A broken dishwasher is a major inconvenience. The thought of hand-washing your dishes probably makes you wince. The question is whether a repair will suffice or if a replacement is necessary. The answer hinges on the potential cost of this repair versus the cost for a full replacement.
Consider the Dishwasher’s Age
If your dishwasher is eight years old or older, you should give some consideration to purchasing a new one. In general, dishwashers typically last between six years and a full decade. If yours is not nearing this age, it might be possible to repair it and enjoy more years of use. Finding replacement parts for some older dishwashers might prove difficult.
The Warranty Matters
Dishwashers that are still under warranty are ones that should be repaired. It is more economically efficient to repair these than replace them. Let our appliance repair experts determine the true problem and perform the proper repair in accordance with the standards of the warranty, so your dishwasher proves serviceable.
The cost of the repair matters most when considering whether to fix or replace your appliance. If the cost of the repair is more than half of the cost of a new model, consider upgrading to a new unit. However, if the cost of the repair is less than half the cost of a new model, it might make sense to have the repair performed. The only exception is for dishwashers nearing the end of their anticipated lifespan.
Type of Repair
A dishwasher that requires a minor repair, like fixing a soap dispenser or a door seal, should be repaired right away. A major repair involving something like the motor or circulation pump will prove costly. If the part is egregiously expensive, you should weigh the merits of a possible replacement.