6 Reasons Why My Maytag Dishwasher Leaking [Solutions]

Dishwasher leaks are one of the common issues in every dishwasher. The issues can be frustrating if the leak is continuous and regular.

It can damage your wooden cabinet and leave weird-looking stains in the kitchen. Therefore, it is recommended to fix the leakage before it gets any worse. 

Leaks in the dishwasher are very easy to fix, and you don’t need to have a technical issue to fix them.

However, if the reason behind the leak is a technical failure, you should have some technical knowledge. If your Maytag dishwasher is leaking, don’t worry. 

Today in this article, we will discuss Maytag dishwasher leaks along with appropriate solutions.

I recommend you to stay in the article till the end. It will help you get proper inside about the dishwasher parts and leaks.

Why is my Maytag dishwasher leaking?

6 Reasons Why My Maytag Dishwasher Leaking [Solutions]

In the Maytag dishwasher, I have found that a faulty float switch is one of the major reasons behind dishwasher leaks.

However, this is not the same in all dishwashers. Depending upon model, brand, and usage, the issue can differ from dishwasher to dishwasher.

Therefore, we can’t be specific about the reason in the first case. 

In this article, we will look into various probable reasons that can increase the chance of leakage in the Maytag dishwasher.

In the next section, we will discuss various reasons which you can consider in your dishwasher. In addition, we will also discuss the solution for each issue or reason. 

What are the reasons behind the Maytag dishwasher leaking?

As mentioned earlier, there are various reasons that can cause leaks in the Maytag dishwasher.

Here we have listed all the possible reasons that can cause leaks in your Maytag dishwasher, along with the solutions.

1. Issues on the water supply line

If the dishwasher is leaking from the bottom, there could be an issue with the water supply line. You will find different types of water supply pipes at the bottom of your Maytag dishwasher.

If the water connection is loose or broken, you will experience water leaks in your dishwasher. 

Solution: To access the water supply line, you need to remove the toe panel of your dishwasher. However, the location of the water supply can vary depending upon the model of your dishwasher. So, I recommend you refer to the owner manual of your dishwasher. If you don’t have an owner manual, don’t worry; you can get a digital copy of the owner manual from Maytag’s official website. 

  1. First of all, Turn off the dishwasher power supply. 
  2. Now unthread the screw securing the toe panel of the dishwasher.
  3. Locate water lookup and thoroughly inspect the dishwasher water connection, hose, floor, and other water circulation pipes. 
  4. Secure the pipe tightly if it is loose and replace it if broken. 

2. Dishwasher is overloaded

If your dishwasher is leaking from the door, it could be caused due to overloading of dishes.

You should avoid overloading your dishes at any cost because water cannot make its way out of the dishwasher when the dishwasher is overloaded. The water will directly spill at the door, causing water to leak from the door. 

Solution: If the water is leaking from the door, you should stop the overloading of dishes in the dishwasher.

Overloading dishes is one of the most common reasons behind water leaks in the dishwasher. It directs water in a different direction, causing water to leak.

3. Damaged door latch

The faulty door latch is another major reason that can cause water leaks in the Maytag dishwasher.

The door latch plays an important role in the dishwasher as it allows us to create water tight seal inside the dishwasher.

When the dishwasher door latch is loose or broken door cannot be locked tightly, leading water to leak from the dishwasher.

If the door latch is damaged, it could also stop you from starting the cycle in the dishwasher.

The dishwasher door latch is equipped with a special type of sensor that does not allow you to run the cycle in the open door.

Similarly, when the sensor is damaged, it will assume that the dishwasher door is open. In this situation, you cannot start the cycle in your dishwasher. 

Solution: The dishwasher door is located at the top of the dishwasher in the control compartment. Make a proper inspection of the dishwasher door latch and ensure that the door latch is not loose. I recommend you secure the door latch if it is loosened tightly. You can use a screwdriver to secure the latch tightly. If the latch is broken or faulty, consider replacing your door latch. 

4. Damaged gasket

A damaged gasket can also cause leaks in the dishwasher. In the dishwasher, you will find various components equipped with gaskets.

The gasket creates water tight seal inside the dishwasher; this prevents water leaks in the dishwasher. Over time gasket can get loose, cracked, and damaged. 

A loose or damaged gasket is one of the major reasons behind water leaks.

You should check the drain compartment gasket if the water is leaking from beneath. Similarly, if water is leaking from the door, then check the door gasket. 

Solution: The solution to damaged gaskets is you must replace them. The dishwasher door gasket is one of the important seals in the dishwasher.

This gasket is crucial as it prevents water from leaking out of the dishwasher by creating a water-tight seal.

Make a proper inspection of the gasket and make sure that the gasket is not damaged or broken. You should replace the gasket in case it is broken or damaged.

If you don’t know how to replace the dishwasher door gasket, follow the below step-wise instruction.

