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Should I buy a new dishwasher or repair my current one?

Deciding whether to repair or replace your dishwasher depends on several key factors:

  1. Age of the Dishwasher: The lifespan of a dishwasher can vary significantly. A budget model around $200 may not last as long as a premium model priced over $1,000. Consider the age of your unit; if it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan, replacement might be more cost-effective.
  2. Cost of Repair: Evaluate the repair cost in relation to the price of a new dishwasher. If a repair costs 25% or more of the price of a similar new model, it might not be worth repairing. For instance, if a new dishwasher costs $500 and the repair is $125 or more, you might lean towards replacement.
  3. Frequency of Repairs: If your dishwasher has required multiple repairs in the past year, adding up those costs can help determine if it’s time to replace it. If the total repair costs meet or exceed one-fourth the price of a new unit, consider buying a new one.
  4. Comparing Repair Costs: If the dishwasher is relatively new (a few years old) and the repair cost is less than half the price of a new one, repairing it could be the smarter financial decision. However, if the repair cost exceeds half the replacement cost, especially if the dishwasher is approaching or beyond 7 to 10 years of use, replacing it might be more prudent.

Remember, most appliances come with a first-year warranty that might cover early issues. While a malfunctioning dishwasher isn’t as critical as a broken fridge, it’s still an inconvenience. Assessing whether to repair or replace involves balancing the frustration of ongoing issues against the cost and benefits of a new appliance.

If you’re faced with this decision and need expert advice, Mainstream is here to help. We can assess your current dishwasher’s condition, provide a detailed repair quote, and guide you through selecting a new model if replacement is the best route.

Let Mainstream help you make an informed decision that ensures your kitchen remains functional and hassle-free.