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Old 05-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #1
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I'll start

Water keeps collecting at the bottom of my dishwasher. The drain isn't clogged, and the hose looks fine. It's a Kenmore under the counter dishwasher (I don't know how old it is). We don't have a trash compactor which I've heard sometimes can be an issue.

Anyhow, I'm stumped on what the issue is. Any suggestions?
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I'll start

Water keeps collecting at the bottom of my dishwasher. The drain isn't clogged, and the hose looks fine. It's a Kenmore under the counter dishwasher (I don't know how old it is). We don't have a trash compactor which I've heard sometimes can be an issue.

Anyhow, I'm stumped on what the issue is. Any suggestions?
There is a leak somewhere.


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Old 05-08-2012, 08:23 AM   #3
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Make sure it is balanced properly.

By "compactor" you mean disposal right?
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Water keeps collecting at the bottom of my dishwasher. The drain isn't clogged, and the hose looks fine. It's a Kenmore under the counter dishwasher (I don't know how old it is). We don't have a trash compactor which I've heard sometimes can be an issue.

Anyhow, I'm stumped on what the issue is. Any suggestions?

I am assuming you mean by the bottom of the dishwasher you mean outside on the floor. Could be a number of gaskets that have worn out.

By trash compactor do you mean garbage disposal? If you mean GD; the dishwasher empties into the GD so if you have a blockage there that could be impeding the drain function on your DW.

Here are my little fun findings about appliances now a days; it is more cost effective to replace them then repair them. I had a six year old oven that the mother board blew out on; $350 to fix $500 for a new one.

I got burned (not literally) with a Kenmore dryer. First the heating element went out so I replaced it; $80 I replaced it myself $250 if Sears did it. After I fixed that the blower motor went; $150 I replaced it myself, I think Sears want something like $300 to do it. So right now I am $230 in on a 6 year old dryer, one more thing goes and I should have just bought a damn new one. If I had Sears do all the repairs I literally could have just had a new dryer.

So basically SS start looking for a new Dish Washer. I have had good luck with all my Maytag/ Whirlpool appliances.
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Water keeps collecting at the bottom of my dishwasher. The drain isn't clogged, and the hose looks fine. It's a Kenmore under the counter dishwasher (I don't know how old it is). We don't have a trash compactor which I've heard sometimes can be an issue.

Anyhow, I'm stumped on what the issue is. Any suggestions?
One other thing if you use to much soap that cam cause a leak as well. Just look at your shower drain after you wash your hair; see how slow it drains with all the bubbles same thing in your dishwasher.

Also let me add I hate hate plumbing problems. It always seems simple but it never is and if you need help from a professional get ready to shell out the $$$.

I have my own home and a few rental properties so I have become pretty handy over the years to try to save me some dollars. I encourage everyone to try to tackle a home repair on your own first at the very least you will gain some knowledge and if you can't fix it call a professional; when they come watch them and try to learn for the next time.

If you are dealing with natural gas or electricity be extremely carefully. I personally don't F with any of my natural gas stuff. My gas fireplace thermal coupler went it seemed super easy to repair but i still shelled out the money for a professional to do it; the risk was to high if I screwed up.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:43 AM   #6
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Sorry, got a couple of things mixed up. Was thinking of something else

So anyway, yeah I do have a garbage disposal and it's not clogged so nothing is impeding anything there.
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Sorry, got a couple of things mixed up. Was thinking of something else

So anyway, yeah I do have a garbage disposal and it's not clogged so nothing is impeding anything there.
Then it is probably some gasket in the dishwasher.

If the tub itself is cracked and leaking I believe Sears warranties the tub for a lifetime.

You probably need to do some test runs and watch it to determine the source of the leak.

Also if you have not all ready take off the pipe leading into the disposal you could have a blockage there but not in the disposal itself.
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Try cleaning your filter screen as well:

How to Clean the Filter Screen on a Kenmore Dishwasher | eHow.com
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Thanks. I got someone coming in this morning to take a look with me. I feel like I've checked everything I'm capable of
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Thanks. I got someone coming in this morning to take a look with me. I feel like I've checked everything I'm capable of
Just so many variables to that problem; without seeing it hard to diagnose. Assuming you have the funds just get a new one; unless it is a really simply cheap fix in the long run throwing parts at appliances is a waste of money and time.
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Then it is probably some gasket in the dishwasher.

If the tub itself is cracked and leaking I believe Sears warranties the tub for a lifetime.

You probably need to do some test runs and watch it to determine the source of the leak.

Also if you have not all ready take off the pipe leading into the disposal you could have a blockage there but not in the disposal itself.
I think you nailed it.

SS, I have a Kenmore (maybe a very similar model year?) and had a tiny gasket that was basically a $20 fix for a handyman to come over and take care of. If you take the bottom plate off, mine was on the left.
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my dad is a plumber, get rid of the garbage disposal while you're at it.
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So what was the issue SS?
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:31 PM   #14
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everything that you would think to check we checked and it works fine. We ran the dishwasher a couple of times and no issues. Problem is it will certainly run fine a few more times and work fine until it doesnt again. Might just have to get a new one. Maybe it's a problem with the motor
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I am serious about making sure it level and balanced. Does it clean well? Ours had cleaning issues and water prssure issues and once I took it out and put it back in it improved greatly. We deduced that when I put it back in I had re-positioned it enough to re-balance it and fix the issue.
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