Kenmore elite dishwasher leaking water from underneath. If the water is leaking from underneath, the key components are typically the main seal or impeller.
When looking at common causes of such leaks in your kitchen, one culprit among many could be an issue with a door gasket. Water on the floor by your dishwasher could indicate a leaking door gasket.
If piping or valve issues have occurred, this type of leak would appear on your floor due to either cracked hoses or faulty seals/connections related to any part that’s broken which may need to be repaired or replaced respectively.
Kenmore elite dishwasher leaking water from underneath
The following are some tips on how to replace and repair dishwasher parts to fix why your dishwasher is leaking water.
Replace the Impeller and Seal Kit
You must first identify where the leak is coming from before you can identify its source. If the leak is occurring mostly from the area around the motor shaft, chances are that there is a problem with your motor shaft seal.
The manufacturer might either sell this part separately, or they may offer it with your purchase of a new pump and motor assembly. In any case, you’ll want to replace the flapper before proceeding any further.
Keep in mind that occasionally minor leaks (or even major leaks with certain models or brands) can sometimes be remedied by replacing an O-ring inside the washer drum housing.
(We suggest ordering one even if you plan to buy a new pump and motor assembly at some point because they tend to wear out over time – eventually becoming too loose to maintain any sort of pressure).
Problem with Seal Kit
First, find the source of the leak. The motor shaft seal is likely to be defective if the water is coming from the motor shaft area. You can replace it if it is damaged.
(Some manufacturers may sell you this part individually, other manufacturers require that you buy this product as a kit with other parts and still other manufacturers require you to purchase the entire pump as opposed to just buying replacement pieces.)
Defective Shaft Seal
If your pump is leaking, you first need to determine where the leak is coming from. Typically, it will be coming from a worn seal or the gasket but sometimes it might also be due to a faulty shaft seal.
If it’s the seal causing the problem then replacing this will solve the leaking problem. (You can either replace just the seal or opt for an entirely new assembly depending on which is cheaper.)
Faulty pump and motor assembly
It is necessary to replace the entire motor and pump assembly if water is leaking from underneath the dishwasher. The first thing to check is if the water is actually coming out of a leak in the pump or if the water is leaking with more force than usual due to a clogged drain.
If there’s a leak in the specific area where you can replace just the impeller and seal on most dishwashers, then try doing just that.
If you don’t want to mess with dismantling everything or if you need a new part but that component isn’t sold separately from other components, then it might make more sense to cut your losses and try replacing the pump and motor altogether.
The lock ring is cracked or damaged
The large bowl at the bottom of most dishwasher pumps is called a sump, and it collects the water that enters the pump. A rubber seal keeps the water from entering the dishwasher tub, though if it’s worn out or damaged, it may leak into your dishwasher tank.
We suggest that you replace any seals which are torn or badly worn because these will be unable to do their job properly anymore. On some models of dishwashers, a lock ring secures this sump to the bottom of your tub.
If it’s cracked or damaged, however, you should replace it as well; otherwise, corrosion may occur and may lead to leaking along with other potential issues.
When the pump gasket is torn
You might need to replace a torn pump gasket. This will allow for leaks to occur under the dishwasher, which will then become a health and safety hazard.