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How to Know When it’s Time to Replace Your Dishwasher

DishwasherDishwashers present a major convenience to homeowners. However, when something goes wrong, it can lead to flooding and water damage, among other issues. It's important to understand when your dishwasher is worth repairing and when to just get a new one. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace your dishwasher:

1. Age

Appliances don't last forever. Regular wear and tear can have a major impact on hoses, sprayer arms and optimal performance of a dishwasher. These appliances typically last up to 10 years. If your dishwasher is still under warranty, it might be worth fixing it instead. If it's not covered and is nearing the end of its life, the best bet is to replace it for a newer, more efficient model. This can save you money and water over time.

2. Repair costs

Sometimes, it is better to simply repair the appliance for something simple issues like a new door latch, soap dispenser or fill valve. However, if something major such as the motor or circulation pump isn't working, the price of the part itself and labor to install it could make it more frugal to replace the entire appliance. Similarly, with age, there will likely be more issues with your dishwasher. If you're constantly calling out a plumbing expert to fix your dishwasher, it's time to replace it.

3. Rusting and cracks

Any kind of rusting or cracking may indicate major problems for your appliance. Rusting can mean that water is leaking, revealing the potential for water damage. Cracks caused by water damage could expand and let more water out, creating a pool on your floor. Avoid these situations by installing a new dishwasher before these issues get any worse or lead to other complications.

Dishwashers are a great piece of equipment when they're working as expected. If you have an older model, have to pay for extensive repairs or notice any rusting or cracks, it's time to replace your appliance. Call your local Chicago Roto-Rooter professional plumber today to install a new dishwasher.

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