How to Remove a Dishwasher Door

Repairing your own kitchen appliances can save you a significant amount of money over the years. Instead of replacing your dishwasher because of a broken door, you can remove the door and replace it yourself. This is especially helpful if you have a leaky door because the problem is usually eliminated by simply replacing the seals that run around the edge of the dishwasher opening.

  • Owner's manual
  • Screwdriver
Unplug the dishwasher's electrical cord from the outlet or shut off the kitchen's breaker switch. Shut off the water supply valve so that nothing will leak out when you remove the door. Turn on the dishwasher's power switch before proceeding to make sure you have completely cut the power.

Remove the drain hose connecting the sink drain to the dishwasher. Gently pull the dishwasher unit out from under the counter until you can reach the side of the door. It may be heavy, so ask for assistance if you need it.

Remove the outer door panels according to the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the type of dishwasher you have, the door may be constructed of one or two panels. Two-panel doors often have a control panel piece that must be taken off before you can release the lower panel.

Release the tension in the springs near the bottom of the door and remove them. Again, check your owner's manual to see exactly how the springs are assembled. Some dishwashers have an adjustment dial that releases the tension, while others just have a series of holes where you can hook the loose end of the spring.

Pull the door hinge plate back until the slot expands enough for the pin to slide out. Remove the screws that hold the hinge plate onto the door panel. Use one hand to support the door assembly while slowly opening the door. The door will begin to drop down and you can slide it off the hinge pin and out of the dishwasher's opening.

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