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Old 02-26-2018, 12:27 PM   #1
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How often do you replace a dishwasher sump and when do you replace it? Do you do preemptive replacement?

I have a GE Triton XL. Itís a little over 14 YO. It still works well. Iím pretty consistent in keeping the parts clean - coarse/fine filters, filter basket (that fits inside the sump), spray arms, the tub floor, round the door gasket, etc.

The sump is made of white rubber and I noticed (felt it, actually) itís tacky - tacky like rubber gets when itís old. Should I be replacing the sump already or is a tacky old rubber sump normal?
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Never, wait till it leaks then get rid of dishwasher.
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Never, wait till it leaks then get rid of dishwasher.


Oh? So if the rubber sump develops a leak, replace the whole dishwasher? Why not replace the sump? Are you recommending replacement because of the age of the DW?
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Oh? So if the rubber sump develops a leak, replace the whole dishwasher? Why not replace the sump? Are you recommending replacement because of the age of the DW?
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AT 14 yrs, my biggest concern would be the supply line feeding the DW. One blown supply hose could be catastrophic in short order.

A leaking pump, or pump hose would only leak when pumping water. A blown supply hose will leak until a valve is shut off.
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Fair enough. How long are dishwashers expected to last before being replaced?

I wouldnít mind a new DW though I tend to develop loyalty to my old stuff. I have a Pilot mechanical pencil and an NT cutter Iíve had since 1983. HA HA Remarkable when those things have a high probability of getting lost/being left behind.
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AT 14 yrs, my biggest concern would be the supply line feeding the DW. One blown supply hose could be catastrophic in short order.

A leaking pump, or pump hose would only leak when pumping water. A blown supply hose will leak until a valve is shut off.


It doesnít have a flexible supply hose. It has a 1/4Ē copper tubing directly connected to the solenoid valve (as far as I remember last time I cleaned under the DW). Thatís actually the reason why I dread having to replace the rubber sump -
I hate having to work with stiff copper tubing + DW is heavy to pull out and tip over.

I do have a water leak alarm under the DW and outside the DW.
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Sorry I can't tell how long something should last. It's like a lifetime warranty how long is life? Everybody has their own preference of replacement time. I just got rid of a $3K refrigerator that was 8 years old. Bad compressor. I can replace it myself but I decided not to. Replaced with a new refrigerator. To each their own. How much aggravation and money will dictate that. Whatever you decide good luck.
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My kitchen aide lasted 16 years. Was working great but a little rust around the door hinge and some occasional drips. What killed it was the control board burning up. Filled the house with an acrid odor and entertained the neighbors with the fire department showing up. No harm done, dishwasher went out the door the next morning.
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