  1. Turn off the power supply of your dishwasher. 
  2. Now open the door of the dishwasher and locate the door seal around the door. 
  3. Using a brush or damp clothes, clean the gasket. Make sure there is no food debris or other foreign object left. 
  4. Remove all the dish racks from the dishwasher; this will give you ample space to inspect the seal in your dishwasher. Make a thorough inspection of the seal and ensure it is not loose, cracked, or damaged. 
  5. If the seal is damaged, Find the bottom part of the gasket and gently pull it off with your finger. Before removing, take note of how the gasket is installed in the dishwasher.
  6. Install a new gasket in the dishwasher.

This is how you can install a new door gasket in the dishwasher. Don’t worry if the gasket is not aligned perfectly with the door. The gasket could take a couple of days to align around the door. 

5. Unlevel dishwasher

Maytag dishwasher must stand in a straight position. If it is bent more toward the right or left, there will be standing water in the dishwasher, which can cause leaks.

If you have recently removed your dishwasher from the cabinet, chances are high that you have installed the dishwasher without levelling them.

It is very easy to adjust the level of the dishwasher; all you need to do is adjust the leg of the dishwasher. 

Solution: If your dishwasher is Unlevel or not perfectly aligned, it is the reason behind leaks. While installing the dishwasher, you should ensure that the dishwasher is level in a straight position. Follow the below step-wise instruction to adjust your dishwasher. 

  1. Turn off the dishwasher power supply and remove the drain hose pipe from the dishwasher. 
  2. Remove the dishwasher from the kitchen cabinet, and the rear of the dishwasher should be facing the cabinet. 
  3. Unthread the screw securing the toe panel of the dishwasher. Pull the access panel away from the dishwasher. 
  4. Now you will need a wrench to adjust the leg and level to check the level of the dishwasher. You can use a hex head screwdriver or an adjustable wrench. 
  5. Install the level vertically in the dishwasher and check if the dishwasher is leaning toward the right or left. 
  6. Increase the height of the left leg if the dishwasher is lean towards the right. Similarly, if the dishwasher is lean towards the right, increase the height of the right leg. 
  7. Now place the level in a horizontal position and check the lean of the dishwasher. 
  8. Adjust the leg right or left as needed. 

This is how you should adjust the Maytag dishwasher level. Once the dishwasher is level, I recommend you start an empty cycle in your dishwasher and see if the leak persists or not. 

6. A clogged filter or drain hose

If your dishwasher filter is clogged or blocked with any kind of foreign object. It can cause residual water to stay at the bottom of the tub and cause leaks in the dishwasher.

Therefore, cleaning the dishwasher at least twice a week is recommended. It prevents the dishwasher from getting clogged and allows it to run smoothly. 

Solution: The dishwasher drain filter is located at the bottom of the dishwasher. You need to remove the dish rack to access the Filter of the Maytag dishwasher.

Depending upon the model, you may need to remove the spray arms to access the drain compartment in the Maytag dishwasher.

If the drain compartment is secured with a screw, unthread them. 

What to do if the leak persists?

If the article didn’t help you fix your Maytag dishwasher leaking issue, you should contact dishwasher technicians or your supplier.

Most modern dishwashers have advanced working mechanisms and rarely have an issue with them. Still, if your dishwasher is leaking, you should seek help from an expert. 

Most dishwasher manufacturer provides a year of warranty support.

If you have recently bought a dishwasher, you can repair your dishwasher free of cost, but you should have a warranty card for your dishwasher. 

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A dishwasher leak is one of the frustrating problems to deal with. It is very hard to figure out the leaks in the dishwasher;

afterwards, fixing the leaks is another struggle. However, once you figure out the exact reason behind the leaks, you can easily fix leaks in the dishwasher. 

I hope that the solution discussed in this article was helpful for you in overcoming your Maytag dishwasher leaking issue.

If you have encountered any issues or trouble while following the article, make sure to leave those issues down below in the comment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to replace the inlet valve?

If your inlet valve is not working appropriately due to some reason you should consider replacing the inlet valve of your dishwasher. Replacing an inlet valve cost around $75 to $150 depending upon the brand and model of your dishwasher. You can easily replace the inlet valve if you have a screwdriver and other necessary tools. But, I suggest you contact dishwasher technicians. 

How to access Filter in Maytag dishwasher?

In Maytag, the dishwasher filter is located at the bottom of the dishwasher. To access the Maytag dishwasher filter, remove the lower dish rack from your dishwasher. Depending upon the model, you may need to remove the spray arms from the dishwasher. Once you remove the spray arms, you can easily access Filter in your Maytag dishwasher. 

Why is the Maytag dishwasher not drying?

If your Maytag dishwasher is not drying after a complete cycle, it is mainly caused by improper loading of dishes in your dishwasher. When you load the plates randomly in your dishwasher, air cannot pass through them; it leaves your dishes wet. Ensure you are not overloading your dishwasher with dishes, and consider loading as your manufacturer recommends. 

Why is the Maytag dishwasher not starting the cycle?

If the dishwasher power is on, but the dishwasher is not starting the cycle, there must be issues with the dishwasher timer settings or problems with a door latch. If you have played with the dishwasher setting, consider checking the timer of your dishwasher. Similarly, if the door latch is loose or damaged, you cannot start the cycle in your dishwasher. 

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