The best dishwasher repairs in Canberra

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Detlevs, one of Canberra’s most recommended dishwasher repair services. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

For many, dishwashers are the best invention. They’re a staple of modern kitchens because they clean dirty dishes quick sharp. They’re convenient and easy to use. But when your dishwasher breaks, you’ll be on the hunt for a reputable repair service that reduces frustration levels by getting you back up and running as soon as possible.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a dishwasher repair service, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great dishwasher repair service?

When choosing a dishwasher repair specialist, look for one who is knowledgeable, experienced, trained and certified. You’ll want a technician who is honest about what’s wrong with your dishwasher and options for fixing it. This could save you from dishing out hundreds of dollars for a new appliance.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a dishwasher repair service.

  • Knowledgeable. The best dishwasher repair technicians know the ins and outs of all types of dishwashers. They’re highly experienced with a wide range of brands, makes and models. They’ve seen it all before and know how to fix common and unusual dishwasher problems.
  • Well-priced. No one wants to overpay for dishwasher repair services. The best in the industry charge a fair price. They’re willing to provide detailed quotes upfront and back their work.
  • High-quality parts. Repairing your dishwasher can save you money, but only if the parts used will last and are compatible with your dishwasher.
  • Honest. You’ll want to choose a dishwasher repair service that is honest about your problem. You don’t want someone who oversells what you need to get your machine up and running again.
  • Reliable. Your dishwasher repair experts should show up on time and be ready to work. They should be well presented and clean up after themselves.

The best dishwasher repair services in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Detlev's Electrical

Since opening their doors in 1994, family-owned and locally operated Detlev’s has flourished into one of the most respected electrical service providers in the region. The team of accredited electrical installers handles all types of repairs—large and small—for a wide range of appliances, including dishwashers, fans, dryers, gas cooktops and washing machines.

Detlev’s electrical installers are skilled at investigating, diagnosing and repairing. If an appliance is still under warranty, Detlev’s can coordinate with certain manufacturers on a client’s behalf. Detlev’s fully stocked van means repairs of dishwashers and other appliances can usually be fixed in the first call out. Should there be a need for a return on the same job, Detlev’s won’t charge a second call out fee.

Steve Donnelly wrote on Google, “Luke called me to let me know he was on the way. His service was fast, efficient and friendly. I would definitely use Detlev’s again.”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2020292.

Silva Plumbing Service

Silva Plumbing Service is a family owned and run business delivering high-quality workmanship and customer service, including with dishwasher repairs. Qualified, experienced tradespeople assess problems and offer the best solutions.

On Google, Peter Marsack wrote, “I phoned to book a repair of a faulty dishwasher, but Michael gave me options to try for myself first, rather than paying for a call out. Not only did it fix the issue, Michael texted to check on progress …”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2013299.

The Ginger Beard Repair Service

The Ginger Beard Repair Service works in Canberra and surrounds, fixing all types of appliances, including dishwashers. Fast, reliable and friendly, The Ginger Beard Repair Services works with a wide range of dishwasher and other appliance brands. A 10 per cent discount is available for booking online.

Sandra Salcedo wrote on Google, “This is the second time I have used Ginger Beard Repair Services … They’re extremely professional, arrive on time and kept me updated when parts had to be ordered.”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2017429.

Canberra Appliance Repairs

Canberra Appliance Repairs, established in 1988, specialises in servicing and repairing domestic white goods, including dishwashers. Trained and certified repair technicians use up-to-date technology to diagnose problems, provide a comprehensive analysis and recommend the best approach.

On Google, Avarrettn Moellert wrote, “First-rate appliance repair service in Canberra. If I could give them 10-stars, I would. Saved me a heap of money by fixing my dishwasher which meant I didn’t have to buy new.”

Craig Poole’s Appliance Repairs

For more than 25 years, Craig Poole’s Appliance Repairs has been fixing kitchen and laundry appliances, with a professional approach. Trained mobile technicians have extensive experience with dishwashers and other white goods. They also install dishwashers. The service, with competitive industry rates, is fast, friendly and reliable. A 12-month warranty is provided.

David Chan wrote on Google, “This guy is a bloody legend! Prompt, got things done quickly, affordable and operates with a work ethic to be applauded. Going under speed dial.”

AES Appliance Service

AES Appliance Service has been repairing appliances, including dishwashers, for over 13 years. The expert team of repair technicians are authorised service agents for many brands. They fix everything from leaks, performance, water supply issues and doors that won’t close or lock.

