How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Dishwasher?
I’m not afraid to admit it: I took my dishwasher for granted until it stopped working right in the middle of the holiday season. I was optimistic at first when I pulled out my never-used rubber gloves and a brand new sponge. But as the dishes piled up and the water bill increased, my spirits were quickly squashed. (Not to mention my dry, cracked “dish pan hands”.)
Washing dishes by hand is the last thing anyone wants to do after a long day, and there were plenty of times I nearly resorted to purchasing paper plates. And because of the holiday bills, replacing my dishwasher took a back seat.
Now, as I relax after dinner and my new Samsung® dishwasher quietly runs in the kitchen, I’m going to share with you what I learned from my ordeal.
Higher cost means higher quality
The price for a dishwasher varies greatly depending on the brand, material and additional functions. The experts at Consumer Reports found that on the low end, this essential appliance will run you around $380 but more extravagant offerings can be upwards of $2,300.
You may also need to add an additional $200 to your budget to cover installation costs. As Homewyse explains, for this price an expert can come to your home and connect the dishwasher with an existing electrical outlet, water supply and drain line. It may sound intimidating, but if you’re looking to save some money it’s possible to install a dishwasher yourself.
High-end dishwashers can come with extra features, like tech capabilities that make it possible to pair with your smartphone, custom wash cycles and unique interior designs. It’s not always necessary to spend the most to get the best, but higher quality does usually come with a higher price tag for these appliances.
Overall, there are dishwashers available for any price range, but for the best quality, you want to stick around the $500 or upwards range. Appliances at this price point tend to be made better and run quieter. Also consider purchasing an energy efficient dishwasher that uses much less water than its counterparts so you can avoid the hand washing your plates, pots and pans.
Taking good care of your new appliance
Your dishwasher is probably one of the most utilized appliances in your home, which, according to Home Guides, gives it a life expectancy of seven to 12 years. This is highly dependent on its quality, upkeep and use. If you do need to replace your dishwasher, newer models are often made with an overall improved design that’s made to last longer.
If you do experience some problems with your dishwasher, it doesn’t always mean a replacement is needed. Common difficulties like a clogged drain may be a pain, but it’s surprisingly easy to unclog yourself before it amounts to a larger issue.
And of course, your appliances, including your dishwasher, may be covered as part of a home warranty plan. Find out more about how plans from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe can help alleviate the costs of covered appliances and home system repairs.