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FIXED Maytag MDB8959SFZ4 Dishwasher - Leak near bottom of front door

chadd

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Hello!
I'm hoping you can help me with a problem with my dishwasher. Unfortunately, it is leaking near the bottom of the front door. I saw some water on the floor and then felt the insulation that is at the bottom back of the front door, and it was fairly damp. I've attached a screenshot showing where the wetness was (red arrow pointing to the wet insulation). Any ideas as to what the culprit could be? I figured it would simply be a seal but on the inside the dishwasher, I don't see a seal on the bottom or anything like that.

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Jake

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Hi Chadd,

You do have a lower door seal, here it is for your model:
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Watch this video to access it:


Let us know what you find.

Jake
 

chadd

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Hey Jake! Thanks for the response. Looking at that particular piece, this area of that seal is pretty chewed up in my dishwasher. I think it is from the silverware tray that sits on that side. Knives occasionally, go through the little silverware tray and when you pull it out, it drags on this side of the seal. It's hard to see in the picture but the plastic is pretty gnarled up.

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Jake

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Got it!

Here's the part you need:

Jake
 

chadd

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Hello Jake:
I am going to order the first part you suggested. I think my last post was a bit confusing. I was just stating how the plastic lower door seal (the part you first suggested) is all gnarled up from getting hit with silverware. Hopefully that makes sense. The actual rubber door seal appears to be fine.
 

Jake

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Ok Chadd, sounds good, let us know how it goes.

Jake
 

chadd

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Hello:
I have the part in hand; however, haven't had time to do the replacement yet. Hoping this week. I'll let you know how it goes. Appreciate the help! My oven broke so I'm opening a thread for that. sigh.
 

Jake

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Ok, keep us posted.

Jake
 

chadd

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Hello:
I replaced the lower door seal and, after one wash cycle, it didn't leak. This part baffles me though. There is no real 'seal/gasket' - its simply a piece of plastic. I'm puzzled how this piece actually SEALS anything.
 

Jake

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I'm puzzled how this piece actually SEALS anything.
That makes two of us! LOL.

Glad that fixed it Chadd.(y)

Thanks for the update!

Jake
 
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