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    Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Got a 4-5 year old Kenmore (Whirlpool equivalent) dishwasher. It is leaking AFTER the cycle runs. No problems during the cycle at all but then a couple hours later there will be a puddle under it. (I popped the bottom panel off and confirm it's not leaking while running.) Any thoughts?



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Got a 4-5 year old Kenmore (Whirlpool equivalent) dishwasher. It is leaking AFTER the cycle runs. No problems during the cycle at all but then a couple hours later there will be a puddle under it. (I popped the bottom panel off and confirm it's not leaking while running.) Any thoughts?
    Check the water supply connection. If it is leaking while not running, tighten it and maybe replace the Teflon tape on the threads first. Check the drain pipe connection too. Dry paper towels under the dishwasher may help locate the leak.



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    I vote water supply leaking when pressure building up from sitting. Do what urb said.


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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    I vote water supply leaking when pressure building up from sitting. Do what urb said.
    Pardon my plumbing ignorance. If that were the case, why would it ever stop leaking? It always seems to leak a fixed amount and then stops. If it was the water supply, wouldn't it just keep leaking and not stop?



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    The leak doesn't start until after it's done draining too?



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Pardon my plumbing ignorance. If that were the case, why would it ever stop leaking? It always seems to leak a fixed amount and then stops. If it was the water supply, wouldn't it just keep leaking and not stop?
    While it is running, the water pressure will drop because it is emptying into the dishwasher. Also, it may be dripping a little between fills, but you may not be noticing it.

    When in doubt, though, call a plumber. It's pretty basic connections, but if you aren't sure of what you are doing, pay out the money.



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    I had a kenmore do this. There's a drain valve on the underside that gets clogged up and needs to be cleaned out. When the cycle finishes the drain opens but it leaks and stuff... I pulled mine out, cleaned it and all was well. I googled the issue originally... Can't remember enough about it but the repair is mentioned in a few places.


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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    The leak doesn't start until after it's done draining too?
    Yeah. Last night we did a load of dishes, no problem. Was up a couple hours after it finished...nothing. Get up this morning to a puddle.

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    I had a kenmore do this. There's a drain valve on the underside that gets clogged up and needs to be cleaned out. When the cycle finishes the drain opens but it leaks and stuff... I pulled mine out, cleaned it and all was well. I googled the issue originally... Can't remember enough about it but the repair is mentioned in a few places.
    I'll give this a try too. Is it something you can pull out all the way and blow out with an air compressor or what?



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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    If i remember correctly its a check valve that gets stuff in it and won't close. Blowing it out should work. I think I just used a coat hanger to snag what appeared to be 5 years worth of dog hair and stuff, cleaned it up under running water.


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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

    Well you guys were right, as usual. It was indeed the water supply. I didn't mess around with a bunch of the parts, I just bought a $14 dishwasher connection kit at HD and re-taped and hooked everything back up, no leaks.

    Thanks CFers!

    UPDATE: Well, darn it. It was not the water supply. Successfully washed two loads without any issues. On load #3 a puddle appeared again. I watched it fill with water and there were no leaks. As soon as the spray arm started, water started coming out of the motor housing itself. Does this mean the washer is toast?


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    Re: Leaky Kenmore dishwasher

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