This guide applies to most GE dishwashers, including the following models:
This step-by-step walkthrough is perfect for you if you have a GE dishwasher, especially if your model is one of the following: DDW550B-45, DDW550B-48, DDW550B-55, DDW650B-45, DDW650B-48, GDT655SSJ0SS, GDT655SSJ0SS, GDT695SMJ0ES, GLDT696T00SS, GSD2200G00WW, GSD2200G02WW, GSD3200J00WW, GSD3400G00WW, GSD4030Z02WW, GSD6660G00SS, PDW7880G00SS, PDW7880J10SS, PDW8280J00SS, PDW8280J10SS, PDW9280J00SS, or SD4920X66BB.
1. Check the door gasket (door seal)
Your dishwasher’s door gasket is like the superhero that blocks water from making an escape during a wash cycle. For some GE dishwasher models, you’ll also find rubber baffles sitting in the bottom corners, acting as sidekicks to prevent water leaks. Over time, like all heroes, the gasket and baffles might wear out, leading to those annoying leaks.
Is your gasket or baffle out of place or looking tired? Try giving them a gentle push back into their positions. But sometimes, they are beyond saving, and you might need to get new ones.
Got a brand new dishwasher? Your door gasket might be a bit stiff and just needs some time to fit snugly into its groove. After a couple of washes, it should settle in, and those leaks should be history!
Here’s how you can check on your gasket and baffles:
- Open your dishwasher door wide.
- Give the gasket a once-over. If it’s hanging loose or looks broken, see if it can be pushed back or if it’s time for a replacement.
- Peek at the bottom corners. See the baffles? Decide if they need replacing too.
2. Check the bottom door gasket (some models)
Some GE dishwashers have an extra layer of defense: a gasket running along the bottom of the door.
To investigate the bottom door gasket, do the following:
- Power down your dishwasher (safety first!).
- Open the door.
- Unscrew the outer door panel but hold it steady (it needs support when you take out the last screws).
- With the panel still supported, gently close the dishwasher door.
- Now, pull down the outer door panel and take it off.
- Open the door again.
- Unscrew the bottom two screws securing the inner door panel.
- Loosen the two screws in the lower-middle part that are holding the inner door panel.
- Lift the bottom of the inner door panel slightly and use needle-nose pliers to pull out the bottom door gasket.
- Examine the gasket. If it’s damaged, it’s time for a new one.
3. Check the spray arms for damage or a blockage
Spray arms in your dishwasher are like little water sprinklers that make sure your dishes get squeaky clean. But sometimes, if a spray arm gets damaged or one of its holes gets warped or blocked, water might start spraying in places it shouldn’t, like at the dishwasher door or the side panels, leading to leaks.
If a spray arm is throwing water tantrums, you can either replace it or reinstall it. And if it’s just a tiny blockage, you can unblock those holes to stop the leaks.
Here’s how to check the spray arms:
- Pop open the dishwasher door.
- Take out any dish racks that are in the way so you can get a good look at the spray arms.
- Check the spray arms for any damage or blockages. You can do this either by peeping inside the dishwasher or by taking the spray arms out.
- Found debris blocking a hole? Get rid of it! If it’s stubborn, white vinegar or baking soda might help.
- If a spray arm is damaged, it’s time to get a new one.
4. Are you using too much detergent?
Guess what? Sometimes, the problem is just too much of a good thing! Using too much detergent can also lead to leaks because the extra soap creates lots of suds that try to escape through the gasket.
Ensure you’re using the right detergent meant for dishwashers and not going overboard with the quantity. Always follow the instructions on the detergent package for the right amount. Plus, keep your detergent dispenser sparkly clean, free of any stuck-on detergent that can also create excess suds.
Remember, when it comes to detergent, less is often more! You’ll be preventing not just leaks but also taking care of your dishwasher and the environment by not overusing products.
5. Check the door is closing properly
Sometimes, the issue is as simple as the door not closing the way it should. If your dishwasher door isn’t shutting tight, the latch might not be holding it properly, letting water slip out. Or maybe the screws keeping the door panel in place have gotten a bit loose.
Here’s your to-do list to check the door:
- First, make sure the power is off – safety always comes first!
- Check the door latch. Is it clicking shut when you close the door? If it seems broken, it’s time for a replacement. But remember, turn off the power before you start playing with the door latch.
- Open up the dishwasher door and look at the screws holding the outer door panel. Are they all there and tight? If not, grab a screwdriver and tighten them up.
If you think the screws on the inner door panel might be the issue, you’ll need to remove the outer door panel screws to take a closer look, just like when you checked the bottom door gasket earlier.