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How to Replace a Dishwasher Door Lock

Welcome, so you are here because unfortunately, you have an issue with your existing door lock in your dishwasher? But hey, don’t worry because this video shows eSpares' Matt explaining how to change an old door lock with a new one.

Should you find that the video has gone too quick for you to follow, we also have a step-by-step guide below it, that you can also use for reference when performing this repair.

Hopefully by following this video and it's detailed step-by-step instructions, you should be able to repair your dishwasher - saving you the cost of a repairman, or even a new appliance.

So if your dishwasher door is no longer locking correctly, then it would usually mean that the machine itself will not turn on. This will be because a trip switch in the lock mechanism won’t activate when the door is open.

This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.

What You Will Need:

Step 1 - Safety Advice

STOP! Before starting any repair please ensure you turn off the power to your dishwasher by either switching off and unplugging it (if your model has a plug) or switching off the power via the switch in your kitchen.

Step 2 - Remove The Control Panel Fascia

Right, let's begin! You need to start by removing the screws which can be found at the top of the inside of the dishwasher door. Once removed this will allow you to easily slide out the faceplate fascia.

Be careful when removing as the metal edges can be sharp. 

Step 3 - Uncouple The Cables From Control Panel Fascia

With the fascia removed you can carefully uncouple the cables, this will allow you a little more room to manoeuvre. Once removed you should be able to clearly see the door lock mechanism, here - there are two screws which will need to be removed.

Step 4 - Replace The Door Lock

Now the screws have been taken out, you can now remove the old lock mechanism.

The new door lock will fit exactly the same as the original so this shouldn’t take too long, don’t forget to refit the two screws which hold it in place.

Step 5 - Attach The Connector & Fit The Control Panel Fascia

Once firmly in place, replace the connector and simply slide the fascia panel back in. And once the panel is secure and the connector cable is not in the way, replace the screws along the top of the inside plate and you’re done.

So you have successfully replaced the door lock mechanism - and now we are going to run through replacing the upper catch.

Step 6 - Remove The Top Panel

You need to remove the top plate! Simply removing the screws which sit at the back, once the screws have been removed the top plate can be lifted off.

Step 7 - Remove The Catch From The Plate

There will be a central screw which needs to be removed. It is recommended to hold onto the nut while you perform this step. Once loose the catch should just come away from the plate.

Step 8 - Replace The Upper Catch

Replace the old catch plate with the new one in the same way in steps 7 and 6, fit the top plate back in place and hey presto you’re done!

So hopefully following the video and this step by step guide, your dishwasher door now locks as it should - ensuring you can continue to use your dishwasher to give your plates and cutlery a good clean.

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