A dishwasher is one of the most commonly-used appliances in the kitchen! It’s also one of the most taken for granted until it stops working properly, that is.
If you’re unsure whether your dishwasher needs to be replaced or just needs a little TLC, Plumbing Dynamics is here to help you settle on your important decision.
We’ll explore the most common signs that indicate it’s time for a dishwasher replacement and why you should always consult with a licensed plumber when selecting and installing your new dishwasher.
Your Dishes Not Getting Clean
Lingering, crusted food and dirt is the most obvious sign that something is wrong with your dishwasher.
While this can be frustrating, there are actually a few reasons why this might happen.
First, the dishwasher may need to be replaced. If it is over 10 years old, its parts may be wearing down, causing it to not clean as efficiently as it used to.
Another reason your dishwasher may be leaving dishes dirty is that it may not be getting hot enough. The water should be hot enough to kill bacteria and remove dirt and food particles from dishes. If you are having trouble with your dishwasher, contact a licensed plumber for help. We can quickly detect your problem and help you find a long-term solution.
Dishwasher is Leaking
If there is water pooling on the floor around your dishwasher, it’s a red flag that it’s time to go shopping for a new appliance. Water leaks can lead to devastating floor and wall damage, and dangerous mold and mildew growth.
If you run your dishwasher and find that you have to clean up a mess after each wash, you have a leak and should immediately replace your dishwasher.
Your Dishwasher Makes Strange Noises
If you notice that your dishwasher has started making strange noises, it could be a sign that there is something loose inside the machine or that one of the parts has worn out and needs to be replaced. In any case, it’s best to have a licensed professional take a look at it just to be safe.
Some of the most common noises from a faulty dishwasher are:
- Buzzing and squealing from a faulty inlet valve
- Grinding during a wash cycle points to failed bearings in the circulation pump motor
- Scraping sound during the draining process; this is typically caused by a broken impeller
It’s Been Over 10 Years Since You Bought a Dishwasher
Most dishwashers have a lifespan of about 10 years. So, if yours is starting to show its age, it might be time for an upgrade. Of course, this isn’t an exact science and some dishwashers last much longer than 10 years while others don’t make it past 5 years, so it depends on how well you take care of your appliance.
Yet, if you frequently call a repairman to fix your dishwasher, it might be more cost-effective in the long run to just replace the appliance altogether.
Our tip is to keep track of how much you spend on repairs over the course of 6 months or 1 year and compare that number to the cost of a new dishwasher; chances are, you’ll save money in the long run by replacing it.
Reduced Water Pressure
Over time, sediment can build up in your water lines and reduce the water pressure going to your dishwasher. This can cause your dishwasher to run less efficiently and not clean dishes as well as it used to.
If you notice a decrease in water pressure, it’s time for a replacement.
High Water bills
If your dishwasher isn’t as efficient as it used to be, that can also lead to an increase in your water bill. The more water and cycles it takes to get your dishes clean, the more you’re paying. So, if you’ve noticed a spike in your water usage, call out a plumber for a leak inspection. It could be time for a new dishwasher.
Time to Get a New Dishwasher
If you’re experiencing any of these problems with your dishwasher, it might be time for a replacement. When you are ready to purchase a new one, consult with a licensed plumbing professional who can help you select the perfect model for your home and install it properly so that you can avoid any future problems down the road.
At Plumbing Dynamics, we help residential and commercial owners keep their plumbing in top shape. Ready to get your plumbing inspected for the holidays? Contact us to learn more about our services.