The GE Nautilus line of dishwashers features quiet operation and a protected upper rack. Like any dishwasher, it may leak, delaying dish cleaning and causing a huge mess in your kitchen. You may be able to troubleshoot a number of the fundamental issues that make a leak by yourself, but plumbing issues usually require professional support.

Clogged Drain

If your Nautilus dishwasher is leaking, the water may not be pumping from the tub properly. Generally, this is because of a clogged drain. Check your kitchen sink to find out whether it’s draining normally. If the sink drains poorly, also, contact a plumber to clear the pipes. Examine the drain hose where it connects beneath your sink to find out whether a blockage, kink or pinched department is avoiding the water from draining properly. For a dishwasher which drains into a garbage disposal, make sure the disposal plug has been removed; conduct the disposal until it’s completely empty to clear any blockages.

Clogged Air Gap

If your dishwasher has an air gap installed, it may leak if the air gap is dirty. The air gap is designed to protect the dishwasher from water which backs up if the drain is clogged. After the gap is dirty, it can become clogged itself therefore water fills the dishwasher tub and leaks onto the ground. The air gap is generally found on surface of your sink. Turn your dishwasher and lift the air gap’s cover, which is usually made of chrome. Then unscrew the plastic cap and use a toothpick to remove any debris or other material which might have built up. Replace the cover and cap. Your dishwasher ought to drain normally, stopping the leak.

Incorrect Detergent

Dishwasher leaks are often brought on by excessive suds within the tub that spill from the ports and onto the ground. You may experience an excessive of suds if you don’t use the proper detergent in your dishwasher. Use only automatic dishwasher detergents, not hand detergent. GE recommends Cascade and Electrasol for use in all GE dishwashers. Read the label in your detergent for the correct amount to use. If you stay in a place with hard water, you’ll need additional detergent. However, if your house has soft water, you may need to reduce the recommended amount of soap, or you may wind up using a leak.

Door Gasket Issues

Your dishwasher’s door gasket makes a seal which helps keep water in the tub while it’s in operation, so a problem with the gasket can cause a leak. If your dishwasher is newly installed, the appliance should finish several wash cycles before the gasket is completely seated, so you may choose to leave a towel on the ground for the first couple of uses. In an older dishwasher, wear and tear can affect the gasket. Examine it for cuts or tears that may keep it from creating an effective seal around the dishwasher door. If you find damage, replace the gasket to ensure a waterproof seal.

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