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…
Once considered a luxury, the dishwasher has become a timesaving stalwart of the family home. The unsung hero of the kitchen – you load it, leave it and unload once the cycle has finished. It’s all so effortless compared to rubber gloves and sinks full of soap suds. But lately, you may have noticed a few signs of wear and tear. Some might be cosmetic but others seem a bit more serious. But does it really need replacing? You just don’t know...
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
One of the first things you’d notice is the latch not working. As obvious as it sounds, check the door for any obstructions – a utensil or handle might be sticking out. If it’s a broken latch you can get that repaired relatively easily. Worst-case scenario is that the machine has warped. In this case, you’ll need a new one – it’s likely be leaking somewhere too.
2. You have a blocked drain
See pools of water in the bottom of the appliance after the cycle has finished? There’s a problem with the drain. Check whether bits of food or other debris are blocking the drain – if it’s clear it may be something more complicated that needs a repair.
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3. Your dishes are cold after a program
Your dishwasher uses a heating element to keep the water hot during the cycle. When the element is broken your dishes won’t be thoroughly cleaned. They’ll still be wet even if you have used the drying function, meaning your dishes may not be sanitised. Replacing the heating element can be expensive and it may 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 may not notice the problem until it’s too late and you have an expensive flooring repair on your hands.
You may have a problem with leaking if you spot one or more of the following:
- Flecks of rust – either on the floor around the machine or inside of it
- A crack on the inside of the dishwasher means there is a strong likelihood water is leaking
- Water on the floor in front of the appliance – check if the seals around the door need replacing
- The cupboards and cabinets nearby have water damage
Although some leaks are straightforward to repair, others can be more costly. It’s recommended that you remove the kickboard every couple of months to have a quick look under the dishwasher to ensure there are no leaks. It could mean you spot a leak early. If your dishwasher is more than 7 years old you may be missing out on energy-saving technology – even when using the drying function.
Some of the latest Bosch machines come with A+ energy efficiency ratings and Active Water technology – ensuring you use less water. With Dosage Assist you can be sure your tablets are delivering all of their cleaning power.
Bosch’s full-sized integrated dishwasher comes with some impressive technology including Eco Silence Drive – you won’t even know it’s running it’s so quiet. It also comes with integrated flood protection that cuts the water supply in case of a leak.
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