At Bell’s Appliance Service, we offer many appliance installation and repair services that you can trust. With stores in Greenville and Jacksonville, North Carolina, we also service areas such as Kinston, New Bern, Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Tarboro, Pine Knoll Shores, Onslow County, and Pitt County in North Carolina. We offer excellent household appliance installation, so if you need your refrigerator repaired or a new oven installed, we’re here to help! We’re a locally owned, family-operated business, and we specialize in appliance repair, installation, and maintenance services.

Sometimes people don’t have the time, energy, or skills to fix their broken household appliances. We totally understand that. The next concern is cost: how much will it cost to fix your broken dishwasher? Or maybe you’re thinking: is it even worth it to repair? Would it be easier to replace my broken dishwasher and get a new one altogether?

According to Home Advisor, here’s what they suggest in terms of repairing or replacing your broken dishwasher:

Repair vs. Replace a Dishwasher

While repairing a dishwasher averages between $160 and $300replacing a dishwasher costs $670 to $1,270. Deciding on whether to repair or replace a dishwasher depends on a few things.

ScenarioRepair or Replace?
The unit is under warrantyRepair
It’s 8+ years oldReplace
Repair costs equal or more than replacementReplace
It requires frequent repairsReplace

DIY vs. Hire a Professional

Since dishwashers require plumbing and electricity in order to work, it’s best to hire a professional for repairs. Appliance repair technicians can properly assess and diagnose the problem and get your dishwasher up and running once again. They can also tell you if it’s better to replace or repair your unit.

For smaller repairs on a dishwasher that’s only a few years old, repairing probably makes more sense than replacing. Here are a few other FAQs about broken dishwashers:

Is it worth getting a dishwasher repaired?

Dishwasher repairs make a lot of sense when the repair is smaller or the unit is newer. When it’s easy to find the necessary replacement parts, repairs aren’t as pricey. Oftentimes, smaller repairs (such realigning the sprayer arm) cost less than paying for a brand new dishwasher.

What is the average life expectancy of a dishwasher?

Dishwashers typically last between 9 to 10 years. They might only work for 6 years but could also last for 12 years. The length of time a dishwasher lasts depends on the brand, how well it’s maintained and how frequently it’s used.

Do dishwashers have two pumps?

Most dishwashers have one pump that separate into two sections. The first compartment is for moving the water around and the second is for draining water.

How do I know if my heating element is bad in my dishwasher?

You’ll probably need to replace your heating element if your dishes are soaking wet after running them through the dishwasher. However, make sure your appliance settings are set to dry your dishes. Some models have an option to skip heat drying, which would leave your dishes wet after cleaning.

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