Since dishwashers are an important tool in the modern kitchen, it is essential to keep them in good working order. A variety of symptoms can help diagnose dishwasher problems so you can plan for appropriate repairs. An appliance repair technician can generally correct problems with your dishwasher, but trouble with water supply or drains may require the expertise of a plumber.
Repairing Dishwasher Leaks
Leaks from your dishwasher could arise from several issues. Repairs for these leaks range from $100 to $185 nationally, and vary with the source of the leak. Many leaks are maintenance related and can be corrected with a basic cleaning and standard replacement parts, such as a door gasket. Leaks from the water supply or drain lines of the machine require more significant repair of the appliance, and correcting problems that involve the plumbing of your home will need the services of a plumber. Any water damage that occurs as a result of a dishwasher leak may add expense to your overall repairs and involve other contractors to repair damaged floors, cabinetry, or walls.
Broken Dishwasher Door
A dishwasher door that does not function properly may cause inconvenience or leaks, and even render the unit inoperable. Many door repairs can be corrected with the replacement of latches, springs, hinges or panels and cost between $125 and $275 in the U.S. The price of your door repair will depend on the expense of the parts needed to correct the problem. Replacement of hardware such as cables and springs are among the least expense fixes, while installing replacement panels adds greater cost to your repair.
Repairing a Dishwasher that Won’t Turn On
Some dishwasher problems that keep the appliance from turning on are simple and can be repaired with adjustments to the door or switches. More significant problems may require wiring repairs or replacement of a fuse, switch, electronic controls, or even the motor. The cost of the repair will vary with the source of the problem, but should range between $85 and $250 for an appliance repairman to correct. If the source of your problem lies with your home’s wiring, calling in an electrician will add to the expense of the job.
Control Panel Problems
If the controls of your dishwasher are not functioning correctly, replacement of some components or the entire control panel may be necessary. You may expect to pay $150 to $300 to repair or replace the control panel of your dishwasher. Though the age and brand of your appliance will determine the availability and price of parts, the installation of replacements is easily handled by your appliance technician.
Fixing a Dishwasher that Doesn’t Drain Properly
Like leaks, drainage problems can have a variety of sources, so the national range of $125 to $350 to repair them reflects the range of potential fixes. Some drainage issues can be solved with basic cleaning and maintenance, but repairs that require the repair or replacement of the dishwasher’s pump or motor will be more costly. Additionally, solving drainage problems caused by blockages in your home’s waste lines may require the services of a plumber, and fixing any related water damage to your home will add to the overall cost of your repair.
Poor Dishwasher Performance
Perhaps, the most common problem with many dishwashers is a decline in their cleaning ability. Most issues that cause your dishwasher to stop cleaning well can be resolved with basic maintenance. An appliance technician can perform a thorough cleaning and service of your machine to ensure that it is able to properly fill, wash, and drain. During this process, he can determine if any specific parts need repair or replacement, such as filters, valves or hoses. The cost of this service and related repairs is typically between $85 and $150, and is primarily affected by the time it takes to service the machine and the cost of any parts that may be required.
Plan Ahead for Dishwasher Repairs
Many dishwasher problems can be prevented or detected early with regular maintenance. Consider scheduling annual maintenance of your dishwasher with a qualified technician so you can have it in top shape to keep up with the demands of your family. When dishwasher repairs are necessary, understanding potential dishwasher issues can help you plan and budget for fixing your machine.