- 10 months ago
I was wondering if anyone knew a solution to my dilemma. I just purchased a new home October and realized that after closing what horrible condition the racks of my dishwasher were. They are rusty and lack some of that vinyl coating that protects the metal from water. Anyways, I figure I could replace them on Amazon or some online parts retailer for cheap but to my surprise the lower dishrack costs $200 and the upper dishrack costs $150. A total of $350!!! Just to replace racks! Can you believe that?! I’m pretty sure a new dishwasher could replace the whole unit, anyways I put my bargain hunter hat on and set out to see if I can find an alternative solution to my dishwasher rack problem. Since we are on a budget and don’t feel that we should throw away a perfectly good dishwasher due to unfairly priced racks. When speaking with General Electric (GE), the argument is storage cost and time to store parts. That is why all these racks cost more money.
But if I was a designer I would make sure that lines from year to year had compatibility with each other, especially with things like racks if they were ever to wear. I mean come on, its not like I’m replacing a diamond – so keep things simple for the consumer and allow them to replace racks (Geez Louise). Additionally, if older models used same parts as newer models, then storage costs would no longer be an issue. Anyways, enough of my rant…I was just curious if anyone knew of any ways to avoid having to spring lots of cash.
Some solutions I had were:
1). Get a handyman to restore the older racks
2). Look up compatible matches online on used sites (like eBay, craigslist)
3). That’s it …
Number 1 as not worked out well, most handyman I’ve spoken with have said they aren’t setup to do this type of repair. Cause some this work would require replace rusted tine with new metal meaning soldering or some type of machining. Appliance repair yes but nothing like restoring racks. Its funny cause given the cost of racks, I’d pay them above and beyond for their work. Funny enough they suggest I should buy a new dishwasher, sounds like they know the problem all too well too.
For Number 2, I’ve gotten the model numbers from GE for each rack. When looking for what’s available on eBay or Craigslist, I couldn’t get the exact matches but instead I just get racks whose models are off by a value or two. Unfortunately, after speaking to GE about compatibility between years, they said that it is not guaranteed and that each part is different for each machine. They wouldn’t even hint on a way for me to ascertain if specific dish rack model would work for my dishwasher.
I’ve found a few similar model numbers online to my dishwasher racks but they look slightly different, they have the overall shape but they could be off by a hair in dimensions etc. I have no way of telling if they are a good enough fit for my dishwasher. The model numbers also match up to a certain point but then differ slightly too. Is there any way I can tell these are the compatible size for my dishwasher?
Finally, number 3, are there any other suggestions you guys could come up with?
Thank you guys! Look forward to your responses!
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