Dishwasher leaks leave behind a big mess and run the risk of leaving this kitchen convenience out of commission. Why is my Samsung dishwasher leaking water? A dirty or damaged door seal may cause leaks from the door during wash cycles. Try these Samsung dishwasher troubleshooting tips to stop leaks and keep your trusty appliance running optimally.
Signs of a Samsung Dishwasher Leaking Water
Dripping and puddles are clear signs of a Samsung dishwasher leaking water. But how do you know your dishwasher is leaking if no water is visible? Most Samsung dishwashers have a leak sensor that detects moisture, prompting an error code of “LC” on the display panel. After troubleshooting the leak with the following tips, perform a Samsung dishwasher leak sensor reset to clear the error code from the display. This can be done by turning off the dishwasher’s power and restoring it after one minute
1. Dishwasher Drain Hose Is Leaking
Water inlet or drain hoses are common sources of a Samsung dishwasher leaking water. The water inlet hose connects the dishwasher to your home water supply, providing it with consistent water access. The drain hose transports dirty dishwasher water to the sink drain or disposal. Both of these hoses can leak if they’re not properly secured to the dishwasher or your home connection. Damage such as holes or cracks can also result in leaks.
To access the water inlet and drain hoses, move the dishwasher away from the wall. Inspect their connections to the dishwasher, your home water supply, and the sink drain or disposal, tightening them if necessary. Look for cracks or holes that can also result in leaking. A damaged hose must be replaced.
2. Leaky Dishwasher Door Seal
Is your Samsung dishwasher leaking water from the front door during wash cycles? There may be a problem with the door seal. This rubber seal around the door’s perimeter prevents leaks during operation but a variety of issues can prevent it from working properly.
Here’s how to assess a leaky dishwasher door seal:
- Make sure it’s properly aligned: Sometimes the seal can be pushed out of alignment. If this happens, carefully place it back in its channel.
- Check for buildup or foreign objects: Crumbs, grease, or food particles can become stuck in the seal, preventing it from being watertight. Wipe down the seal with a damp, soapy cloth to remove any buildup or food particles.
- Look for damage: If the seal has holes or cracks or no longer remains aligned, it needs to be replaced.
3. Dishwasher Detergent Problem
It’s important to remember that only dishwasher detergent, not dishwashing soap or liquid, can be used in a dishwasher. Using anything other than dishwasher detergent can result in excessive sudsing.
If you notice your Samsung dishwasher overflowing with suds, you may not have used dishwasher detergent or added too much. Refer to the package instructions when adding detergent to ensure that you use the proper amount.
4. Dishwasher Spray Arm Issue
When the spray arms are clogged or obstructed they can result in a Samsung dishwasher leaking water. Food particles can clog spray armholes, causing a forceful spray of water to be diverted in directions that cause leaks. Similarly, if the spray arms’ rotation is blocked by an item in one of the racks, water can pool in one area and result in leaking.
Prevent spray arm issues with these tips:
- Avoid overloading: Loading too many items in each rack increases the chance that something will protrude and obstruct the spray arms.
- Rotate the spray arms by hand: Before starting a wash cycle, turn the spray arms by hand to make sure they rotate fully. Relocate any items that interfere with its rotation.
- Clean regularly: To prevent clogs and blockages, regularly remove the spray arms and clean them with warm soap and water. Remove clogs in spray armholes with a straightened paper clip or wire hanger. If the spray arm is damaged, it must be replaced.
5. Defective Water Inlet Valve
Samsung dishwasher water inlet valve leaking may be possible if the above tips don’t identify the source of the leak. The water inlet valve is near the water inlet hose, opening and closing to allow for water flow from your home supply. If one of the valve’s components is defective, leaking can occur from the valve in the back of the dishwasher or underneath.
If you notice leaking from the water inlet valve, it can’t be repaired and requires replacement by a professional dishwasher repair service.
The professionals at Moore Appliance Service can perform any Samsung repair to fix a leaky dishwasher. Schedule your expert service today!