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How to Fix a Dishwasher Door Latch

It can be really frustrating whenever there is a broken door latch on your dishwasher. Seeking the services of an expert means digging deep into your pocket for money that was not budgeted for. It could also be a challenge especially if you don’t consider yourself a handy person for the job. A dysfunctional dishwasher door definitely means no efficient dish washing is taking place; this is why dishwasher repair and servicing is very important. Sometimes it may force you to work on it despite not being well versed on what is really needed. In this article you will find tons of useful information that will be helpful when it comes to the door of your dishwasher.

Here’s what you should know about these repair services

  • You’ll be impressed with this repair as you’ll find it easy to follow
  • The whole process takes as little as 15-30 minutes if you understand the basics

Dishwasher Repair

Anytime the door latch is not functioning properly, the first thing to check is the door latch. It is usually attached to the dishwasher tub and is adjustable. If not connected properly it will be the force behind door problems which in turn will cause the dishwasher not to work properly. Another problem could be that the door is worn out and is not closing tightly enough to prevent leakage. When there is continuity of electricity to the door switches this will also hinder the door’s functionality. If all this is happening it means the door latch needs to be replaced.

The good news is that there are thousands of models of dishwasher parts. Sometimes, getting a model number can be a hassle. Below are some guidelines to help you locate the dishwasher’s model number.

  • Check on the top of the door jamb, to the left, right, or in the center
  • It can be found on the underside of the control panel
  • You may also get it on the door itself, on the left, right, or in the center
  • For portable dishwashers, check either on the back of the unit, or on the side of the hose storage
  • Also look on the upper left hand corner of the unit’s frame

We have identified and possibly exhausted all the possible causes that could cause a dishwasher door latch not to function properly. It is not only the door latch, but there are also other parts that could be faulty. At any given time fixing a dishwasher proves to be difficult with all the information provided above, type the model problem of the particular part affected in the search box. It will assist you as you will be able to find any repair help that is effective. Searching with your model number also plays a big role in giving you access to all schematics and parts. It will also give you the problem of the dishwasher as well as the dishwasher repair guide and all installation guides.

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What Our Customers Say About Us

Discover how Fix Appliances maintains a 5-star service record since day one.

Within 24 hours our appliance was fixed with the proper Miele part ....before he did the repair he explained the problem and all costs to fix it...we would not hesitate to call them for any future appliance repair.

Oldcorn, Shanty Bay, ON, Dishwasher repair

What a great experience to deal with FIX. Initial contact for service was very polite and positive. Appointment time was prompt and timely. Service repair person (Oleg) was extremely efficient and knowledgeable to assess the problem and subsequently order parts and repair. His work was efficient, neat and tidy. We are very pleased with the work and have already mentioned this company to our friends. We will not hesitate to request repair service again if and when required. Congratulation on your high standard of business ethics and practices.

Wclute, Duntroon, ON, Repair dish washer


Service Area

FIX Appliances CA is located in Barrie and Bradford, Ontario. Our local dishwasher repair technicians also cover Simcoe County, Toronto and GTA areas. Check the map to confirm the service area nearest to your city or town.

Dishwasher Brands We Service

Miele, Samsung, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, GE,  Maytag, Bosch, Kenmore, KitchenAid and more brand name dishwashers. 

Common Questions Asked About Dishwashers

Is pre-rinsing necessary?

No, remove excess food, but pre-rinsing is not needed. New dishwashers and soaps are designed to remove food particles. Pre-soaking may be needed for dried-on food.

How do I avoid spots and cloudiness on glasses?

Use a heated drying cycle or rinse aid. Using excess detergent can cause glass etching, so
use about half the amount to reduce corrosion. Hard water can cause spots, so you may need to invest in a water softener.

What kind of detergent is best?

Pod-style, dissolving packets are easy to use and reduce the chance of using too much
detergent. Brand names tend to work better than generic brands too.

How should I load the dishwasher?

Cutlery should be face up for better water circulation. Sharp knives and utensils should
be face down for safety when removing. Plates, pots and cutting boards should be placed on the lower rack leaning toward the center spray arm or facing down. Plastic, glasses and long utensils should be placed on the upper rack.

Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Tip #1 – Clean or replace the filter

A filter located under the lower spray arm is generally removable. Clean it with a soft, bristled brush regularly. Replace if it becomes damaged.

Tip #2 – Clean and deodorize

Wipe down the area between the door and bottom of the dishwasher to remove food particles. Clean out spray arm holes with a needle. Use a dishwasher deodorizer to keep it smelling fresh and prevent mold growth.

Tip #3 – Wipe down exterior

Special cleaning wipes are available to safely remove fingerprints from exterior stainless-steel doors and handles. Use a damp, non-abrasive cloth for all painted finishes.

Tip #4 – Stop overloading

It may be tempting to fit every dish possible into one load. Overloading will restrict water spray patterns that will require rewashing and wasted water.

Tip #5 – Repair dish racks

Replacement tips for the upper and lower racks are available in a variety of colors. Touch-up paint is available to cover worn and flaking paint that will rust if left untreated.

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