Don’t throw away a perfectly good dishwasher.

Occasionally, we get a job to pick up a dishwasher. The customer tells us, “This dishwasher is only 3 years old. It seems to work; I can hear the motor, but the darn thing just doesn’t clean the dishes any more, especially the top rack.”

So they bought a new dishwasher for about $600, and then they pay us to get rid of the old one.

It’s likely that they didn’t need a new dishwasher. Dishwashers typically last 9 to 10 years. If the relatively young dishwasher isn’t doing its job, most likely you have gunk clogging a part of the machine called the food chopper. If that part is clogged, you lose water pressure, which is the main force that cleans the dishes.


You can clean out this gunk in a about the time it takes to drive to the store to buy a new dishwasher. You need a couple of tools like a star-bit screw driver and some needle-nose pliers.

Here is a YouTube link that shows you how to make this simple repair. This guy is more thorough than I am. I find that you can clean out the food chopper area and call it a day.

If your machine really is too old to repair or clean, call Junk King and we’ll recycle it for you.