A good blog title should be short, self-explanatory, and not too niche-specific.
For example: How to Clean A Leaking Dishwasher: a blog about how to fix your dishwasher and extend its lifespan in the process.
Leaking dishwashers are so common that they have a name: they’re called “dishwashers.” Yet many people aren’t aware of how to fix them.
First, you need to understand the kind of problem they tend to have. Leaks happen when water stays in the machine far longer than it should. This is usually because the seals are leaking, or because parts of the machine are not putting out enough water on their own, or because the main drain hose has too much friction in it.
In any case, if you think this sounds familiar, you have probably had this problem before.
But what if your dishwasher is brand new? What if it’s been running perfectly for years?
Maybe you haven’t had this problem–but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen to you! It does happen often enough that a lot of manufacturers include free maintenance agreements with their dishwashers, and you should read the fine print carefully to see if yours requires one.
The drip tray prevents water from leaking out and makes dishes dry more quickly; you can check this by leaving the door open for a few minutes. The drain hose needs to be in good working order, and if there is any visible damage or rust, replace it immediately.
The automatic wash option requires that the dishwasher has an electrical supply, which could be a fuse in the outlet or a circuit breaker at the main circuit box in the kitchen. If there is no electrical supply, the dishwasher will not work.
If your dishwasher still leaks, look for other sources of water. Look up and down on all sides of the machine, including underneath. If you think some food is blocking it, take it out and wipe clean with a damp cloth first. If you are willing to replace the dishwasher, check the cost of a new model and see if there is one that fits within your budget.
I came across a dishwasher leak in my kitchen. It was a plastic container, about the size of an old-fashioned ice cream container. I assumed it was used for a pet food or some other product that might need to be kept dry.
I was wrong: it was a dishwasher water container. The water compartment in my dishwasher had developed a leak, and this leak would not go away no matter how many times I replaced the filter and scrubbed the interior of the machine.
I found out later that the water compartment is designed to develop leaks after 20 years of use, because that’s how long it takes for the plastic to become brittle and break upon itself. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have acquired several dishwashers over my lifetime and have taken great pleasure in disassembling them with my bare hands, lubricating parts with vaseline and toothpaste, cleaning them with Clorox Wipes and rubbing them with lemon oil.
If you’re looking for a quick fix to a problem, check the owner’s manual for your dishwasher. It may not tell you what is wrong, but it will tell you how to get the parts or replace them.
But if you’re looking for a long-term solution, you have to think differently. You have to start with why your dishwasher is leaking: the way it was made. This is simple in the case of refrigerators and washing machines: they are made to be easy to change the parts. If all of your kitchen appliances were made this way, we wouldn’t have many appliance problems.
Dishwashers, on the other hand, are almost all made according to a different philosophy: they are made so that it takes a special tool and at least three hours of experience to change the parts. And that was before they got smart enough to make them disposable, which means no way to fix them!
Dishwashers can be a real pain. If you didn’t know how to fix one, it was easy to resort to the latest and most expensive product in the store. But now that you do know how to fix it, it’s not hard at all.
There are really only two problems with dishwashers: the holes in the bottom of them (where the water comes out) and the tubes that go up through them (where the water goes in). Those are what you have to deal with. Of course if you don’t know how to fix either of those, you’re sunk. So this blog is about learning how.
It’s pretty easy: just avoid the fancy parts and just do what I did, which is ignore them completely and use common sense. And because you have to deal with both problems, you have to be able to fix both at once, which means being able to take things apart, so this blog is also about being able to repair stuff yourself.
The best thing about cleaning your dishwasher is that you get to be nice to it. It’s a lovely appliance, and no matter how hard it works you can’t really blame it for the fact that it leaks.
Dishwashers are like your cat: when they’re well taken care of, they enjoy the work so much that they keep on doing it even when you don’t want them to. That’s why dishwashers wear out. They’re not designed that way; they’re designed to do their job even when you aren’t there, and if you take too long getting around to doing it they’ll start complaining.
Dishwasher repair is one of those things you do even though you don’t need to – but then again, who needs dishwashers? And while we’re on the subject, how often do you use a dishwasher?