(Closed) Repair or Buy A New One?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Repair or Buy A New One
    Repair : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Buy New : (41 votes)
    95 %
  • Post # 3
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I personally would probably buy a new one because if your dishwasher is getting old, it’s likely that you may have additional issues with it in the future. Long term, it might be better to invest in a new one that won’t require further repairs. I’m not sure what kind you’d buy if you bought new, but with the variety of models at a variety of price points, you could find something for a reasonable cost and alleviate the worry of future issues.

    Post # 4
    923 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    A new dishwasher can be bought for about $250.  However, before you make that final decision be sure that the “cheap” model will suit your needs.  My parents just bought a new dishwasher after 15 years with their old one.  It is much quieter than the old one, but they had to sacrifice capacity for noise.  The really nice ones can go up to $1000+. 

    I voted for repairing the old one, because that is what we would do.  Then again, SO is very handy and would do most of the labor himself.  He just fixed our water heater.  However, that repair resulted in a needed repair of a faucet (calcium deposit from the water heater went through the pipes and clogged up the faucet).  All told, the cost was about $300, a few bloody knuckles, and a large variety of four-letter words.  It was still cheaper than the $800 that a new one would have cost.  If I can get another two years out of the repaired unit I will be happy. 

    Post # 5
    331 posts
    Helper bee

    I did a quick Google and several sites say a good quality one with proper care should last anywhere from about 7- 12 years, with lots of sites saying around 9 or so.

    Without knowing your aesthetic preferences and if you’re still OK with your old one, I’d probably take this time to buy the new one and get something you like the looks of while you’re at it. Also, purchasing a new one could be a bit more energy efficient, saving you money (albeit, not a huge amount but you never know).

    Post # 5
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Considering how far water conservation and energy efficiency has gone in the last few years, I would say that spending $500 for a new one, in the end, will save you a ton in electricity and water costs, as well as be quieter (yay!), and more dependable.

    But perhaps that is just me… 🙂


    Post # 6
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Buy a  new one!

    Post # 8
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    My dishwasher is about 8 years old as well, so I considered that if mine broke, I’d buy a new one since I’d love to have some of the new features they have these days.

    Post # 9
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    I would buy a new, super energy efficient one.

    Post # 11
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It sounds like the dishwasher may be near the end of its life anyway (based on age).  So it probably isn’t worth it to throw money into it.  Plus, if you get a new one, it will probably be more energy efficient than your current one.

    Post # 13
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I definitely vote replace.  Our actually didn’t even break, but it was just old (at least 10 years, probably more) and not working that well, so we got a new one.  We did spend about $4-500 including delivery and install, but our new one gets the dishes SO much cleaner, and it’s super energy/water efficient, has lots more cycle options, and the big one for me….it’s so QUIET!  Have fun picking out a new one 🙂

    Post # 14
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My mom’s dishwasher is 25 years old, and still works fine, I guess they don’t make them like they use to huh?

    I voted to buy a new one… they’re much quieter these days!

    Post # 15
    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Do your own repairs! My friend (who knows absolutely nothing about this) got a quote for a few hundred. She said screw it and looked up instructions on how to fix it. I think the parts cost $12, and a bunch of aggravation, but at the end she did it and was pretty damn proud of herself!

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