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How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Dishwasher?

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Part of our everyday lives includes loading and unloading the dishwasher. When our dishwasher fails, it can disrupt our routine. Today's built-in dishwashers are durable, sturdy and reliable thanks to the materials used. For example, most dishwasher nozzles are made of brass, while frames and other elements are made of stainless steel. Most manufacturers use a fiberglass or foam insulation blanket around the components to stifle the noise. Modern dishwashers are easier to use than before because of digital components and touchpads. But once in a while, any of those advanced components may fail and need fixes. This cost guide shows what it may cost to hire an appliance repair technician to fix your dishwasher, the warning signs that may indicate trouble and when it's best to repair or replace your appliance.

If you need help along the way, ImproveNet can connect you with dishwasher repair contractors in your area for free.

Table of Contents

  1. Dishwasher Repair Costs
  2. Common Dishwasher Repairs & Their Costs
  3. Dishwasher Repair Prices By Brand
  4. Signs Your Dishwasher Needs Repair
  5. Dishwasher Repair Discounts
  6. DIY Or Hire A Dishwasher Contractor?
  7. Find An Appliance Contractor

Dishwasher Repair Costs

  • Minimum Average Cost: $51
  • Maximum Average Cost: $350

When calculating the repair costs of a dishwasher, homeowners can expect to spend between $51 to $350 for diagnosis, replacement parts and labor to troubleshoot he problem. A dishwasher can be a critical appliance for homeowners, especially during a kitchen renovation when new appliances are a key decision to the functionality of the space. If your dishwasher need repair, you might see your bill as high as $400 to $600 if something as complex as the dishwasher's motor or circulation pump needs to be replaced.

Common Dishwasher Repairs & Their Costs

Common Dishwasher Repairs & Their Costs

There are problems common to all brands of dishwashers. Here are some common problems, their causes and their repair costs based on a mid-range dishwasher:

  • Does not clean: A clogged spray arm. Price: $115
  • Water leaking: Overloading, a worn-out rubber gasket or a more expensive pump and valve problem. Price: $170 to $230
  • Won't fill: Dirty filter screen filled with debris. Price: $200 to $350
  • Won't drain: Blocked or kinked drain hose. Price: $160 to $190
  • Does not start: A worn out control panel. Price: $150
  • Noisy dishwasher: A defective pump or loose spray arm. Price: $150

Dishwasher Repair Prices By Brand

Each dishwasher brand, including Samsung, Whirlpool, Bosch, Kenmore, Miele, GE, Frigidaire and KitchenAid, and their specific models are to have their own idiosyncrasies when it comes to what could go wrong. For example, it's reported that Samsung repairs tend to be higher than Whirlpool repairs, Bosch dishwashers face draining issues (though usually an easy fix) and Whirlpool models have a number of faulty codes which pop up on LCD displays.

Most homeowners pay $250 up to $1,000 or more to invest in a dishwasher. If your dishwasher is relatively young, it pays to maintain the appliance before it's lifespan ends. If repair costs begin piling up, however, simply buy a new one and consider the delivery and installation costs, as well.

Dishwasher Repair Prices By Brand

Signs Your Dishwasher Needs Repair

Dishwashers should last 8-10 years before completely breaking down, even though some dishwashers can break down within the first year. If your dishes are not drying properly, your washer may not necessarily need repair; you may be using the heat feature incorrectly or you might need to leave more space between dishes when loading. If your dishwasher does the following, then there may be a problem that needs repairing:

  • Thumping sounds may mean the spray arm is misaligned.
  • Not cleaning properly may indicate your spray arm is clogged, a possible DIY fix.
  • The electronic touchpad lighting is haywire or black, meaning a control panel problem.
  • A leak coming from the door could be from an overloaded the machine or a defective pump or pump seal.
  • A dishwasher refusing to drain could indicate a defective drain hose.
  • A dishwasher refusing to fill means you have a defective water inlet valve.

Dishwasher Repair Discounts

Many appliance repairs and maintenance, including dishwashers, may be covered under your homeowner's insurance if you have a home service warranty. Every policy is different, but most homeowners spend $319 to $894 a year to have the security of a home service warranty. If you're planning to add a home service warranty, compare the costs, benefits and coverage offered.

Also look for your dishwasher's product warranty to see if it's still covered. A typical warranty will have a limited one-year warranty for certain parts and labor. Some warranties will be more generous with two years of coverage or longer. Though you may be tempted to purchase an extended warranty plan costing an average of $100, you could use that money towards a repair.

Dishwasher Repair Discounts

DIY Or Hire A Dishwasher Contractor?

If you're handy with appliances, there are a few items you can troubleshoot yourself. For instance, if the dishwasher has a cosmetic problem, you could easily apply appliance paint to fix the mark. If the dishwasher is running fine, but the door is severely scratched or marked, there are contractors that specialize in refinishing; they have the right paints and tools to make the door either look new or blend in with your cabinetry.

If the damage is internal, you may be able to do it yourself. For example, if the touch panel won't start your dishwasher, you might be able to replace the faulty control board yourself. You can purchase a new one for approximately $100. Plug in the new control board, and that should solve the problem.

If you want the repair done quickly and professionally, then hire a plumber or appliance repair technician to handle the job. On the first visit, expect a diagnosis and possible repair, but parts may need to be ordered for a second visit.

To avoid needing a DIY or professional repair, use these tips:

  • Keep delicate glassware, aluminum and hand-painted items out of the dishwasher. Wash them by hand.
  • Avoid putting items such as shoes, tools, hardware and sports balls through the dishwasher.
  • Although you don't have to completely rinse before loading, leaving too much food on plates can damage the pump, motor or drain.
  • Using too much dishwasher detergent will cause buildup and strain the components.

Find An Appliance Contractor

Don’t go one more day without a dishwasher. To ensure a speedy and efficient fix, ImproveNet can help you find local appliance contractors. Take the time to shop for competitive quotes and talk to other customers to see if the repair services will meet your needs.

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Last updated on Jul 17, 2017

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