It is important to know this so that you can budget accordingly for repairs and replacements. Your dishwasher may last longer or shorter than the expected lifespan for the particular model.
Dishwashers do a lot of dirty work, and over time they pay the price. Constant exposure to water can lead to corrosion and the buildup of acidic food scraps. The fact that most owners don't know much about dishwasher maintenance can hasten the dishwasher's demise. There are many others, and some are within your control, so look at how you're using and caring for your dishwasher.
How long should a dishwasher last?
A dishwasher has a life expectancy of 10 years on average. Most dishwashers will last between 8 and 15 years before they finally break. With a good maintenance routine and careful use, your dishwasher's chances of reaching that sixteenth-year skyrocket. Buying a new dishwasher yourself means you are guaranteed to get the full lifespan out of it. You also have full control over its use, allowing you to more easily predict how long it will last.
Factors that influence the lifespan of your dishwasher:
Frequency of use - In the average home, the dishwasher is cycled five times per week. Those who use their appliance less frequently are likely to need fewer repairs and get more years out of their dishwasher.
Quality - If you invested in a high-quality dishwasher from a trusted manufacturer, it may last longer than a model that doesn’t have top-of-the-line parts. Plus, you’re likely to experience fewer problems like loud dishwasher noises and inefficient water use.
Maintenance – Periodic maintenance, including cleaning, can help your dishwasher last longer than one that has been relatively neglected. We provide some maintenance tips for you below!
Repairs – The professionals you choose to repair your dishwasher make a difference. If you hire a repair technician who isn’t trained and experienced, or who uses aftermarket parts instead of OEM, your dishwasher might break again sooner than you expect.
Tips to help your dishwasher live long:
1. Scrape the plate—but don’t rinse it.
Most dishwashers don’t require a pre-rinse, but be sure to scrape off bones, toothpicks, and other solid items before loading your dishes. These hard bits can clog the drain hose, tear the filter, or damage the pump.