How much does it cost to repair a dishwasher?

Knowing the cost before getting an estimate can equal big savings

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Dishwashers can be extremely helpful, time-saving appliances. However, unexpected breakdowns can leave you with costly expenses and a sink full of dishes. If your appliance is nearing 10 to 12 years of age, it might be time for repairs or even a replacement.

On average, repairing a dishwasher costs $200, but prices can range from $160 to $600. Here are some helpful tips to save you money on dishwasher repairs and replacements.


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It costs $200 on average for dishwasher repairs.

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The cost of repairs depends on the problem.

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Replacements can cost between $250 to $3,500.

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Dishwasher repair costs

Depending on the problem, you can expect to pay between $70 to $500 for labor and between $50 to $600 for dishwasher repairs. Most dishwasher repairs are relatively simple, and you’ll only need to pay for one to two hours of labor. However, depending on the age of your appliance and how frequently it needs repairs, it may be worth getting a new one.

Here are the average costs of common repairs:

Dishwasher repair costs by type

There are four main dishwasher models: built-in, countertop, drawer and portable. Each one has its own price range depending on the tub material, efficiency, tub capacity and extra features like specialized jets. The more you spend, the better the cleaning capabilities and features are, but even a budget-friendly dishwasher should get your dishes clean.

Replacing your dishwasher can cost between $250 to $3,500, but the average cost is $970. Dishwashers come in a variety of models and price ranges, so it won’t be hard to find a reasonably priced one.

Here are the average costs of each price range:

Additional dishwasher costs

If you’re considering installing a new dishwasher but have never had one, you might have to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,600 to install new pipes and $130 to $300 for a new outlet. You may also have to pay $100 to $1,200 to remove and fit cabinets for your new dishwasher.

Additionally, if you don’t want to clean up the mess, your contractor will most likely charge you a debris cleanup and disposal fee of between $120 and $150.

Can you DIY a dishwasher replacement?

If you want a cheaper option, you could replace your dishwasher yourself. Installing your portable or countertop dishwasher could save you around $140 to $220 in labor and installation fees.

However, if you are looking at installing a built-in or drawer dishwasher, you may want to call a professional. These models require plumbing and electrical, and a simple mistake can lead to a flooded kitchen, shocks and electrical issues that will cost you more in the long run.

Additionally, some installments require permits for plumbing and electrical, so it may be worth it to call a contractor.

When should a dishwasher be replaced?

Before your dishwasher breaks down completely, there will be some signs that it's time for a replacement. Typically, if your dishwasher is 10 to 12 years old,  making a humming sound, not working efficiently, or you've had to do multiple repairs in a short time frame, you may need a new unit. However, having a technician look at and try to repair your dishwasher before spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on a new one may be worth it.

Does your home warranty cover dishwasher repair and replacement?

Most home warranty companies cover repairs and replacements for many appliances and systems, including dishwashers. This coverage is usually provided in the company's appliance plan but may sometimes be offered as an add-on. This will add to your home warranty costs but may be worth the coverage.

Here are some dishwasher repairs covered by a home warranty:

  • Gaskets
  • Pumps
  • Motors
  • Spray arms
  • Heating elements
  • Seals
  • Latches
  • Timers
  • Air gaps
  • Switches
  • Control boards

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    FAQ

    How long does a dishwasher last?

    On average, most dishwashers have a life span of 10 to 12 years.

    Do I need to have my dishwasher serviced regularly?

    Dishwashers should be cleaned every few months to remove soap and food buildup and ensure they are running smoothly.

    Does a dishwasher have a warranty?

    Most dishwashers come with a one-year manufacturer warranty, depending on the brand. Here are some warranty details for popular brands:

    Bottom line

    If your dishwasher is making a humming noise, leaking, not cleaning your dishes or is over 10 years old, it may be time for repairs or even a replacement. Unless you are confident that you know what you are doing, it’s probably best to leave repairs to the professionals so there are no mistakes or leaks.

    When hiring a repair technician, it's important to factor in hidden fees like permits, cleanup costs, unit removal, labor and remodeling costs. Check to see if your home warranty plan covers repairs on dishwashers to help save your wallet from some of those out-of-pocket fees.


    Article sources
    ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
    1. Angi, “How Long Do Dishwashers Last?” Accessed May 1, 2024.
    2. Whirlpool, “Whirlpool appliance warranties.” Accessed May 1, 2024.
    3. Angi, “How Much Does Dishwasher Installation Cost?” Accessed May 1, 2024.
    4. Angi, “How Much Does a Dishwasher Cost?” Accessed May 2, 2024.
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