Signs that you need a new dishwasher

All good things must come to an end. It’s true in life and with dishwashers. Fortunately the latter doesn’t have to come as a complete surprise. There’s a few signs that the clock may be ticking on your automated washer of dishes.

Every so often swipe the floor underneath the dishwasher with a light-colored cloth or paper towel. If your towel has flakes of rust, that means water is leaking and getting into places it shouldn't. It also means you want to get a new dishwasher sooner rather than later.

Cool Dishes
In order for dishes to be properly cleaned and sanitized, they need to be washed in water that is over 170°F. If you find that your dishes are barely warm as soon as the cycle is finished, there might be a problem with the heating coil. Have this piece inspected and see whether a repair or full replacement is more cost-effective.

The Door Won’t Latch
This may seem obvious, but it’s pretty important that your dishwasher door stays closed. For starters, you need the door to shut completely otherwise the dishwasher won’t run. If it doesn’t latch, it could simply require a replacement of the latch mechanism. However, it could also mean the machine has warped, which will eventually lead to excessive leaking.

It doesn't drain
After you use your dishwasher, if you still see a pool of water in the bottom of your dishwasher, this could be a problem. But don’t panic. First, check to see whether bits of food or other debris are blocking the drain. If you don't see anything, then call your local Dauenhauer. It could be time for a new dishwasher.

It’s Just Old
The average useful life is roughly 10 years, as long as it is properly maintained and repaired when needed. Anything older than this means it’s won’t be as efficient as a newer energy efficient model would be.

If you have any questions about how your dishwasher is running, or if you have any plumbing questions, call your Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.