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Question DetailsAsked on 12/9/2014

is it worth repairing my dishwasher?

20 years old ...repair quote is $350 for parts (motor assembly) & labor...

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My personal opinion - excluding the cheapest box store ones, a "normal" dishwasher using only hot water heater heat for the water (NOT secondary in-unit water heating) runs about $350-450, plus say $50-75 install/disposal fee typically if installed by the store you buy it from (more like double that if installed by independent appliance serviceman or plumber). So if that is what you are looking for, I would say buy new because most of the components of your old one are probably on their last legs anyway - that one has gone a good 50% or more past its expected lifespan unless a high-end unit originally.


If you have a high-end steam or internally heated water unit like a Bosch, then maybe a repair would be worth it - especially if it has mechanical versus electronic controls, so you can stay away from the electronic junk being put out these days. However, you run the risk that if it fails in the future parts will not be available for it - about 20 years is where parts start running scarce for home appliances.

Obviously your call - I would say check models on the web (or in-store) to see what sort of install price you can get, and if a run of the mill Kenmore, Whirlpool, Roper, Frigidaire will meet your needs, then decide.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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There are great holiday deals on new appliances, especially at places like Sears Outlet. The new ones are much more efficient, can be whisper quiet, and do a great job at cleaning - use a good detergent too.


IMO, it's a waste of money to try and keep a 20 year old appliance going - for that price anyway. If it were more reasonable that might be a different story.

Answered 5 years ago by Jefferson

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Without reading the other comments, my recent experiences are yelling "NO"

save yourself the grief of picking at this problem further with repairs

and pull that thorn out with a NEW DW ASAP.

That's not all. You want to avoid jumping from the frying pan into a fire, so realize there's cheap DWs out there trying to profit off such dire circumstances. Consumer Reports only helps a little bit in this case presently. Your choices are basically a) something on sale, affordable and disposable in 3-7 years (if lucky!) or b) shop wisely for something that will last 10+ years (certainly not 20 - that era is gone with the wind, as are those talented repairmen honest enough to advise in cases like this ... replace it sir/ms!).

Option b): we will be shopping for at least one of the top 4 Consumer Reports Bosch DWs

but Kitchenaid is a heavier duty machine, SS guts and has replaced their ill-designed "food disposal grinder" (that always failed, impossible to stay repaired) with the Bosch-like easy to remove & clean filter ... now if they fix the upper rack wheels that self destruct, top of the line K-A offerings would be my Top Pick


Best Buy had the more professional installers (go figure) in this small town with few options

Answered 5 years ago by tgivaughn




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