Dishwasher Leaks or Floods Underneath

The following are the most common causes for leaking or flooding from a dishwasher:


If suds are present inside:


  • Turn off the dishwasher and allow suds to dissipate. This may take several hours. Make sure any initial water is pumped out of the tub.

  • Using the wrong type or too much detergent can cause oversudsing. Suds can push water out of the tub causing a leaks or flooding condition. Only detergent specifically designed for automatic dishwashers such should be used.

  • View a short video about the proper detergent to use:



    • Spills of liquid rinse aid can cause sudsing and water leaks. If rinse aid is spilled while filling, clean immediately with a damp cloth. Leaks could also occur when using a solid rinse aid because it is dispensed throughout the entire cycle instead of when it is needed in the final rinse. If you have a water softener and get sudsing, discontinue use of rinse aid.

Not draining:


  • If the water is not draining and there are no suds present, or water is leaking from the air gap on the sink, there may be a plumbing issue.

  • For any water coming from under the dishwasher not attributed to a plumbing problem, GE Appliances recommends contacting service.


If the above suggestions do not resolve the issue, service may be needed. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.