I’m not that great at repairs, but if it’s something that requires research online to figure out the problem and not too much tool use, I may well be up for it. And that turned out to be the case with my dishwasher.
I noticed this morning when I ran it that it was leaking out of the bottom of the door. Did a search on Google and came up with ApplianceBlog.com’s forum. Found out that a leaky dishwasher door can be caused by the door vent being gunked up, and that they just pop right out.
So I looked inside,saw a vent I could pop out and ewww! Put me in mind of rotten cooked cabbage. The smell was horrible.
Cleaned it out and now there doesn’t seem to be a leak anymore.
Feeling pretty good about this because my landlord’s tendency is to replace rather than check out the chances for repair. I didn’t mind when the washing machine broke and they did that, since I had already figured out it was well beyond my meager abilities in that area, and the machine had a few other problems that I had been working with anyhow.
But replacing the dishwasher turns out to not be necessary, and even though it took my time and won’t save me any money, I’m happy. It’s one dishwasher that’s not going to junk quite yet.
Hey, thanks for posting this! I have never looked at my dishwasher’s door vent before — didn’t even know it existed actually, but I went and checked it after reading your post, and sure enough, mine was full of gunk, too. Ewwww… is right! I wasn’t having any problems with it, but you may have helped me avoid some. ;o)
Glad to hear it. It’s amazing what can cause problems when they scarcely seem related.
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