Do I Need To Replace My Leaky Dishwasher?

water damage cedar rapidsLike most things, dishwashers need maintenance and upkeep to continue to run smoothly. If your dishwasher is leaking, the water could get under the baseboards, into the cabinets and under the floor. Mold can also develop within a week in a dark space with poor airflow. If you think your dishwasher is leaking, call Challis Restoration to repair any water damage. 

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Typical Causes of Leaks

A faulty door gasket is one of the most common causes of dishwasher leaks. Simply open the dishwasher and check the seal around the door. The latch holds the dishwasher closed during a cycle. If it’s loose, water may seep out causing water damage. 

Other causes could be:

  • If water flows out from under the dishwasher, you could have a cracked water hose or valve. Also, look for loose connections, corrosion, or a bad solenoid valve.  
  • The float switch is to prevent the dishwasher from overflowing. If the float switch is caught on something, it may not work properly.  
  • Drainage issue from clogged filter.
  • The appliance must sit level to work correctly. Adjust the leveling screws on the front legs.
  • Leaky pump seal 

How To Compare New Models?

These days, stainless steel dishwashers tend to be the best-sellers on the market. It is also common to see seamless, panel ready dishwashers in modern settings. When you think of a standard dishwasher, you probably picture a standard, built-in model. These are also portable units and dishwashers placed on top of your countertop. 

Although most standard models are 24-inches wide, some manufacturers also offer a small dishwasher selection that are 18-inches wide to fit in tiny kitchens or bar areas. Or search out Fisher Paykel, the only manufacturer currently making dishwasher drawers. These small, discreet appliances slide out from under your countertop.

When it comes to washing, it’s vital to have enough wash cycles and options to cover all kinds of soiling types and levels. A quick wash cycle is an excellent advantage, particularly since most energy-efficient cycles these days can last as long as two hours. Sensor wash is also a major plus, giving you the option to automatically adjust wash duration based on soil levels and the number of dishes.  

Meanwhile, drying effectiveness is just as vital. There are two main drying techniques dishwashers employ. The first uses a heating element to heat up and evaporate moisture on the dishes. The second, and most effective, drying method is condensation drying. This method cools down the stainless steel walls surrounding the dishes to pull moisture away from them and onto the walls.  

Finally, the noise levels of dishwashers today range between 38 dB to slightly above 60 dB. If you do need to replace your current unit, you’ll be amazed at how quiet the new one will be. 

Contact The Experts

If your home suffers from a dishwasher leak, a broken pipe or flood, or other types of water damage, call in Cedar Rapid experts as soon as possible. The team at Challis Restoration understands the water damage recovery process – from repairs to total reconstruction.