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Three Signs You Need To Repair Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is one of the most important appliances within your home. If it is not working properly, not only will you have to deal with the space constraints of storing large amounts of dishes in the sink and on the countertop, but will also have to commit a significant amount of time to cleaning them. Understanding some of the most common signs of an old and failing dishwasher can help you figure out when you should have a contractor inspect and repair the unit before it fails entirely.


One of the first and easiest to spot signs that your dishwasher is well on its way to replacement is if you can spot rust at any spot of the appliance. While minor rust can be cleaned away using steel wool, larger patches of rust and corrosion can point to structural damage to your dishwasher that could make leaks and other, more serious malfunctions more likely. Furthermore, even in the absence of leaks and other forms of damage, rust points to the general age of your appliance, suggesting that it is several years old and likely out of date and inefficient when compared to a newer model.

Drainage Issues

Another common issue that can affect dishwashers is slow drainage. If you find that there is a significant amount of water sitting in the bottom of your dishwasher after it has completed its cycle, there may be an issue with the drain and hoses that are connecting it to your home's plumbing supply. Corrosion and physical damage can cause the drain in the bottom of your dishwasher to fall apart and prevent water from passing through: be sure to have a plumber inspect the base of your dishwasher, however, because in rare cases such clogs may be because of accumulated food residue or foreign objects, which can simply be removed to restore the function of your dishwasher.

Door Issues

The last thing that you should watch out for that can indicate that you are overdue for a replacement dishwasher in your kitchen is if the door of the dishwasher won't properly close, especially if it pops open during a cycle and lets water leak out. This can happen with repeated use, as the latches that hold it in place may simply be too worn to properly maintain the seal that keeps the door closed. While you could always have a new set of latches installed, keep in mind that if your door is worn out, other parts of your dishwasher are likely in need of replacement as well.

Contact a washer and dryer repair service for more help.