When an appliance starts acting up, it can be very difficult to decide whether it’s more efficient to repair it or get rid of the thing. When it comes to dishwashers, for example, you should look at three main things to help you make the decision: the appliances’ age, its warranty (if any), and the repair cost estimate. The decision can be a little more difficult when you start looking at the new technologies dishwashers are being designed with, which make the appliances more water and power efficient, thus more cost efficient in the long run. The following three main considerations should be followed before making a decision.
Take the age of the dishwasher into account. Usually, a dishwasher appliance will last about six to ten years before giving you any major issues, depending on the brand and, of course, its usage throughout its life. Appliances older than ten years can be more expensive to repair because parts are harder to find the older the model is.
In the event that your dishwasher is still under warranty, this should be the preferred choice in most cases. Appliance under warranty are usually either 100% covered (meaning no repair costs to you) or they might charge you a small fee depending on the issue. When dealing with warranty claims, you might run into some issues and you must be sure that the repair company you are using is able to accept the warranty that you will be using, otherwise they might refuse to pay. Always ask the repair company whether they take warranty claims for the specific brand or company you are using, this will save you time and headaches.
Lastly, look at the estimated repair cost for the dishwasher appliance. You should always ask for a few estimates (at least 3-4) before choosing the repair company you want to hire. If repair cost should be less than 50 percent (or less) of what it would cost to purchase a new dishwasher, otherwise, it would be a better idea to get a new one. If the issue with the dishwasher is too costly, then you should definitely consider getting a new one. Also think about the lifetime of the dishwasher, how long does it have left, and will the repair extend its life considerably.