You’ve had a dishwasher in your home kitchen from sometime now and want to know how long it should last for? Also, you might be wondering how you can tell when your dishwasher needs to be replaced.
Not every issue with a dishwasher is one that means that it needs to be replaced. More often than not, your appliance can be quite easily fixed with a spare part or by a form of cleaning. However, if you have had a dishwasher for quite a few years and it continually breaks down then it may well be a sign of further problems down the line. Find out below if you need to replace your dishwasher or simply get it fixed.
- Typically, a well-made dishwasher should last around 15 years, but this with vary between appliances and brands and so.
- Depending on where you live and the quality of the water is as water hardness will affect the lifespan of a dishwasher.
- The amount of times per day you use the dishwasher.
- If you live in a hard water area the dishwasher will wear quicker.
- A broken part on a dishwasher can be replaced with relative ease as a short term solution, however, if several parts have started to deteriorate quicker than expected then it suggest that more problems will begin to follow.
- In certain cases, a particular part may cost more than simply to upgrade to a brand new appliance.
Repairing versus replacing a dishwasher
Rust in dishwasher shelves
This is usually caused by mineral deposits contain within the water, typically referred to as hard water.
A short term solution would be to repair the rusted shelves by using a home repair kit or simply buying new shelves from an online parts store. It is worth noting that you should repair rusted shelving relatively quickly so that the rust does not stain crockery and cutlery. Also note that rust can clog the filter in your appliance which may lead to more problems.
The ultimate long term solution and obviously the most expensive option would be to replace the dishwasher completely. Rust on the shelves are one of the first signs that a dishwasher will need to be replaced. If the rust is left then it will eventually spread throughout the dishwasher to more surfaces.
Rust in dishwasher lining
Similarly as above this is caused by mineral deposits contained with the water.
Rut removing cleaning agents can be purchased from any supermarket. These products will help keep the mineral deposits and subsequently rust forming at bay. This should be a routine part of your dishwasher maintenance routine.
If the deposits have been left for a long period of time, the dishwasher may begin to crack and leak. If this happens, it is unfortunately time to replace. When rust is left too long in a dishwasher it will cause permanent damage to both the dishwasher itself and also your cutlery.
Cracks inside the inner compartment of your dishwasher
Think about the operation of a dishwasher, it goes through years of exposure to very hot water, corrosive detergents, vibrations and the force of the washing cycle. Cracks can develop inside the dishwasher and it is a sign that the materials are getting worn down by the cleaning cycle. If one part is worn, the chances are other are too.
A quick fix is for an appliance repair expert to use a sealant as a shorter terms solution to repair the crack, but regular maintenance will need to be carried out to ensure that the seal is still good.
If an inner crack is left untouched, the water and detergents will eventually seep through and damage the actual working parts of the appliance. A crack should be considered as a major appliance problem and it should not be used until fixed. This applies to even a small crack, hairline crack etc. Replacement of the entire inner compartment is usually quite an expensive job and therefore a more sensible option would be to opt for a brand new appliance.
Cracks in the outer shell (i.e. door or walls) of your dishwasher
Will all broken parts, they can usually be replaced, however the cost for replacement doors or outer walls can be quite high. In this case, we would normally recommend actually upgrading your appliance instead of repairing due to the costs involved.
Leaking water can run through the walls and floor that your dishwasher is next to which may cause damage to your kitchen. If you dishwasher has cracks in it then it is likely that it will continue to leak and therefore you should invest in a new appliance.
Dishwasher door will not close – rubber seal perimeter or door locking mechanism is damaged
The heat from the water and continued use will have weakened the rubber seal or the locking mechanism has worn from use.
If you open the door of the dishwasher, you will see a rubber seal around it which helps prevent water seepage. If the rubber has deteriorated away, the seal can simply be replaced as it is an easy fix and an inexpensive one. Occasionally the door itself can malfunction and will need to be replaced usually by an appliance repair technician.
A brand new appliance may cost more initially, but it will save so much hassle of having to get it repaired and constant maintenance costs. The dishwasher door is designed to seal the inner water and detergent from seeping out and causing a spillage. A replacement door could certainly be the answer that will allow for many more years’ worth of use so it should definitely be a consideration if the dishwasher is still relatively young. Otherwise, the recommendation would be to replace with a newer appliance.