Dishwasher repair

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  1. TheGoodTexan

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    How much time/money would you spend trying to repair a 15 year old budget dishwasher, when a new budget dishwasher is $299?

    It’s not draining all the water. I pulled it from the counter and nothing is clogged. Seems to be a bad pump motor.
     
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    Only thing I can say is that a service call is about 250 minimum if you cannot fix yourself

    Depends how much you like your washer and it may last another 15 years once fixed while the new budget model will probably be lucky to get 5 or so
     
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    If was sure it is the pump and a new pump is available for a reasonable price, I would replace it personally.

    Are you sure it is the pump? Is the drain line clear? Does it have a drain valve?
     
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    I’d replace it with a decent dishwasher. Diminishing returns is a real thing

    IF our kitchen rehab ever gets going I’ll feel good about replacing a bargain range with a $2,000.00 twin oven, five burner, high end range. Add to that a $450.00 Italian sink and we’re good appliance wise for a while
     
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    We replaced a 10-year-old dishwasher for the same reason. But when they delivered the new one, and we explained to the the installer why were were getting a new one, the guy pulled the drain vent on the sink out and sure enough there was a bunch of junk clogging it. That was why it wasn't draining. We replaced it anyway, but if I had known what the problem was before we ordered the new one, I wouldn't have done it.
     
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    I would not pay someone else to do this for a major part - as others have said, it'll quickly approach the cost of a new unit.

    However, online parts and manual downloads make self-repairs easier than ever, but you do need to troubleshoot so you don't go on a wild goose chase buying/installing things unnecessarily. Sometimes its a contact on a controller, etc., rather than a pump.

    My philosophy is that (1) new products fail just like old ones, so self-repairing is usually worth it unless the part is really expensive just because its in scarce supply, and (2) I also prefer this not because of saving $$ but because I hate scheduling repair and deliveries at home with the arrival times usually being so wildly unreliable.
     
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    Depends on what you expect from your dish washer Washer.jpg
     
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    Funny thing... the exact model is still available as a replacement. Its a Frigidaire... nothing special at all.

    It's not an item that I care to splurge on. I have been in friends' homes that have really nice appliances, and that's cool. But it's not a concern for me. Its just me and my wife... light duty. As long as the dishes get clean, that's all I care about. We run it about twice a week.
     
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    I'm 80% sure it's the pump.

    The very first thing I did was assume that there was a clog, so I poured a half bottle of Liquid Draino in the bottle. Fifteen minutes later there nothing had moved. So I had to shop-vac all of that out. That's when I pulled it from the counter and checked all of the drainage tubes and such. Nothing kinked. And there is zero water in the line.

    I turned it on the part of the cycle that drains... and the pump clicked (or maybe it was a relay)... but didn't pump.
     
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    I do cook a lot. And I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But its just me and my wife, so the dishwasher only gets run (ran?) once or twice a week. We have a nice house. Kitchen is modest, but works well for us. Not a gourmet kitchen by any means (not at all). A high end dishwasher would look absolutely ridiculous in our kitchen, unless we replaced all appliances with high end stuff (which I'm not going to do).
     
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    Lose it.
    For all of the work you have to do, just to get it out, may as well put a new one in its place.
     
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    7-12 year lifespan average for a dishwasher ... time to whip out the old checkbook ... I guarantee the new one will be quieter, clean better, and use less water and energy ...
     
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    Drain vent on the sink?

    I need to look for that.
     
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    There is a rubber check valve in the drain hose to stop backflow. It could be that. It probably doesn't have a separate pump from the spray pump, so if one works the other should too.
     
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    Nothing to do with the current situation, but I'm at home basically 24/7 right now anyway.

    But yeah, I hear ya.
     
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    Mine is at least 35yrs old, and I have been known to throw a few parts at it every decade or so.... It doesnt get used much these days. Its far easier IMO to just hand wash when its just for two of us. Sometimes its simply used as a dryer rack...
    But with home resale considerations on the horizon, and thoughts that newer should be potentially more efficient and all, I am looking to upgrade.

    Want the old one? I could notify you when its out on the curb... ;)

    (Free clothes dryer included!)
     
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    The vent for my under sink system is there on the left. The hose running into the disposal is coming directly from the dishwasher. There are no valves anywhere. And there is no water in that hose at all... not even at the valley point.

    That’s what makes me think it’s the pump.

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    We cook a lot. Our kitchen is modest but needs upgrading. Countertops, drawer/door faces, sink, faucet, range (because we cook a lot) are all new (hopefully since they aren’t working right now) and needed

    Next are the bathrooms but that’s a whole another story
     
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    Don't discount how annoying newer appliance interfaces are becoming.

    The dishwasher wants it's Start button pressed twice. I know that now, but if someone else is here and doesn't know that then the thing never starts. It doesn't given a good indication of not being pressed twice. The microwave beeps endlessly when finishing. The beep can be turned off altogether, which isn't so good, but every time the power goes out I have to go menu diving to find that feature. If someone is visiting and uses the washer and drier, they can never figure out how to use them, even after multiple uses. There are too many buttons involved to do simple things, where it used to be easy to grok dials. The refrigerator door doesn't get fully closed half of the time because of the way it is designed and beeps endlessly until it is closed completely. Again, visitors who don't know this often don't get the door closed completely and don't know where the beeping is coming from. Too bad we can't try out appliances before buying them. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I have no major issues with using most modern technologies. I think newer appliance interfaces are just being badly done in some cases.
     
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    I love cheater vents. They cause sink backups because they have a short life. Add a disposal and it’s job security for me.
     
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