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Your Questions About Dishwasher Repair Cost

Linda asks…

GE portable dishwasher will not stay attached to faucet. What needs to be replaced?

I have a GE portable dishwasher. I have had it for a year with no problems until now. It will hook up to the faucet with not problems, but when I turn on the water it pops off. Any idea what exactly needs to be replaced? Thanks!

James Conley answers:

Probably the collar on the hose connection. But to be safe, and it won’t cost much more, replace the faucet nipple also.
They used to sell a collar repair kit, so that you would not have to replace the entire hose assembly, not sure if they still do, or not.
The kit contains the spring, retaining ring, collar, and ball bearings that you can see in the connection end of the hose. A fairly easy repair, most anyone should be able to handle.
Good luck, hope this helps, car dude.

Joseph asks…

How come everything I have bought has had problems/defects?

my dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and vacuum cleaner, all less than three years old, have had to be repurchased or returned be cause of a defect or poorly made. Why is this?

James Conley answers:

One of the reasons is that the manufacturing companies keep trying to cut costs to compete with lower priced products.
So instead of using decent long lasting parts in their products, they use cheap plastic. You know the results.
If you were to take a poll, on this, you will find a large percentage, have had your problem.
If you can, buy the higher priced products, it’s worth it in the long run, you don’t get that aggravation, you get when you buy those cheaper products.
Try the middle of the road products, they seem to last longer. If you can, before buying a new product, check out Consumer Digest, for their selections, you will at least get a good idea, of what is the best value in the product you wish to buy. Your local library, may have copies of that magazine.
As to those extended warranties, they tend to be very expensive, and then you have the problem of locating it when you need it, not always easy, and then you have to ship the product back to them for repair. Hardly worth the cost and effort.

Carol asks…

Have I damaged my dishwasher by running it without water supply?

The other day I replaced my shutoff valves under the sink, and for some reason, I forgot to turn the dishwasher supply line back on when I was finished. Then last night I ran a full load in the dishwasher using the extra hot anti-bacterial cycle with NO water. Could this have damaged my dishwasher?

James Conley answers:

It could have damaged several items in your washer including the pump motor, seals, heating element, etc… The only way to find out is to make sure water is turned on to the unit and try running it through a cycle. Make sure that you have some dirty dishes inside to determine the effectiveness. If there is some difference in the final results, you might want to call a professional, get an estimate of repairs and compare that cost to the cost of a new dishwasher.

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