Is It Time to Replace Your Dishwasher? Signs It May Be Time for an Appliance Upgrade

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It is estimated that over 73% of the homes in America have dishwashers, and it’s no wonder with the hustle and hurry lifestyle Americans live on a daily basis. The dishwasher saves you a ton of time and gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your dishes are clean, safe, and sanitized when you go to use them. But what happens when that same dishwasher stops doing the job it was built for? As with any appliance in your kitchen, this time-saving convenience isn’t going to last you forever.

Eventually, the time will come when you need appliance repair or you may even need to replace the dishwasher altogether. How do you know when the appliance has given up the ghost and you need to replace it? Read on below for a few signs that your dishwasher may have gasped its last.



As previously stated, no appliance is destined to last forever. If your dishwasher is older than 10 years, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals at a Bend appliance repair center to replace it with a newer, more energy-efficient model. These centers carry all of the major brands and their repair service and installation are affordable. Many older models of dishwashers just aren’t as modern or energy-efficient as newer models are, so you’ll not only be doing yourself and your dishes a favor, you’ll also be saving on your water and energy bills as well.

It’s Starting to Rust

Though a few spots of rust on the outside as it ages is perfectly normal, rust on the inside of your dishwasher is another story. If you see signs of rust on the inside, it’s time to get a replacement as soon as possible. Rust is a sign that you have a leak somewhere or something worse is going on. On top of that, you could be getting tiny specks of rust on your clean dishes and that’s never a good thing, as it can be dangerous.

Water Remains in the Dishwasher After the Cycle is Complete

You should never, ever see standing water in your dishwasher after the cycle is complete. This isn’t to say it’s uncommon to see a tiny pool of water inside of a cup or bowl. What is bad is when you see a pool of water at the bottom of the dishwasher after the cycle is completed. This often means that the drain is clogged and can be an easy fix. However, if that isn’t the issue, it could be time for a replacement instead.

The Dishes Are Dirty or Spotty

Your dishes being dirty after the wash cycle is complete is the number one sign that you have a broken appliance. There are many reasons that you could end up with dirty, cloudy, or spotty dishes after a wash cycle though. Some of those reasons are listed below.

  • Poorly loaded dishes
  • Using the wrong soap
  • You put dishes in with caked-on food
  • The water in your home is hard

If you have tried solutions to all of the problems above and your dishes are still cloudy, spotty, or dirty, then it could be that your dishwasher is broken and needs to be replaced. A reputable appliance repair company can send a technician to determine which is the best course of action for you, replacement or repair.

These are just a few of the top signs that you might need to replace your dishwasher. To determine whether replacement is better than a repair, call your local appliance repair service and make an appointment for someone to come out and check the unit for you.

Isla Leighton is the Founder & Editor behind Rock Salt Plum, a digital community curated to deliver an accessible yet sophisticated lifestyle standard. The inspiration behind the brand’s creative drive and style influence is mirrored in Isla’s day-to-day experiences and passion for beautiful design, personal growth, and elegant lifestyle content.

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