I have a 7-year-old Maytag dishwasher that is on its last leg. The
engine runs fine (although noisy) and it still washes dishes well.
However, the racks are worn out and many holders are falling apart.
Water at my house is hard and it must be softened. So the high salt
content in the water is making the racks rust prematurely.
I want to avoid this again so I was wondering what features I should
be looking for? Is it worth to spend the extra money on a stainless
steel tub? What about nylon covered racks (as opposed to vinyl)?
What else can help?
I doubt the tiny amount of sodium in the water is creating the corrosion.
Fact is, we use softened water in industrial boilers to increase their life,
not so they corrode faster.
The racks will corrode once the coating is broken. The coating will be
broken for a few reasons: defective to start with, a low quality coating
that becomes dry and brittle, abuse when loading or unloading the racks,
plain old wear and tear over the years. At 7 years, it is reaching the
point where the racks on any brand or type may start to corrode.. Depends
on use and care too. Once it starts, little will stop it no matter what
type of water you have.
Why do you say it is on its last legs? If it still washes well, it may be
best to invest in a couple of racks instead of a new machine.
I've gotten excellent service with Kenmore/Whirlpool appliances. I
don't think you need stainless particularly, a plastic tub will last
forever and the white color makes it easier to see stuff when loading
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