Time for a new dishwasher?

Dishwasher ReplacementIt runs loud, takes forever and still dishes seem to come out scummy.  You’re not satisfied with the performance of your dishwasher.  Is it time for repairs or should you replace it all together?

Typically, a dishwasher’s lifespan is about 10 years. If your dishwasher is older than that, and many are, it might be time for a replacement.  Here are other signs to look for that mean it’s time for a new dishwasher:


Inspect your dishwasher for rust, especially on the inside floor of the appliance. This suggests that water is collecting there. If you’re unsure, take a cloth and wipe the bottom of the dishwater.  If you find rust flakes, it’s a sign that you need a new dishwasher.

Cold water

Do your dishes feel cool just after going through a wash cycle? When you open the door is should be steamy hot!  If it’s not, it could mean you have a faulty thermostat. For efficient cleaning and sterilization you need hot water.  Contact an appliance repair company to see if they can replace the thermostat or repair the heating system.  If the repair is too costly, you might want to consider a replacement.

Damaged latch

You can’t run the dishwasher if it doesn’t close properly!  Most dishwashers won’t even start if the door is not properly shut.  If you feel like you’re constantly slamming the door to make it shut, call an appliance repair company and have them fix the latch.  If you wait too long the door could warp and then you’ll need a new dishwasher.

Cracked interior

Are there in cracks in the bottom of the dishwasher?  This is a huge problem.  Soapy water can leak through the cracks, all over your kitchen floor, into cabinets and even down into the basement ceiling.  Not only that, the moisture can potentially damage the electric components of your dishwasher.  Call an appliance repair company immediately if your dishwasher seems to be leaking or if there is a noticeable crack.  Sometimes they can repair it.  If not, they’ll recommend you get a new dishwasher.

Poor draining

One of the most common signs that lead to dishwasher replacement is poor draining. If at the end of the cycle, you see water standing inside the bottom of your dishwasher, then this indicates that the drain is damaged or so exhausted that it is breaking down. If you use your dishwasher often this type of wear and tear is normal, but it still means the water can leak out on the floor of the kitchen. This can damage the flooring, cabinets or leak into the basement ceiling, causing structural damage.

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