Compared to hand-washing dishes, a dishwasher can be more efficient, safer, and faster. But like other household appliances, it isn’t built to last forever. Your dishwasher can break down when you least expect it to, and will require repairs every now then.
Recognizing the most common dishwasher problems and solutions will keep you better prepared, but knowing the ways to lower your dishwasher repair cost can definitely save you money!
How much does it cost to repair a dishwasher?
Fixing a dishwasher typically costs between $100 to $300. Most will spend around $200 to repair a leaking dishwasher.
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Keep these tips in mind to avoid major (and costly) dishwasher problems:
1. Routinely check for worn or torn door gaskets, hinges, handles, etc.
Also, observe if the motor is producing too much noise.
It’s a good idea to check for lime build-up and replace dirty filters.
You’ll want to visually inspect your dishwasher on a regular basis to catch small problems before they get worse.
2. Run your dishwasher at least once a week.
Even if you’re not using your dishwasher often, run it at least once a week to keep the machine in great working order. Running it even just for a short cycle keeps the motor seals from drying out.
If you’re often traveling, run it whenever you’re home.
3. Clean your dishwasher monthly.
Grease, lime, and food residue, among others, build up in your dishwasher over time.
Deep cleaning your dishwasher at least once a month will avoid clogs that reduce the amount of water circulating during cycles.
Dissolve grease effectively with vinegar. Baking soda can also be used to absorb unpleasant odors.
4. Don’t overload your dishwasher.
Overloading your dishwasher is one of the surprising ways you’re shortening the life of your machine.
This makes the dishwasher leak and causes additional wear and tear on the unit. The dishes won’t get fully cleaned so you’ll have to rinse them twice.
Is it worth trying to repair a dishwasher?
It’s worth trying to salvage your dishwasher in some cases. If it needs something simple such as a new soap dispenser, drain pump or fill valve or a pressure switch, it won’t be necessary to replace it.
There are instances when it’s time to replace your dishwasher, though. If it doesn’t drain properly, or if it isn’t energy-efficient, you’re better off with a new unit. If your dishwasher is rusty and in need of frequent repairs, we recommend replacing it and installing a new one.
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