Judy Lind wrote on Google, “I highly recommend this business. The service expert was on time, polite and efficient and did the dishwasher repair with no fuss or bother. Didn’t charge an arm and a leg either.”

If you’re looking for more information on appliance repairs in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best appliance repair services, best places to buy appliance parts, best oven repair services, best washing machine repair services and the best plumbers Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with dishwasher repair services in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the dishwasher repair services listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose a dishwasher repair specialist?

Check the company’s website for how long the service has been in business, what they do and if they’re experienced with your brand of dishwasher. Explore if they use high-quality parts and what their availability is for fixing your dishwasher. Check pricing and whether they stand by their repairs. You can also check online for reviews.

Do I call a plumber or electrician to fix my dishwasher?

You can call an appliance repair technician to fix a broken dishwasher. If the problem ends up being your plumbing or electricity, and not the dishwasher itself, you may need the services of a plumber or electrician.

How much does it cost to fix a dishwasher?

This depends on the problem. It’s best to get an expert to diagnose the problem. Start by calling an expert repair technicians. Sometimes they can provide information on what they think the problem is by phone. If they can't, they may need to charge a call-out fee to come to your home to determine precisely what is required.

Is it best to fix a dishwasher or just buy a new one?

A great dishwasher repair technician will provide advice on options. They’ll be open and honest about whether repairing or replacing is best. With repairs, they’ll give you an idea of how long your dishwasher could last after it’s fixed.

Do dishwasher repairs come with a warranty?

It’s a good idea to ask your dishwasher repair technician what type of customer satisfaction guarantee and/or warranty they offer with their service. The best repair technicians will confidently back their work.

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M&C are not the repair agent even tho they will repair it. F&P have independent repair techs. If the water is only going in spurts it could well be the water valves which is very common with these machines too. But yes it could be the balance switch. I fix these machines for a hobby and am happy to help

I’d say you’re likely to find Mayner & Cochrane ARE the F&P service agent. They are the agents for just about everything else.

I fix all my own stuff, generally, so I can’t comment on their repair service. However, I know that trying to buy parts from them is a complete waste of time. They are quite disinterested in selling to the general public and rarely have (or seem able to obtain) the parts that I’ve needed over the years.

WD40 won’t get inside the switch which is where the problem is. If you’re close enough to spray the switch with scented sewing machine oil, then you’re close enough to replace it.

veronicamars5:37 pm 19 Jul 13

I would phone Fisher and Paykel 1300 650 590. They first try to see if it is something you can fix yourself and if not will tell you who their service agent in Canberra is.

We had a TERRIBLE experience with Mayner and Cochrane. In fact, I was thinking about posting it here to ask for advice. Our dryer was malfunctioning, and they sent out a young guy who literally googled the problem on his ipad. He recommended we get a new control board. They never called and we had to track a control board down ourselves. They came to install it and said it was fixed. It wasn’t fixed, and we asked for our old control board back and a refund of the cost of the part. We have complained by phone and by letter and they have completely ignored us. We spent $350 with these idiots and the dryer is in the exact same condition as before they looked at it. If we were in the US, we would take them to small claims court, but I’m not sure what the process is here.

wildturkeycanoe5:10 pm 19 Jul 13

Googling the problem also seems to point to the out of balance switch. Locating it if you can and giving it a jiggle apparently may work and doesn’t involve electrical work. Perhaps some WD40 to fix the corrosion?

If it’s anything like my old(er) F&P machine, replacing the microswitch is very straight forward. You’ll find it has corroded and the switch contacts will have a high resistance.

You can buy a suitable part at Jaycar. However, it does mean dismantling the controls which will expose some mains wiring so if you’re not comfortable with that then don’t do it. The microswitch will also need to have it’s actuator arm cut off to expose the switch plunger. They aren’t the greatest quality switches so you may want to get a spare for next time – but it will get you going again.

I would definitely call Mayner and Cochrane. We made the mistake of calling someone else to fix our stove element that was on the blink only to be told we were imaging things and that will be $110 thanks. M&C turned up on time, got the stove fixed and were out of here in no time. They were a little pricey but the stove is as good as new and they gave us a warranty with the repairs they did. They’re coming again next week to fix our dodgy dishwasher – hopefully they’ll fix it just as efficiently.

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