Your dishwasher is likely one of the most taxed appliances in your home. No one really enjoys washing dishes by hand, and a dishwasher allows a homeowner an easy way to manage daily dishes and keep them clean and sanitary for mealtimes. However, dishwashers don’t last forever. If you notice any of the following signs, they might indicate that it’s time to replace your dishwasher:
- Pooling water in the bottom of your dishwasher is a sign that it’s not clearing properly. While a bit of moisture on plasticware and some water inside of cups and bowls is completely normal, a large amount of standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher is not.
- Any signs of rusting inside your dishwasher require immediate attention. While a few spots on the outside probably aren’t cause for concern, rust inside your dishwasher means that coating is chipping away from different parts and could be exposing your clean dishes to rust particles.
- If your dishes are not hot once a cycle completes, then your dishwasher may be failing to reach the appropriate water temperature for dish sanitization. Freshly washed dishes should be quite hot to the touch, so if they finish cool, it’s time to think about replacing the unit.
- Water pooling around your dishwasher requires immediate attention from a professional plumber. Even if you notice a small amount collecting around the base of the dishwasher, this could cause serious water damage before long.
- Grinding and knocking noises coming from the dishwasher could be signs that the motor is on its last legs. These sounds are very different from loose dishes moving inside the dishwasher, so have a pro check as soon as possible to determine the cause of the noises you’re hearing.
Any of these signs should alert a homeowner to a dishwasher in distress. On average, most dishwashers will last about ten years with daily use. If you’re not sure how old your dishwasher is or you have consistent problems with yours, contact BPI Plumbing in Chula Vista, CA to have a professional plumber inspect it.