Find ratings for local appliance repairmen, including dishwasher repair, using online resources such as Yelp or Angie's List. National hardware stores chains like Lowe's and Home Depot can advise appliance owners on repairs, replacement and even reputable local appliance repairmen that contract with the store.
As of 2015, Angie's List is fast becoming the most popular resource for consumers looking to find information on a variety of local services including appliance repair. There is a fee associated with using Angie's List. While other online review sites, such as Yelp, do offer free reviews of local vendors and services, their lists may be less extensive and some reviews can be removed or replaced by business owners, making the list less reliable. With a small charge, Angie's List is able to cultivate a large list of local repairmen and put system-wide checks and balances in place to ensure reviews are more accurate.
Lowe's appliance department offers advice for consumers on securing appliance repair, but also on the options to replace appliances that may be costly to repair. This free advice can be a good start to understanding the extent of an appliance repair. If the repair will cost more than half of the cost of a new appliance, it may be wise to replace the unit instead.