Dishwashers are being released every year that use less water and electricity. This fact complicates the challenge of determining whether you should purchase a particular dishwasher or whether you should simply repair your older, defective machine. To determine whether it makes more economical sense to repair or replace your dishwasher, there are several factors you should consider.
Check The Basics
With any appliance that is not working, there are a few things that need to be done to make sure that the problem is not being caused by an easily solved issue. Make sure that the dishwasher is connected to the main power grid. Also, make sure that there was not a circuit breaker that was tripped and that is causing the dishwasher to not work. Also, if the floor is uneven, this can sometimes prevent an appliance from turning on.
Know The Lifespan Of Your Dishwasher
Find out how long your appliance is expected to last. Dishwashers are expected to last for about 9 years. If your machine is older than that, it is a very good idea to consider having it replaced. Your owner's manual may have a more exact lifespan for your particular model.
Don't Void Your Warranty
When you do choose to have your dishwasher repaired, make sure that you use a factory-authorized repair shop. Otherwise, there is a risk that you will void your warranty. While many customers are more satisfied with the service that is provided by a small repair shop, it may be necessary to instead use a dealer depending on the requirements of your warranty. If your dishwasher is still under warranty, schedule a service call.
Replace Simple Parts Rather Than The Whole Machine
When a major part needs to be repaired or replaced, such as a circulation pump or the motor, it is a good idea to have the entire dishwasher replaced. However, for most other smaller components, it makes more sense to replace the part that needs to be replaced.
The best way to determine whether it is time to replace an appliance is to call a repair technician. While it will cost money for someone to come and visit your home, the amount of money you would save by not replacing an appliance unnecessarily justifies the cost. If the appliance simply needs to some repair parts, the technician can efficiently have the appliance repaired so that you do not have to waste any more time.