Nothing lasts forever, and certainly “durable” appliances like dishwashers, disposals and microwaves have a limited life expectancy. Most home warranty companies will not cover house-hold appliances that are over 10 years of age as they are deemed to be at the end of their serviceable life.
I often run into dishwashers that very old and still functioning, however, the racks are badly rusted. As home inspectors, we are to look at items of function. Is the item performing its intended duty? So is it our job to report this as a defect or just normal wear and tear?
My take is normal wear and tear that can be expected due to normal use. However; I do make a note in the comments section as an item to monitor and that the dishwasher is at the end of its serviceable life. Budget for eventual age replacement. Damaged or non-functioning racks, rollers or other components other issues which should be addressed by licensed professionals.
And that my friends, is my 2￠’s worth for the morning.
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