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Whirlpool Dishwasher Repair

Whirlpool dishwashers improved dramatically about 20 years ago or so, when Whirlpool bought out the Kitchen Aid dishwasher brand. Whirlpool took the very best parts of what was up until then the best built dishwasher in the universe and incorporated it into their own design allowing the average consumer to also be able to purchase a great dishwasher at a reasonable price. Slam dunk!

One of the problems that had plagued the dishwasher manufactures was actual dish loading space. Since the outside dimensions of the dishwasher was fixed according to the 24″ opening of the cabinet width and 34 1/2″ counter top height it was hard for manufacturers to offer many options for capacity. These dishwashers were also major energy hogs because they used a large single 1/2 horsepower motor. Along came the Europeans, who introduced a tall tub dishwasher utilizing two much smaller 1/5 HP motors in place of the single motor allowing the actual wash tub to be enlarged downward, providing a gain of about 4″ in extra loading space! Whirlpool dishwashers, along with every other major brand followed suit and began offering their own version of the tall tub. These tall tub dishwashers also have another distinct advantage over their predecessors. The new design was much quieter than the old 1/2 HP motors, which addressed one of the consist concerns of most customers in looking for a quieter dishwasher. Viola!

The downsides involve service accessibility and average repair costs. The tall tub models leave very little room for a technician to be able to work from underneath the front of the unit. Many repairs require that the dishwasher be removed from its installed position and pulled out in the open to access the various components. Servicing the unit through the very small front opening represent a potential hazard due to the sharp edges. Landers Appliance service technicians with large hands and arms can and do get cut reaching through the tiny space. The wash and drain motors are no longer repairable as many of the old 1/2 HP motors were. These new motors are replaced as an assembly therefore increasing the total repair price. You are receiving a better repair in the long run but ultimately you are paying for it!

I didn’t mention the new drawer type of dishwasher in this brief synopsis because WP doesn’t currently make one under their own brand name. Please call my office or send me an e-mail for my thoughts on our Landers Appliance experience with these products.

For a history of Whirlpool go to Whirlpool’s website.

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