6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dishwasher
You use your dishwasher every day, and it’s a big inconvenience when your dishwasher stops working. You don’t need to wait for your dishwasher to completely break down before you replace it. Dishwashers usually show signs of trouble before they stop working completely. Since summer is almost over and winter is only a few months away, it may be a good time to inspect your dishwasher. Here are several indications you may need to replace your dishwasher soon.
Dishes Are Not Completely Clean
If your dishes aren’t getting clean, it’s possible that the dishwasher was simply not loaded correctly. If your dishes are crowded too close together, it can block the soap dispenser and make it less effective. Make sure to leave plenty of space between all the dishes in the dishwasher to ensure proper water flow. If doing this doesn’t fix the problem, it may be time to replace your dishwasher.
There’s also the instance where you may have a butler or a professional cleaning service do dishes regularly. If that is the case make sure the company or indvidual who does the work, keeps you in the loop when the dishwasher does not properly clean the dishes.
Door Will Not Latch
Your dishwasher will not run if the door doesn’t latch securely. You might simply need to repair the door’s latch. However, it’s also possible that the door has become warped. If so, the dishwasher will need to be replaced.
Not Draining Properly
Standing water inside your dishwasher is a sign of trouble. While it’s normal for a little bit of water to collect inside a bowl or a cup, you shouldn’t see a puddle of water on the bottom of the dishwasher. A puddle indicates the dishwasher’s drain may be clogged. See if the drain is blocked by food particles or other debris. If you cannot resolve the problem, have your drain inspected by a plumber.
Water Isn’t Hot
Your dishwasher needs hot water to ensure that your dishes are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The dishes should feel hot to the touch right after the wash cycle is complete. If your dishes are not hot immediately after washing, the water in your dishwasher is not warm enough. You may have a problem with the dishwasher’s heating coil. The heating coil is often an expensive repair, and it may be more cost-effective to replace the dishwasher.
Water leaking from your dishwasher onto the floor could mean that you have a worn-out door gasket. If leaks remain after repairing the door gasket, have your dishwasher inspected by a repair technician.
If your dishwasher is more than ten years old, it may be time to consider upgrading to a new one. Newer dishwashers are more energy-efficient and use less water than older models. By installing a new dishwasher, you’ll ultimately save money on your utility bills.
No one wants to be left without a working dishwasher. If you pay attention to the warning signs, you can replace your dishwasher before it reaches the end of its life. Replacing your dishwasher can also add appeal to your home which can be a great benefit if you ever decide to sell your home.