How to Replace the Door Handle and Interlock on a Dishwasher - Smeg Published 08/11/2010
Due to general wear and tear, over time the handle on your dishwasher can become faulty. When this happens you don't need to replace the appliance, instead you can fix the part yourself - as explained by eSpares in this video.
Hi, I'm Helen from eSpares.
I'm here in the eSpares kitchen to fix our broken dishwasher. Now we've got a fairly new Smeg dishwasher but the handle has been broken due to it being pulled too hard. The inner part of the handle has broken off and fallen down into the door somewhere. So this is what the inner part of the handle looks like, and I'm going to show you how to replace it.
While I'm here I'm going to replace the door interlock, because if you've got a problem opening or closing your dishwasher door it could be due to this. Before you order any parts always make sure you get the full appliance details, on a dishwasher these can normally be found around the edge of the door somewhere.
Safety first, before you start any work, always make sure you switch off at the mains first.
To begin this job I need to separate the control panel from the inner part of the door, to do this I want to remove the screws around the upper part of the door, but I want to leave these two as they hold the interlock on. Now I'm using a Torx head screwdriver, and a set of bits are available on the eSpares website.
Now I can separate the control panel from the inner part of the door, I don't know whether you can see here but the handle has completely come away from the machine, the two edges have entirely snapped off. So I'm just going to slot the new handle in and it slots in pretty easily, just like so.
Now while I'm here I'm also going to change the door interlock. When replacing a part like a door interlock that connects to the control panel using wires, you need to be very careful that you connect up the replacement in exactly the same way the old part. Now my problem here is that these to wires are pretty much identical, so I'm going to use a small sticker so I can identify which is which, like so. Now I just need to remove the wires and then unscrew these two screws that we left earlier, and now I just need to screw in the new interlock and connect it up in exactly the same way.
Now I just need to put the door back together, there we go, the eSpares kitchen now has a working dishwasher door handle. Spares and accessories for most makes of dishwasher can be found on the eSpares website.
Thanks for watching.