The door of your dishwasher has been designed so that it opens and closes with ease. Your door should open and drop down without slamming, and it should close quickly and securely. If your door does not work correctly, you could face many other problems with your machine when it is in use.
If you dishwasher door drops quickly after opening it there are three main problems areas you need to check:
- Door spring
- Door gasket (seal)
- Door latch
If any of these mechanisms are broken, you will have issues with your dishwasher door. It may be possible to replace these parts at home if you are familiar with repairing dishwashers.
Problem 1: Broken Dishwasher Door Springs
Broken door springs are generally the problem when your dishwasher door just falls open when you unlatch it, or if it snaps quickly shut when you start to lift the door. Each of these problems can lead to physical damage to your dishwasher, and the springs should be replaced.
Dishwasher springs should be replaced using manufacturer parts. Springs are not all the same, and different manufacturers will use different sizes and tensions. Price ranges for the appropriate springs will range from $3.00 to $25.00 per set, depending on the make and model of your dishwasher.
Steps for Replacing your Dishwasher Door Springs
- Disconnect Your Dishwasher. Whenever you do any type of repairs on your dishwasher, you will want to make sure that electrical and water has been disconnected from the unit. You will have to move the unit around, and if you do not make these disconnections, you could be injured, or the dishwasher could be harmed.
- Remove the Unit from the Wall or Counter. You will need to pull your dishwasher out so that you can work on it. Depending on the make and model of your machine, you may be required to remove the front panel off of your dishwasher door and the bottom splash guard panel to access the springs.
- Locate Springs and Remove. The springs for your dishwasher door should be located near the bottom of the door on each side. Make a mental note of the position the springs are in on the brackets that hold them. That way, you can put the new springs in the same location. Carefully remove the spring first from the back of the unit and then from the door itself on each side.
- Replace Springs. You will want to replace the springs in the opposite fashion that you removed them. First, attach to the door then to the back of the unit. Once the springs are connected, reconnect the water and electricity and put the unit back into position. You should be good to go.
Problem 2: Faulty Door Seals
Faulty door seals may prevent the dishwasher door from closing all the way. This may prevent the machine from turning on or may allow the water to leak from the unit while it is in use.
Repairing or Replacing Your Dishwasher Door Seal
The first thing that you should do is to check the seal around your dishwasher door. Look for signs of brittleness, cracks, missing pieces, or if the seal is loose in any areas. It is prevalent for the seals to wear out over time, especially if you use the dishwasher frequently. Food gunk can also get on the seal and mess with its functionality.
The second thing you should do after doing the physical check is to clean it. Use either soap and water or baking soda and water with a cloth. Wipe down the gasket with your cleaning solution. This will get rid of the grime and might even reveal more damage.
If you find that you must replace the seal, you will need to make sure that you purchase the right replacement seal. Once you have the correct seal, remove the old seal by gently pulling it out of the groove it is in on the door. Wipe down the door area after removal to ensure that it is clean, and then put in the new seal by pushing it gently back into the holder.
You will want to make sure that the seal is even in the door all the way around. Check by running a cycle on your machine. Adjust as necessary. You may need to adjust the latch and the latch plate until you get the latch to match up correctly.
Problem 3: Broken Dishwasher Door Latch
If your door latch is not centered correctly, or if it has been physically broken, it will be difficult for your dishwasher door to close. Many people may think that they have a faulty seal, when in fact it is a broken latch.
In most cases, the latch is just off-centered, and you may be able to quickly adjust the latch. You will want to check the latch to see if it is showing any wear in any area, this would show where the latch is rubbing from being offset.
The latch may also be broken. Since this is a part that is used every time the dishwasher is opened and closed, it suffers a lot of wear. You may just need to remove and replace the latch so that you can securely shut the machine.
As with any repair you compete on an appliance, make sure that there is no electricity going to the unit before you begin any repair project. You will also want to make sure that you have purchased the right replacement parts for the machine.
Call A Professional Repair Service
Although many people enjoy DIY repairs, it is essential that you are comfortable making these types of repairs. Repairing a dishwasher requires working on a machine that uses both electricity and water, something that does not mix well if managed incorrectly. Your safety should always be your first concern.
If you do not feel comfortable making this type of repair, you are encouraged to call a maintenance or repair service for your machine. Not only can the service make the repair correctly and safely, but they can also check other parts of your dishwasher to make sure that the entire unit is working properly.