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5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dishwasher

When your dishwasher breaks down, it turns a quick daily task into a dreaded, time-consuming chore. Avoid the inconvenience by looking out for these five signs that you should replace your dishwasher:

1. Rust

When a dishwasher has a leak, it will cause its components to rust. Check for rust periodically by using a light-colored cloth to sweep the floor underneath the dishwasher. If you see rust, it’s a sure sign you’ll need a new dishwasher.

2. Poor Drainage

If there’s water at the bottom of your dishwasher after a completed cycle, there could be an issue with the drain. First, you should clear out anything that may be blocking the drain to see if water will filter out. If not, it could mean that the drain is broken, and you’ll need a dishwasher replacement.

3. Dirty Dishes

It happens time and time again – You open your dishwasher, and all of your dishes are still dirty. This could be a sign of a smaller issue, like the spray arms not working properly. It could also mean your dishwasher is reaching the end of its usable lifespan, so it’s best to get a professional inspection to see if a replacement is necessary.

4. No Hot Water

If you open your dishwasher immediately after a cycle and find that your dishes aren’t warm and steamy like they should be, there may be a problem with the heating coil or electric heater. This is the part that heats your water to steaming hot in order to sanitize your dishes, so if it’s broken, a new dishwasher may be in order.

5. Broken Door Latch

Your dishwasher won’t run if the door won’t latch properly. You might be able to replace the latch itself, but if your dishwasher has warped so much from leakage that your door still won’t latch, you’ll need a new machine.

A broken dishwasher can happen at the most inopportune times, like when you have a sink full of dishes or a large holiday meal to prepare. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by watching for these signs that your dishwasher is near the end of its lifespan. A professional plumber from Hometown Plumbing of Bakersfield can perform a thorough inspection of your unit and, if needed, install a new dishwasher for you promptly. Call us today to set up your appointment.