Should you repair or replace a broken dishwasher? A homeowner’s guide
18 Oct

Should you repair or replace a broken dishwasher? A homeowner’s guide

Dishwashers are amazing modern inventions that save time and frustration. But sometimes they stop working, which can throw a tremendous monkey wrench into your home life. Of course, you can always hand wash the dishes, but the convenience and ease a dishwasher delivers to your kitchen routines will be missed.

When a dishwasher breaks, most people wonder: Should they repair or replace a broken dishwasher? 

The answer depends on the age of the dishwasher, the complexity of the repair and whether or not the necessary parts are available to fix it.

Our broken dishwasher guide will walk you through the decision process on whether repairs are worth the hassle.

If you need help with your broken dishwasher, call Plumbers 911. We can refer a local contractor to make a housecall and either repair your broken dishwasher or suggest replacing it with a new model.

How long does a dishwasher last?

Modern dishwashers typically last six to 10 years. Roughly 30 percent of dishwashers will require a repair in their first five years of use. But if your dishwasher is at least 8 years old, consider replacing it. Even if the cost of a repair is relatively minor, there is a good chance another more expensive repair is just around the corner.

How much does a new dishwasher cost?

The price of a dishwasher can vary according to model and quality, but a basic model will cost about $400, though higher-end dishwashers can go for up to $2,000. You should also factor in $50 to $100 for installation costs from a professional plumber, assuming your home already has existing hookups. 

Keep in mind that newer dishwashers are more efficient, even over a span of six to eight years. A newer dishwasher may save on your water and electricity bills. It may be well worth the investment. 

Weighing the 50 percent rule against the age of a dishwasher

Compare the cost of repair against the cost of installing a new dishwasher. To be cost effective, the cost of a repair should be 50 percent of the replacement cost, though that can depend on the age of the dishwasher. As dishwashers age, they face more frequent repairs. It’s also worth noting that parts for older dishwashers may be hard to get, out of stock or relatively expensive to replace.

How simple is the repair?

Sometimes a dishwasher repair is critical yet relatively simple, such as a door that doesn’t latch or seal, a clogged drain or a soap dispenser problem. You can hire a professional plumber to fix simple issues on the cheap. But major repairs, such as a circulation pump or motor, can be exorbitantly expensive. You might be better off replacing the dishwasher. 

Talk to a licensed plumber through Plumbers 911. They can evaluate the problem and let you know if the dishwasher is worth repairing or should be replaced.  

Need help with your dishwasher? Call Plumbers 911

If you need help with your dishwasher, call Plumbers 911. Our network of local plumbing contractors are well versed in dishwasher repair. They can provide an estimate on fixing your dishwasher and make a recommendation as to whether or not you should replace it.

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