4 signs it’s time to replace your dishwasher
Dishes lost their sparkle? Puddles on the floor? It could be time to replace your old dishwasher…
The dishwasher is an unsung kitchen hero – you load it, leave it and then unload lovely clean dishes. It’s all so effortless compared to rubber gloves and sinks full of soap suds.
But all this hard work means your dishwasher might be showing signs of wear and tear. How do you know what’s serious enough to need replacing? It can be hard to tell.
If you notice any of the following signs it’s probably best to treat yourself to a new dishwasher:
1. The door doesn’t close properly
This is an obvious one, but make sure there isn’t a spoon or saucepan handle in the way before jumping to conclusions. If it still won’t close, it might be a simple case of the latch not working – which is a fairly quick fix.
Worst-case scenario, your machine has warped. There’s nothing you can do about this but you’ll need a new dishwasher sharpish, as you’ll likely have a leak somewhere too.
2. The drain is blocked
If you’re left with pools of water in the bottom of your dishwasher after a cycle, there’s a drainage issue going on.
Check whether bits of food or stray utensils are blocking the drain – if it’s clear, there might be a bigger problem that needs a repair.
3. Your dishes are left cold
Your dishwasher uses a heating element to wash your dishes in a hot water cycle. If the element is broken, your dishwasher will carry on with the cycle, using cold water – not ideal for a hygienic clean.
Watch out for stone-cold dishes after a cycle has finished, or wet dishes even after you’ve used the drying function.
Replacing the heating element can be expensive, so if that is the problem, it might be cheaper to buy a new dishwasher.
4. There are signs of leaking
The most obvious sign of a leak is a puddle of dishwater on the floor, but some leaks aren’t as easy to spot. If your dishwasher has a slow leak you probably won’t notice until it’s too late – next thing you know, you’re hit with an expensive flooring repair.
Keep an eye out for:
- Flecks of rust – either inside or on the floor around your dishwasher
- A crack on the inside of the dishwasher – you’ve sprung a leak
- Water on the floor – check if the door seals need replacing
- Next-door cupboards and cabinets have water damage – there may be a hidden leak
Some leaks have an easy fix, but others can be expensive – especially if the water damages your floor and other cupboards. Having a quick look under the kickboard every couple of months means you could spot a leak early.
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If your dishwasher is more than 7 years old, you’re missing out on some brilliant energy-saving technology.
Some of the latest Bosch dishwashers come with A++ energy efficiency ratings and flexible VarioFlex baskets – so you won’t be paying through the nose for your energy bills.
If you have lots of different sized plates, pans, glasses and casserole dishes, you can’t always fit them all in one wash. VarioFlex baskets enable you to adjust the folding racks to accommodate pots and utensils of various shapes and sizes. The racks fold down, so you can lay bulky items ﬂat, allowing you to get more in each load. Fit in awkward shapes such as soup ladles or long-stemmed wine glasses.
The Bosch SMS25AB00G dishwasher has an ExtraDry function, which leaves your dishes dinner-table ready straight from the machine. And at just 48 decibels, it’s so quiet you won’t even know it’s running. Plus, Dosage Assist uses all the cleaning power of your dishwasher tablets for dishes that simply sparkle.