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Why you need an extended warranty for your dishwasher

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For most of us, the luxury of having a functional dishwasher is one we've come to take for granted (more power to you if you enjoy washing dishes!). Unless you have a magic wand, it's not ideal to be left in a situation where your dishwasher isn’t working for an extended period of time.

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re making a home appliance purchase. If you had to purchase any major home appliances over the past few years, you might have been among the millions of people that experienced extreme delays, shipping challenges or incorrect orders. Pandemic-related supply chain issues are still affecting consumers trying to purchase new appliances. Many consumers bought appliances they didn’t really want purely because of inventory issues. The very real difficulty of purchasing and receiving a new appliance makes it even more important to protect your investment with an extended warranty

With a protection plan like MulberryCare, you'll be covered for wear and tear, mechanical and electrical issues, even power surge damage. Instead of waiting months for a new dishwasher if you have a problem, file a claim with Mulberry and we'll take care of your dishwasher woes. You won't have the added cost of dishwasher repair, you'll never pay a deductible and there are no hidden fees.

How long do dishwashers last?

According to manufacturers surveyed by consumer reports, the average life of a dishwasher is about 10 years. Although, the average dishwasher life for your machine will depend on several factors:

  • Wear and tear: Like any other appliance, the more you use it, the faster it’ll wear over time. You can avoid excessive wear by only running the machine when it’s full (and you'll save on other utility bills!). It might seem convenient to just run a half load quickly, but you can easily double the wear on your machine.
  • Maintenance: You should always familiarize yourself with your appliances when you get them. Take a moment to go over the user manual and read up on any dishwasher maintenance tips. A little DIY appliance maintenance can extend the average dishwasher life.
  • Product quality: Don’t purchase a dishwasher just because it’s the most affordable. Sometimes you get what you pay for. If it isn’t a quality machine, it could end up costing you more money down the road in dishwasher repair costs than the price of a new machine.

Cost of dishwasher repair

Even though most dishwashers are expected to last for 10 years, it’s common for issues to start occurring as soon as five years after installation. So you might find yourself paying out-of-pocket for various repairs throughout your machine’s lifetime.

The cost of dishwasher repair depends on the nature of the problem and can range from $150 to over $300. It might not sound like much for a one-off repair service, but if you need to have a professional come over more than once, it can quickly add up to more than the cost of a new machine. If you want to keep money in your pocket and avoid hefty dishwasher repair costs, make the small upfront investment in an extended warranty. Install the Mulberry extension so you'll be alerted when MulberryCare product protection is available for products you're browsing.

Find product protection that puts you first

Any large appliances should come with a limited manufacturer warranty, but that typically only covers the basic parts and labor protection for the first year. Specific parts might be covered for a bit longer, but there are limitations when it comes to what type of damage actually qualifies under the limited warranty. An extended warranty like MulberryCare provides longer-term, more comprehensive coverage. There’s a lot that could go wrong between years 2-10 - make sure you're covered for the long haul so your machine will last longer than the average dishwasher and you can avoid the dishwasher repair costs.

 

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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