and lower spray arms and inspect them for clogs, removing any blockages with a straightened paper clip or toothpick. To prevent blockages, our dishwasher cleaning tips recommend repeating this process when cleaning other dishwasher components.
  • Damage: Cracks or holes in the spray arm can also emit water with excessive force. Check the spray arms for damage and replace them if necessary.
  • Loosening: If the spray arms aren’t clogged or damaged, make sure the screws in the spray arm support are tight. If the spray arm is loose, water can spray from the support, resulting in leaks. If any screws are loose, tighten them with a screwdriver to prevent leaking.

5. Dishwasher Leaking From Vent Cap

Some dishwashers have an external vent to expel water and warm air during drying. If the vent cap on the inside of the dishwasher’s door is loose, water can leak from the door during a wash cycle. To stop door leaks, check the GE dishwasher vent cap and tighten it by hand if it’s loose.

Is your GE dishwasher leaking water even after these troubleshooting tips? It may be time for a dishwasher repair service to assess the problem. Schedule your repair with Callahan’s Appliance today!