So what's the point? The point is, a house is a collection of things - machines and structures that wear out over time. It is not "The American Dream" and never was. It is just a thing you will own for part of your life - an expensive thing that earns you no income and makes you little money. In fact, it is a series of expenses over time, and if you are lucky, you may end up breaking even when it is all said and done.
If you are renting an apartment or townhouse or condo, don't think you are "missing out" on something by not owning it. And in today's overheated real estate market, don't stress yourself financially for the "privilege" of owning a home.
And for God's sake, if you are going to own a house, learn how to be handy!
UPDATE: A reader asks, "why not just remove the dishwasher and replace it with a cabinet?" That is an interesting idea, but a house without a dishwasher would be considered "quirky" at least in this market and price range. Plus, hiring a cabinet maker to make a matching cabinet (good luck with that!) would cost more than a new dishwasher. Yes, you should keep your house in condition to sell at any moment - because you may have to, someday.
So, it is like with the icemaker. You could do without, but you are going to spend a lot to patch up the hole where the appliance was, and end up with a quirky house. And your house, while it doesn't make you money, is a huge asset that should be taken care of.
I found the door seal to be covered with scale from hard water. I will clean it with Lime-Away (from the dollar tree) and put some silicone on it. It doesn't seem to be leaking - for the time being, anyway. We'll keep monitoring it, but a new one is in the cards - along with a new kitchen floor.
Other people have told me horror stories about leaking dishwashers - where the intake valve leaked. They went away for a few weeks, and came back to a flood and rotted floorboards.
Always turn off your water when you go away! At least, I do.