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1985 GE Dishwasher slowly accumulating water in tub bottom
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Post# 929242   3/27/2017 at 16:02 (206 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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My sister has a GE 940 Potscrubber that was purchased new in 1985. The thing has hardly been used since that time and is still like new inside and out. I run it now and then to keep it limber. This past Saturday I opened the door and found water in the bottom of the tub. That actually wasn't the first time I've found this condition in the recent past but previously didn't give it that much thought. I ran it through a Rinse & Hold cycle and after it finished there was no water to be seen in the tub. Yesterday I looked inside and found water a little above the sump area. The water level was higher than that Saturday. Only thing I can think is the fill valve has developed a slow leak? I didn't think to look for any trace of water just below the fill hole. Any thoughts?

Post# 929248 , Reply# 1   3/27/2017 at 17:06 (206 days old) by duke ()        

Turn the water supply off for a few days & you'll know for sure.I have seen the rubber drain line drop below sink level causing a full sink of water to partially back fill the tub.

Post# 929323 , Reply# 2   3/27/2017 at 22:46 (206 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

If the water is really clean, likely a weeping inlet valve. As duke said, you can shut it off for a while. Check the drain hose, that is where most of the backup issues come from. It should be as high as possible, then slope down in to the garbage disposal

Post# 929375 , Reply# 3   3/28/2017 at 07:05 (205 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Water accumulating in DW between uses

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The most accurate way to know if it is the inlet valve is to just open the DW door and see if you feel wetness below the hole on the lower left inside of te tank where the water comes in.


Shutting off the inlet water is not a reliable test because the majority of manual shut-off valves under the sink do not shut off completely if they are over ten years old.

Post# 929381 , Reply# 4   3/28/2017 at 08:07 (205 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Thanks for the input. Will check it out when I get there again.

Post# 929383 , Reply# 5   3/28/2017 at 08:42 (205 days old) by duke ()        

John's advice is  better concerning the inlet valve.I have found many valves that seeped even when turned tightly off.Last Friday in fact.

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