If you notice standing water at the bottom of your dishwasher, a repair may be necessary. However, while there are multiple reasons why the water in your dishwasher won’t drain completely, most will not warrant a service call. Before calling a professional to fix the issue, follow these troubleshooting steps.
To prevent water from building up in the future, consider these recommendations.
If you don’t know how to unclog a dishwasher and your dishwasher still has standing water and doesn’t drain after these suggestions, it may be time to call in a professional to assess the issue. If your limited dishwasher warranty has expired and you instead have a home warranty, dishwasher repair or replacement may be completely covered. Simply call your warranty company to make a claim on your dishwasher and schedule an appointment to have an approved contractor address the problem.
Once a service technician enters your home, they’ll determine if a repair or replacement is necessary. If a repair is needed, they’ll most likely repair the dishwasher that day. If a replacement is needed, you’ll have to schedule a follow-up appointment for the professional to remove your old dishwasher and install your new appliance. Note that home warranty limitations and exclusions will differ based on your individual plan, so make sure you understand all terms and conditions before scheduling a repair or replacement.
If you don’t have a warranty, read reviews on local service contractors and schedule an appointment with a trusted professional to come and assess your dishwasher. After determining whether a repair or replacement is needed, you’ll be required to pay out-of-pockets costs for the service. If you need a new system, you’ll have to research dishwasher models and schedule another appointment to have your new appliance installed.
No one plans for their dishwasher or other appliances to break down, but it happens more than we’d like. Without the protection of a home warranty, the cost of these repairs can add up. For example, the average dishwasher replacement cost is $1,000. But when your dishwasher is covered by a warranty, you only pay a premium of $25–$67 a month—or a few hundred dollars for the full year. When a repair comes up, the only cost is the service fee, which is between $75 and $125.
A home warranty goes beyond saving you money on broken dishwashers. It can help you save on repairs and replacements for appliances and systems throughout your home. Find the right provider and coverage for you by reading our reviews and comparing plans.
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Kealia is a writer and editor for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration, home improvement, and home maintenance.