Maytag MDB5000 leak Issues
Posted 18 May 2005 - 05:32 PM
It's seldom when I find myself at a loss to solve a problem. (Last time I was asking about the braking assy on a post 95 GE Washer)
But this time I am dealing with a Maytag Dishwasher. This nasty little nasty has been a nemesis for many a year.
The lady called me out for a door leak. I replaced the door seal PN 902894. Popped it in place, leaked checked it, collected my pay and tripped along on my merrie way.
Next day she calls and says its still leaking "a bit".
So, putting a little backing tape behind the seal along the lower edge, the leak stops. Huzzah. Two days later guess what guys? Yep. Its still leaking.
I open the inner liner. No water tracks eminating from anywhere near the dispenser assy and that latch grommet. And the glass insulation is dry. Ok, its coming from somewhere along the bottom.
The foam seal Pn 903233, was creased so I changed it. And to be absolutly sure, I also changed the lower spray arm PN 90001788. GUESS WHAT? NOPE, it STILL leaks! Appears to be coming from the edges.
The door hinges seem to be not worn, and the panel cover is holding the foam seal fairly snugly against the wash basin.
In the years I've been doing this, Ive still not felt confident about addressing Maytag DW leaks.
I actually get knots in my stomach when I hear its a Maytag with a door leak. I seldom have the luxury of walking away from one of these without coming back again. And again.Worst of all I chose to honorably refund her money and suggest she find another who thinks he can nail this one. THAT, my friends, really hurts.
What are you guys doing that solves this damned problem?
Posted 18 May 2005 - 06:25 PM
Posted 18 May 2005 - 06:43 PM
I did notice that the water valve was letting in more water than it should (the heating element was under water) and so I drained out some till it was about where it should be. Ran again. Leaks again.
Just sent her back her money. She was understanding. I don't mind the hundred bucks so much as the damaged pride of accomplishment. And she will probably call someone else next time. THAT HURTS
Posted 19 May 2005 - 01:40 AM
Honesty in this business counts for lots more than some realize. I can garantee when you take care of the customer the way you did, even though the problem isn't fixed, you will be first one they call back next time.
And, regarding your problem, did you check if the door latch stike on that unit is adjustable, some of the older ones, (if I remember correctly), were. On a portable Maytag quite a few years ago replaced a door gasket and it still leaked, found the stick plate that sticks out from top of dishwasher was adjustable. Adjusted it a little tighter and it solved the problem.
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501
Posted 19 May 2005 - 07:27 AM
Coastal Appliance Heating & Air
North County San Diego
Posted 20 May 2005 - 03:26 AM
On more than one occasion, the problem turned out to be that she was using too much detergent-- was ok for a while but as the dishwasher aged, it was less able to withstand the extra sudsing.
In your case, I suspect an aging door gasket is no longer sealing well.
Posted 20 May 2005 - 04:52 PM
Posted 20 May 2005 - 04:53 PM
Posted 04 June 2005 - 01:56 PM
Got to go I hear Bud calling.....
Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:54 PM
oombalumba BACK="#ffffff": you there Samurai?
Zenzoidman: maybe, depends on whether you're with the gubmint or not.
oombalumba: uh, no way jose
Zenzoidman: ok, well, then i can't talk to you. bye.
Zenzoidman: just kidding!
Zenzoidman: what's up?
oombalumba: Master Samurai, I have answered the ancient riddle of the Leaking Maytag Door
Zenzoidman: whatchoo be sayin', bosco?
oombalumba: I'm referring to many posts to your appliance site. Long story short just purchased a house with a 2002 Maytag with leaks at the bottom door hinges
oombalumba: After searching the web I discovered many upset people (including a few repair people) who had the same problem.
Zenzoidman: and the bulder had installed cheesy dryer vents?
Zenzoidman: sadly, a too common story!
oombalumba: I think Maytag's door gasket is a smidgen too thin (maybe it shrinks over time). On a hunch I pulled mine out, put about 1/16" spacer behind it, and reinstalled it backward actually as it looked a bit deformed on the face
Zenzoidman: and that fixed it?
oombalumba: before the machine spat a few teaspoons worth of water every 10-30 seconds, and since my fix it's been totally dry for the last half hour with no dishes in the machine
Zenzoidman: cool! lemme know how it does on the long-term test
oombalumba: Maytag wanted $150 to even look at it
Zenzoidman: but the power of the purse over-ruled that
oombalumba: One guy in one of your forums about this was actually distraught over Maytag doors. Remember, he gave back his customer his fee when he couldn't fix it? I tried looking him up online to let him know of the apparent fix but I couldn't find him...
oombalumba: http://applianceguru.com/view_topic.php?id=756&forum _id=1&highlight=maytag+leak#
Zenzoidman[color=#ff0000 BACK="#ffffff"]:[color=#000000] hang on, lemm check that[/color]
[color=#ff0000]Zenzoidman:[/color][color=#000000] you should post this clever fix in that thread-- he'll read it.[/color]
[color=#0000ff]oombalumba:[/color][color=#000000] Anyway, I'll let you know about the long term results but it's humming away know with no H2O on the floor. I'd advise pulling out the door seal and reinstalling it so it seats a bit farther out than before. I had to adjust the latch a tad to accomodate the new seal position...[/color]
[color=#0000ff]oombalumba:[/color][color=#000000] Have to go...nice website. Sayonara[/color]
[color=#ff0000]Zenzoidman:[/color][color=#000000] thanks! have a good night[/color]
[color=#0000ff]oombalumba:[/color][color=#000000] you too
[/color][color=#0000ff]oombalumba signed off at 8:29:29 PM.[/color][color=#000000]
Lurker_Trying to help..._*
Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:43 PM
[align=left]If the above checks have been performed and the dishwasher continues to leak water at the lower corners of the door. Replace the steel outer door. The replacement steel outer door part number is 99002570. This door has a vertical slot that will allow it to drop closer to the tub bottom. This reduces thewater surge behind the inner door and in the corners, eliminating the water leak[/align]
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