Is My Dishwasher Breaking Down? Warning Signs to Watch Out For

Man Fixing Broken DishwasherAlthough your trusty dishwasher might last eight years or more prior to breaking down on you, bear in mind that most home appliances have a predictable lifespan – and, your dishwasher will probably require some repairs before that time. But how do you know if your dishwasher needs repairs? The experts at Best Home Appliance tell us to keep an eye out for these warning signs.

Unheated Dishes

Your dishwasher requires a specific temperature to get rid of germs. If your dishes don’t feel warm to touch after a dishwashing cycle, then you might need to get the heating element replaced or invest in a new unit, altogether.

Malfunctioning Drainage

Following a complete dishwasher cycle, you shouldn’t see a huge water puddle at the bottom of your dishwasher. Otherwise, you might have an issue with the drainage. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that your dishwasher is to blame (because it could be an issue with your plumbing), it could likewise mean that your drain has a crack that could, in time, cause water damage to your flooring.

Damaged Door Latch

A damaged door latch is easy to fix. In some cases, however, this could mean that your dishwasher has warped and has possibly also resulted in the malfunctioning of different components.

Cracks or Rust

If you see rust somewhere in or on your unit, there might be a leak somewhere. Likewise, a crack outside or inside your unit could lead to water leaking out, and in turn, water damage.

Bad Odor

Bad odor wafting from your dishwasher could indicate a filthy filter, mold, or food build-up. Clean your dishwasher thoroughly and if this doesn’t help, you might need to have a professional inspect it to determine what’s causing your odor issues.

If you detect any of the aforementioned warning signs, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you must retire your dishwasher; it might just require some minor repairs. If you cannot perform a DIY solution, it is best to call in the professionals. Plus, do note that getting it repaired as early as possible will not only save you more money in the long haul, but prolong your dishwasher’s service life, and help you reduce your carbon footprint as well.