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Question DetailsAsked on 7/13/2014

we came home from vacation to find water on the kitchen floor and standing water in the dishwasher. I had turned of

I had turned off the water main prior to vacation. what do I look for if the feeder hose and drain hose look crack free?

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I would guess you turned on the water when you returned and if so you would have seen more water comming out of the dishwasher. So assuming that it must be in the drain line, yet if there is standing water in the dishwasher it does not seem like it would be from the drain hose as that should have leaked out too. Was the washer turned off midcycle when you left? If so it might be possible for the standing water and there is a remote possibility a large bowl or othe item had water in it and added to the standing water. Most brands of dishwasher do not have a positive seal and rely on the water level staying below the lip at the front. They are designed with an overlap that drains the splashing water off the door and into the pan.

To be honest you have me scratching my head. If you are handy I would remove the toe kick panel at the bottom of the door, usually only 2 to 4 screws. Then if you open the door you should see a float switch usually to the front of the basin of the dishwasher and lift it up to make sure it is not stuck. I would then be ready with some towels and turn the washer on for a while and watch for water leaks with a flashlight.

Other than that I think you may have to call a repair person.

Good Luck Don

Answered 5 years ago by ContractorDon


Like Don said - is it possible you turned off the water during the middle of a cycle, so it stalled out waiting for more water with the dishwasher full of water. I have seen some models now that the water actually comes above the tub and up on the door for a short time during the wash cycle, held in by only the seals - what happens is it fills to the tub level while spraying the water, so when shut off the water drains off pans and out of the hoses to the spray nozzles and such and overfills the tub. Normally it starts pumping out right away so the water does not sit there - but if it sat like that for days I would see it draining down till it was below the tub rim level.

Like Don said - check float switch first. Then, with floor completely dry, remove the front toekick panel like he said and spread a towel out flat under the dishwasher - pushing it back to the back flat with a stick. (Not using newspaper as the motor could stir it up and tangel it up in the motor and start a fire). Then run the dishwasher for just a few seconds at first, then more time if no leak, until you see dampness on the towel using a bright flashlight. Then look what is right above that - the bottom end of a hose, a hose clamp, the pump ?

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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