Dishwashers - Older dishwashers use more water and electricity than newer, ENERGY STAR models. With a typical lifetime of 10-12 years, efficiency can pay off when shopping for a replacement.
At one time dishwashers were relatively rare in households; today they are a common component of many kitchens. Aside from obvious convenience and time saving, dishwashers can also help to sanitize dishes, potentially reducing the occurrence of illness. In addition, an efficient dishwasher will also use less hot water than washing dishes by hand.
Maintenance and repairs
Depending on the model and features, dishwashers require very little maintenance to keep them running well. Screens on the bottom that trap large particles may need to be emptied and the spray arms need to spin freely. Door gaskets should fit tightly to avoid leakage; some older models may eventually need gasket replacement. Pumps and internal water heaters may also eventually fail and need repair or replacement.
When is it time to replace?
The expected lifetime of a dishwasher is about 10-12 years, and as it ages, the likelihood of repairs and replacement increases. As with refrigerators and freezers, the opportunities for replacement include:
When evaluating a new dishwasher, look closely at these features:
Follow these suggestions to keep your energy usage to the minimum: