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How to Fit a Washing Machine Door Handle - Indesit Published 28/04/2010

Maybe you got a bit impatient when waiting for your laundry and you pulled really hard on the washing machine door handle causing it to break. Or maybe the kids were playing a bit rough with the washing machine door and that's what broke the handle. No matter what the cause was, replacing a door handle on most washing machines is quite easy. In this video Mike will show you how it's done.

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The door handle on your washing machine plays an important part in keeping your washing machine door secure, so if there’s a fault with the handle, it’s important to fix the fault.

In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to fit a washing machine door handle, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.

Step 1: The first step to do is to remove the door from the washing machine, as it will be easier to work on the handle. To remove the door, use a Torx key set to unscrew the screws holding the door in place, and lift it off.

Step 2: With the door off, separate it into two halves so that you can get to the latch mechanism. To split the door, use a flat head screwdriver to undo the screws, followed by a blunt knife to slide around the edge to remove the two parts from each other.

Step 3: Remove the outside of the door and glass, leaving you with just the inside of the door with the handle mechanism to work on. With this part of the door closet to you, push the pin which is holding everything together through, enabling you to release all the pits.

Step 4: With the old door handle mechanism removed, take the new mechanism unit and begin putting it together, starting with the spring, followed by the latch. Once these are in place, push the pin halfway in.

Once the pin is halfway through, line the handle up before pushing the pin all the way through.

Step 5: Now your new handle is added to the door, reassemble the door, firstly by slipping the glass underneath the handle and lining up the notch, before adding the second part of the door, screwing everything in place and then reattaching the door to the machine.

There you have it, a step-by-step guide to fitting a washing machine door handle, helping it to perform to its optimum level.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I’m Mike from eSpares.

If you’ve ever tried to remove your laundry from the machine before the cycle is finished you’ll probably have ended up wrenching quite hard on the handle, here.,this is how they get damaged. In this video I’m going to show you how to replace them.

First thing I need to do is remove the door from the machine, because it’s going to be easier to work on it like that. This machine has the door attached with Torx screws. So you need to use a Torx head or a Torx key set which are available on the eSpares website. Now the door’s off, I’m going to separate it into two halves so that I can get to the latch mechanism, using a Philips head screwdriver. So the screws have been removed, but the two halves of the door are still attached to each other. I’m going to use a blunt knife and slide around the edge to release them from one another.

I’m now able to remove the outside of the door and the glass, leaving me with just the inside of the door with the handle mechanism to work on. It doesn’t matter which part of your old handle is broken, you’re going to need to remove it and all of its components anyway.  Here’s a quick tip: use a camera to take a couple of pictures of either side of it so that you know how to put it back together afterwards.

Now it’s this pin here that’s holding everything together so you need to push it through. You’re best off starting from this side, I’m using a thin screwdriver to get it some of the way that side, then push it the rest of the way to the other side. Now when you pull this all the way through you’ll have released all of the bits.

So, here is your replacement kit: the handle, the spring, the latch and the pin. The spring goes in first, here. Next the latch, which goes this way round and this side of the spring; hold that steady for the moment and now push the pin half way in, you can’t push it in all the way yet because you still need to line up the handle. It’s a matter of getting all these holes aligned and pushing the pin all the way through all of them, which can be a bit tricky; I think that’s it.

If it has gone through properly you should find a spring in the handle. I now want to reassemble the rest of the door. Firstly the glass slips underneath the handle and line up the notch, down there. You can lie that flat for the moment and you click the outside of the door into place now.

That leaves us just needing to replace the screws. I’m putting the door back on. And that’s how you replace the washing machine door handle.

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