Post # 1
Hi, Bees – there are so many of you on the board who seem to be very financially savvy, so I have a question. Yesterday my dishwasher stopped running properly. It is eight years old. I called a repair person and he quoted approximately $150 for parts and labor to fix it. My question is should I put the $$ into repair of a dishwasher that old, or should I just buy a new one?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
Thanks, Bees! I’m leaning towards getting a new one. Tonight I’ll make a trip to Lowe’s and Home Depot and then decide. I actually really love kitchen appliances, I have a thing for them. I’m thinking stainless steel! My current dishwasher is white and I’m wanting to go with all stainless anyway. I appreciate everyone taking the time to help me out. Now, to get Fiance to agree to buying a new one, lol.
Post # 8
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
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I would buy a new, super energy efficient one.
Post # 10
I wonder how much dishwashers have improved since 2008. Hopefully a lot! Talking with Fiance, he’s voting for the repair, however, handyman he is not! This may sound crazy, but I really enjoy just walking around those huge home improvement stores, I get all kinds of ideas just from looking at random stuff.
Post # 11
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 # 12
@Mrs.KMM: I agree! I’m going to use all of these reasons in my “argument” for getting a new one vs. getting it fixed. It will be good practice for our future married life together, lol. Thanks!
Post # 13
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
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
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!