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boehnc

08:06AM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 08/29/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
I have a question. Our dishwasher began to leak the other day. As I used to install and remove these when at the apts., I knew it wasn't the water supply line or drain, etc. So I removed the dishwasher and took it outside to inspect it better. Sure enough, I found that the heating element had fell from it's holding brackets and burned a small line (hole) into the rear of the copolymer tub.

Question: Is there any way to repair a copolymer dishwasher tub leak using some kind of adhesive/sealant? I need you to ask some of the people that have done work for you. Thank you in advance

appliguy

02:12PM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Hi,

What is the make? Approx age?

*Some* of the Frigidaire built d/w's have had horrid problems with this happening and some have been replaced by the manufacture.

Just a thought.

**Question: Is there any way to repair a copolymer dishwasher tub leak using some kind of adhesive/sealant?**

You -really- want to take the chance of a possible flood if the patch lets go and ruins the cabinets/ceiling/ect!!??!!??

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/

boehnc

02:47PM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 08/29/04
3 lifetime posts
It's a maytag, about 2 years old Maytag. I've gone round and round with them for the last few weeks. Both Maytag and *****. Both online and on the phone. They say it's a part issue, not failure. I say it's failure of the holding brackets to do their job properly and that there's no way this should have happened with a fairly new dishwasher that cost us $600. Thanks for your response...just checking options.

tomh

03:28PM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
My warranty states that for 20 years "from the date of original purchase through the 20th year, should hte tub develop a wter leak in normal home use, the diswasher itself will be replaced FREE OF CHARGE".

Exclusions: improper installation, delivery or maintenance,

Any repair modification alterationor adjustment not authorized by themanufacturer or authorized servicer

Incorrect electric current, voltage or supply

Improper setting of any control.

Commercial or industrial use.

It seems to fit your description, and I agree with you. The parts failed. Not much you did, or could have done to alter the machine.

appliguy

05:55PM | 08/30/04
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts
Hi,

**I've gone round and round with them for the last few weeks. Both Maytag and $ears. Both online and on the phone**

Some ways to complain....might help....

The Art of Complaining....

http://consumeraction.gov/caw_afterubuy_general_tips.shtml

http://www.aham.org/experts/complain.cfm

**They say it's a part issue, not failure. I say it's failure of the holding brackets to do their job properly**

I can see it both ways:

It is possible for a consumer to have a knife or such fall through the bottom basket which can catch on the element and pull it out of place.

If manufactures want to get away from rusting issues and use more plastic parts ( I know it really isn't plastic ) instead of porcelain on metal, they should expect the occational problem with a hole/crack/burn mark and then properly deal with them rather than making the consumer run around and around.

-If- you really want to patch the d/w, a food grade adhesive would be best as the water will contact what ever you use and the water will contact your dishes/plates.

http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=153&N=679589

White silicone adhesive, specially formulated for use in the dishwasher.

jeff.

Appliance Repair Aid

http://www.applianceaid.com/
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