After many years of faithful service, you may come to a time when you need to replace your dishwasher. Your dishwasher can last for several years, and continue to clean your dishes, when they are properly maintained. However, even the best maintenance can not keep the dishwasher in perfect working order forever. When the dishwasher starts to malfunction, most people will continue to call a repairman. Instead of calling the repairman, it must may be time to replace the dishwasher for a newer model. If you have been struggling with when is the right time to replace your dishwasher, here are some tips to help you.
Door Latch Doesn't Work
The door latch is really one of the most important parts of the dishwasher. If the latch does not secure properly, the dishwasher will not run. There are times when you can replace the latch, but if it has been replaced already, it means that the machine is not level, has warped, or the mechanism is worn out. If you continue to have problems with the door latch, then replace the dishwasher with a new one.
Dishwasher does not Drain
On the bottom of the dishwasher is the drain system that takes away the water that is used in washing and rinsing. After many years of use, this drain can crumble and be cracked internally. When this happens water leaks out into the bottom of the dishwasher. It can then go onto the floor, or cause major problems with the electrical components. Once the drain begins the crumble you will need to replace the whole unit.
Water does not get Hot
A dishwasher works best when it used hot water. While some of this water comes from your own hot water supply, it must be a lot hotter in order to sanitize the dishes as it cleans them. When the heating coil, or the electric heater malfunctions it will not heat the water enough. You can replace this, but most times it is less expensive to purchase a new dishwasher.
Bottom is Rusted
After countless cycles of washing dishes, water will begin to seep into the bottom of the dishwasher. Once it does, then the rusting process will begin. If you are seeing some rust flakes on the floor when you sweep or vacuum the area, you should check to make sure it is not coming from the bottom of the dishwasher. If so, then a replacement is needed.
Cracked Body Shell
The shell of the dishwasher is what keeps the water, and soap, on the inside. It can be cracked after many years of age, and use. When it does crack you will need to have a new replacement dishwasher as the water will spill out into the mechanical parts of the washer.
Missing or Damaged Controls
If you have an older model that uses the push button type control, you will know when to replace it when many of these controls are missing. The newer models will have a digital interface or a knob. When the buttons are worn through, the knob does not turn, or the controls simply do not work, it is time to replace the dishwasher.