For anyone who has to start hand washing, rinsing and drying dishes, a working dishwasher is a treasure. When yours acts up, act quickly to find local, reliable dishwasher repair.
Leaks are the #1 problem in failing dishwashers. Leaks can occur in the hoses routing water to and from the dishwasher. Generally the hoses themselves do not fail, but their connections do. Common: the rubber gasket inside the hose end.
Rarely, a failed door gasket —the rubber seal around the door — will allow water to seep or spray out around the door, possibly ruining a kitchen floor.
If your dishwasher does not drain, check the filter to ensure it is not clogged with food debris or plastic. Almost all other operating problems encountered with dishwashers are beyond the typical homeowner's ability to repair.
SFGate pegs the average life span at 12 years, but some high-wear parts can fail far sooner.
Costs for these parts are also modest, with short repair times.
The national average for dishwasher repair is $159, with companies charging between $75 and $150 per hour.
If you receive a repair estimate of around $500, consider getting a new dishwasher rather than spending money on repairing the old model.
Angie's List recommends being as specific as possible when calling a repair service. Give the brand name and model number; identify symptoms but avoid diagnosing the repair needed.
One the repair technician is on site, do not authorize repairs without an initial estimate. If the cost is too high, pay the time charge and decline the repair.
You may seek three repair estimates, but the cost to the household in inconvenience (by delaying for the estimates) may not be worth the money saved. Use a local, reliable appliance repair service and ask to see the old parts the technician says were replaced.