The Average Life of Maytag Dishwashers

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Maytag appliances have a reputation for reliability and longevity.
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Choosing appliances for your home takes a good deal of thought as well as a review of your household needs. Many brands are available with a variety of features that can make the choice confusing. Maytag is a well-known brand that has a track record that is reassuring for many consumers. Maytag dishwashers can be expected to last well within the average life expectancy range of most dishwasher brands.

About Maytag Appliances

Maytag Corporation began in the 1890s as a farm equipment manufacturer that quickly branched out into appliances. In 1907, its first appliance was introduced, a simple washing machine wringer and tub combination that became a popular item in American homes. It became the Maytag Washing Machine Company in 1925.

The company expanded rapidly during the post-war years of the 1950s, with its name brand washers, dryers, dishwashers and other appliances among the most reputable brands on the market. In 2006, the Maytag line was bought out by the Whirlpool Corporation.

Dishwasher Life Expectancy

You can expect most dishwashers to have a life expectancy of about 10 years, according to Consumer Reports. Of course, how long your dishwasher will continue to give service depends on a number of factors, including the amount of food debris normally left on the dishes, how often the machine is used and how frequently it is given routine maintenance to keep it functioning correctly. These factors can vary widely from household to household.

Average Dishwasher Life For Maytags

Maytag offers a one-year parts and labor warranty and limited warranty on certain parts for 10 years. With regular maintenance, Maytag dishwashers can last longer than average.

The price of the washer affects the longevity as well, with higher priced units more likely to give longer service. Dishwasher models range between $400 to $1,500. Maytag also offers a number of extended warranty service contracts on its products.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher

To keep your Maytag dishwasher running efficiently and safely, keep it clean. Periodically, clean the drains at the bottom of the tub as well as small screens in the door area. Clean the gaskets around the door with a soft rag and vinegar to remove food debris and dried detergent. And about once a month, remove the bottom rack and unscrew the plastic cylinder to clean the filter

Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Even though the average life of Maytag dishwashers is 10 years, Consumer Reports notes that nearly 30 percent of all brands of dishwashers experience problems or break within the first five years. You can mitigate problems by maintaining your dishwasher.

If you find any holes in the filter, go ahead and replace it. Bits of bones, seeds and other debris can pass through filter holes and become lodged into the dishwasher pump where they may damage the motor seals or the pump impeller. Replace any parts with parts from approved service centers recommended in your Maytag dishwasher owner's manual. And be sure not to overload the machine, which makes parts work harder and wear out more quickly.

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J. Lang Wood

J. Lang Wood's stories, essays and articles have been seen in journals across the country and online. She is a published short story and essay writer who specializes in travel topics, pets, medical subjects, Florida history, environmental issues, political and business topics. She is the author of the novel "Strays" and holds an Associate of Arts in chemistry from College of DuPage.