The other night, I turned the dishwasher on as I usually
do, and after a while a little bit of dark liquid
dripped out of the right bottom corner of the machine
and onto the floor.
cleaned it up, thinking very little about it, but the
same thing has happened every time I have used the
dishwasher since. In fact, it is getting worse, and I
now have to put a bowl at that corner to catch the goo.
should I do? The dishwasher is about 10 years old and
works perfectly otherwise.
do you think the problem is? Is it expensive to fix?
Whom should I call, or should I try to fix it myself?
The problem is, I don’t make house calls, so I have to
diagnose these things without visiting the patient.
best guess is that the bottom door seal is worn out
enough to have stopped performing properly and needs to
be replaced. It happens.
cost of repair, which includes ordering the correct seal
for that model, can vary considerably. A new seal itself
isn’t usually expensive, and your dishwasher is new
enough so you wouldn’t need to do much searching for a
what I see in online videos, some brands accommodate
work by do-it-yourselfers who follow directions that
include shutting off the power. Other brands seem to beg
for a professional repair.
a pro typically guarantees a quick repair despite the
cost of a service call, labor, and parts needed. Look on
the manufacturer’s website to see what’s involved.
usually leave plumbing and electricity to the
professionals, although if the job is simple and not
risky — clearing a jam in the garbage disposal, for
instance — I’ll do it.
late Marcel Paillaird, who was my plumber and the
subject of many columns over the years, once spent hours
correcting a sink repair I had tried to undertake
myself. He gave my wife his cellphone number as he was
leaving for his home in Hatfield, Pa.
he ever gets within five feet of a pipe again, call me
immediately and sit on him until I get here,"
Paillaird told her.