Amana Dishwasher Leak Model DWA63AB
Posted 15 April 2006 - 09:09 AM
But now, the dishwasher leaks - near the door. I discovered it when I ran the dishwasher through a cycle with no dishes inside. The water seems to be dripping from the front of the dishwasher, but there's no way to see where it's coming from. Some water also seems to be coming from the junction box where the 110 V Romex power line comes in. That J-box is in the front of the D/W, near the right side.
Thinking that maybe the dishwasher wasn't level (or that I had screwed up its levelness by taking it in and out several times and caused it to tilt toward the door), I checked it out. It's very level -- only 0.1 or 0.2 degrees off of dead level. It's hard to do better than that.
Any ideas? Could it be a door seal? It's the original seal (7 years old), but it never leaked before the drain pump repair, and I didn't touch it during my work. It doesn't look bad, but it's hard to tell. Could it be that the unit is overfilling a bit? Might I have inadvertently changed the fill level somehow? Is there a water level adjustment on that micro switch that's controlled by the overfill float? Could it be that running it with no dishes in it aggravates the situation somehow, and that the lower spray bar sends bow waves thoughout the floor of the unit that somehow find an escape path? We'd not normally run it empty, but it really shouldn't leak under any conditions.
Thanks for your advice...
Posted 15 April 2006 - 11:20 AM
Posted 15 April 2006 - 05:31 PM
Got any other ideas? Do you think it's likely a door gasket? Too high a water level for some reason?
Posted 23 April 2006 - 07:18 AM
As an update, I decided to run the dishwasher with a load of dishes. It didn't leak a drop. We've run it now several times with dishes and there's been no problem with a leak. It makes me wonder if when it's empty, there's some sort of "bow wave" from the lower spray bar. Otherwise, nothing is different and I can't understand why it *doesn't* leak with dishes in it and it did when it was empty. Perhaps the door seal is more "stressed" when water from the spray bars has the opportunity of striking it directly. The presence of dishes may deflect the water and keep it from striking the door seal. I haven't re-tested it with no dishes to see if I can re-enact what happened a few weeks ago. I'm sure it shouldn't leak when there are no dishes in it. I wonder if it would be prudent to just replace the door seal anyway.
But now the other problem is back. It won't drain properly. I don't know what is going on. I've had the drain pump out twice, as mentioned earlier. Each time, I found glass in it, but prior to each instance, I could hear an abnormal noise in the pump. Now it's running quietly and (seemingly) properly. When I jumpered 110V to the motor, it dutifully pumped out the dishwasher. I then poured water in the dishwasher, with the pump wired to run constantly, and the water was promptly and completely pumped out. I then ran the pump by turning the timer switch to a position just before "Dry," where the pump normally evacuates water. It worked, but it almost seemed like it timed out a little early and didn't operate for long enough to remove all the water.
Questions: could it be that the timer switch is terminating the drain cycle earlier than normal? Is the length of that cycle adjustable? Could it be that my pump, though "working," is not working at it's proper efficiency and can't any longer get the job done in the alloted time?
I hate to thow any money for new pumps and door seals until I'm sure that such money is wisely expended.
Posted 23 April 2006 - 05:28 PM
Part link: http://www.repaircli...?R=154&N=236751
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