Is It Worth Fixing a Dishwasher?


Is It Worth Fixing a Dishwasher

When something goes wrong with one of your appliances, it can be difficult to know whether you should fix it, or purchase a new one. Especially with an item such as a dishwasher, there are always new models coming out. 

These new models that come out each year are often more energy-efficient, and help you save money in the long run. Despite this, there is no single answer that can tell you whether or not you should fix or replace your dishwasher. 

With pros and cons to both options, you will need to weigh out the factors in your situation. One of these important factors is age. If your dishwasher is older than eight years old then it is nearly the end of its lifecycle. After weighing this, and a few other options, you can decide whether or not you should replace or fix your dishwasher.

Check your Warranty

If your dishwasher is still under warranty then fixing it is probably the best option. Although there may be a few hoops to jump through, this will be the most economical option. 

You will most likely need to find a factory-authorized repair shop and call them, but the upside is that you will have your dishwasher fixed free of charge. You will fully save money with this option and be taking advantage of your warranty. 

How Old is Your Dishwasher?

The age of the dishwasher makes a huge difference in whether or not you should fix or replace it. If your dishwasher is over eight years old, then you can consider getting a new one. This is specifically because newer dishwashers only have a lifespan of six to ten years. 

If your dishwasher is close to ten years old, then it won’t be worth it to fix it. It may also be difficult to find parts to fix your older model. 

Newer dishwashers are more efficient than old ones. This means that by replacing your old dishwasher, you might end up saving yourself money on electricity and water. This will make it worth it to replace the old one.

What Type of Repair is Needed

Depending on the problem you have, your dishwasher may not be worth repairing. If your dishwasher needs a new

  • Door latch 
  • Seal
  • Soap dispenser
  • Pressure switch
  • Drain pump or
  • Fill valve

Then a repair can be worth it. If your dishwasher has a major part that needs to be repaired such as the motor, then it is most likely a better option to replace it.

Repair vs. Replacement

Whenever your dishwasher breaks you should evaluate the cost of the repair to the cost of a replacement. The cost of the repair should be at least less than 50 percent of what it would cost to buy a new model. 

If the repair ends up being more than that, then purchasing a dishwasher is a better option. Especially if your dishwasher is older. Spending 50 percent of the cost of your dishwasher on a repair does not make sense if you will need to replace it in a year or two.

Understanding Repair

Modern dishwashers are quite durable and actually shouldn’t need much maintenance. Typically modern dishwashers are made from brass or stainless steel and come with electronic touchpads. Sometimes these repairs are simple and can be done yourself, but if not then you will be charged a fee from a repair company. 

These fees can range anywhere from $75 to $100 per hour. Add this to the cost of parts and this can add up. If you have a clogged spray arm it can cost $115, whereas a blocked drain hose might cost $170. Simple problems such as a defective control panel can cost $150, and if you have all three of these problems you’re looking at a cost right under $500! 

Be aware that the cost to fix Samsung appliances tends to be higher than Whirlpool appliances.

Understanding Replacement

The average lifespan of a dishwasher is about nine to ten years, but this greatly depends on how much you use your machine. If your dishwasher is under replacement then these repairs might be free, but if your warranty is expired and it keeps breaking down, replacement might be a better option. 

There are typically three categories regarding dishwashers, budget, midrange, and luxury. Budget models are often between $250 to $500. These are basic with a control panel on the outside of the door. Rather than extensive wash cycles they typically offer two or three. With modern dishwashers, these budget models still appear stylish and have stainless steel exteriors.

Midrange dishwashers typically cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. These dishwashers have extra wash cycles, adjustable racks, semi-integrated control panels, and possibly soil sensors. They are usually not as loud as budget dishwashers and often come in many different finishes.

Luxury units are top-of-the-line. They will offer at least six wash cycles, three racks, and many different loading options. These machines are extremely quiet and offer high-tech control panels. With prices ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, these are the nicest dishwashers on the market. 

Most appliance dealers will offer free shipping when you purchase a certain level of dishwasher, but be aware that installation is not included. New installation can be between $100 to $300, and it is important to hire a professional. Although you can do this yourself, sometimes you might create issues with valves or plumbing that is different from your old one.

If your dishwasher repair is going to cost more than 50 percent of the cost of a new one, you should consider buying new.

Benefits of Both Options

Even if you are repairing your dishwasher, you will eventually need to replace it. There are many reasons to repair your dishwasher, and often it is more cost-efficient at the moment. Despite this, it is important to look at the big picture. 

Often it is not only more cost-efficient but also better for the environment to reuse your appliance. Rather than go through the process to shop, purchase, get rid of your old appliance, and install a new one, you can simply repair your old one.

The benefits of purchasing a new model are that you will save money on costs regarding energy and water consumption. Despite the large upfront cost, this machine will also come with a warranty, and you’ll have a new machine for the next ten years to come.

Related Questions

What is the average cost of a dishwasher?

There are various levels of dishwashers. You can purchase a dishwasher for as little as $200, and as high as $2000. 

Should I install my dishwasher myself?

If you feel confident to do this then you can try, but many things can go wrong. If you are investing in a new dishwasher it is always a better option to allow a professional to do it for you. 

When should I replace my dishwasher?

If the repair cost is more than 50% of the replacement cost, then it is more cost-efficient to replace it. Purchasing a new dishwasher will allow you to save money in other areas, so it ends up being worth it.

Chloe Meltzer

Real estate agent and copywriter, originally from California. Chloé brings her real estate expertise into her writing to create effective and helpful home guides for you! When not writing or selling homes, she spends her time as a digital nomad traveling the world.

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