Dishwasher not water tight?


Today our almost new dishwasher started gushing water all over the floor. I raced home from work and that that perhaps the connections needed tighting. They appeared to be fine. Apparently our disposal was clogged and so the dishwasher wasn't draining properly. It appears that when the water got to high it started pouring out of the lower left corner of the dishwasher door!
Now I thought that these contraptions are supposed to be water tight, and not leak if they get too full for some reason. I tested my leak theory be taking the dishwasher out and tilting it a little (as there was some water still in the tub) and sure enough it seamed to pour right out of the seams between the door and tub. The rubber gasket is there (remember this is an almost new machine). WHY in the world did it leak? I mean it was gushing water everywhere! I can't ask my wife to always check the disposal before running a load just to make sure its not stopped up. What should I do? Should I return and exchange it for another model that is more "water tight"? Any help is greatly appreciated.
THorin
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Uh, checking that the sink drains is the proper thing to do. Does your wife has some sort of problem that will not allow her to perform a simple function? I've had a DW for 40 years in different houses and SOP is to run the disposal before running the DW. The DW was designed to wash dishes and drain the water to a free and open system. It is not a fish tank or submarine.
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wrote:

Clean out the garbage disposal and I think all will be well again.

I agree with everything but the last word. What about dishwashers on submarines?
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There are none. They put the dishes in a net bag and hang them out the window for a few miles.
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wrote:

Wow, not I get it. I've seen that, but I thought they caught the dishes with their net. Sometimes there were dolphins in the net which further confused me.
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

    The water level in the dishwasher should never get too high, because there is a float level switch that is supposed to turn it off when it does. You must make sure the water has a place to drain, but it still should never reach a level where water is too high in the dishwasher. If the switch is working, the only other way is for it to be siphoning it back into the dishwasher.
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Ken wrote:

We have a White Westinghouse. Since it was new we have tgo keep a towel folded under the door. Checking it showed that the gasket was good but I replaced it anyhow. Technician checked it and could find nothing wrong. "too much soap, it foams up and runs under the door" But all we use is the tablets. No recovery under warranty. I do not understand why the door gasket only goes up the side, across the top and down the other side, none on the bottom. Stupid in my opinion.
Harry K
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Harry K wrote:

I'm a bachelor who has a very good Whirlpool dishwasher. If I'm not expecting any company, sometimes I'll fill a kitchen sink full of hot soapy water and then put my dishes in that sink until it gets full of dishes--sometimes that's 3 or 4 days or more. Then I eventually transfer them to the dishwasher.
The problem is if I don't rinse the dishes before hand and I put soap in the dishwasher, bubbles and water come out and go all over the floor. I solve the problem by doing a Rinse/Wash Later cycle to get rid of the hand-washing soap before I do a regular wash cycle and everything works fine.
The moral of the story is dishwashers don't have water tight doors. Have you tried a different brand of dishwasher soap? Or, are you perchance doing the same thing I do? If you are you should be ashamed of yourself. It shows you are lazy and have a defective character :> That sink full of dirty water really gets looking disgusting after 3 or 4 days and it's probably a health hazard :>
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The door is only sealed against splashing, not against an excessive water level. There is often a rather large gap in the gasket in the center of the bottom.
Don Young
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