My 15 + year old built-in Kenmore dishwasher has started leaking. Several
years ago (at least) we noticed that when the washer was running, the water
pipes would start hammering. Turning on a faucett anywhere in the house
would stop the hammering. At the time I thought it was a valve that might
be closing too fast but never did anything about it. The last two times we
ran the washer, we noticed water on the floor which looks like it came from
under the washer. We also realized at about the same time that there was no
water pipe hammering. My suspicion is a bad water inlet valve which was
probably responsible for the hammering and now the leak (the door gasket
appears to be fine). A new valve is available locally for $25 so I thought
I would take a shot at fixing it myself.
Would anyone care to comment on my diagnosis? Is it a fairly easy project
to replace the valve as far as getting to it (I haven't pulled the
dishwasher out yet so don't know exactly where the valve is) and are there
any special tools required?
A bad inlet valve is more likely to leak when the machine is NOT
running...that's when it's under the most pressure.
But, changing one out is not difficult. Getting the machine pulled out is
probably the hardest part of the job...and that ain't much either.
Depending on how the water line is hooked up, a crescent wrench or an open
end wrench, screwdriver and maybe a pair of pliers is all you'll need.
That sounds reasonable, but I thought it too much of a coincidence that
(assuming my pipes were hammering because of a chattering inlet valve) the
hammering stopped at the same time the dishwasher started leaking. I am
open to any other ideas.
Thanks for your help
That leak could be from anywhere, time to remove the lower access
panals and have a peek with a flash light. The banging pipes may be a
bad fill valve, but the fill valves rarely leak. No special tools
required to change the fill valve. Turn the water tap off first, it is
a fairly easy job :)
*Some* common leaks.
How to remove -some- access panals.
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