October 1, 2016

How to replace a dishwasher door latch assembly

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door latch assembly

If the latch assembly on the dishwasher door isn’t working, the door won’t latch and the dishwasher won’t run. The problem could be the latch itself, or it could be the microswitch that tells the electronic control board if the latch is closed. Fortunately, the latch assembly includes both components, so you just have to replace the latch assembly with the right dishwasher replacement part. This repair guide offers detailed instructions for accessing and replacing the door latch assembly in a dishwasher.

This repair procedure works for some Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, JennAir and Amana dishwashers. You also can use the same basic process to replace the door latch assembly on GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Samsung and LG dishwashers.

Quick links
Tools required
Torx screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
How to replace a dishwasher door latch assembly video.

Replacing a dishwasher door latch assembly video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off electrical power

    Unplug the dishwasher or shut off the house circuit breaker for the dishwasher.

    To verify that power is disconnected, make sure that you can't activate the display on the control panel. 

    PHOTO: Shut off the house circuit breaker.

    PHOTO: Shut off the house circuit breaker.

  2. 02.

    Remove the outer door panel and control panel

    Remove the Torx screws from the inner door panel, supporting the outer door panel with one hand as you remove the final 2 screws so the outer door panel doesn't fall.

    Separate the outer door panel and control panel from the inner door panel, and let the outer panel rest on the floor while you disconnect the user interface control wire harness from the control panel.

    Pull off the outer door panel and control panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the outer dishwasher door panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the outer dishwasher door panel.

  3. 03.

    Remove the door latch assembly

    Unplug the door switch wire harness from the latch assembly.

    Release the locking tabs and pull the door latch assembly out of the inner door panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the door latch assembly.

    PHOTO: Remove the door latch assembly.

  4. 04.

    Install the new door latch assembly

    Insert the new door latch assembly and engage the locking tab.

    Plug in the door switch wire harness.

    PHOTO: Install the new door latch assembly.

    PHOTO: Install the new door latch assembly.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the outer door panel and control panel

    Position the outer door panel and control panel close enough to the inner door so you can reconnect the user interface control wire harness.

    Reconnect the user interface control wire harness and attach the outer door panel and control panel to the inner door panel.

    Reinstall the mounting screws.

    Tip: Use the longer screws to secure the control panel.
    PHOTO: Reinstall the outer door panel.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the outer door panel.

  6. 06.

    Restore electrical power

    Reset the house circuit breaker or plug in the dishwasher to restore electrical power.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Be sure to use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: glass or popcorn kernel stuck in the chopper blade, drain line vibrating against the cabinet, debris in wash pump or drain pump
Main causes: not using rinse aid, rinse aid dispenser failure, broken heating element, malfunctioning vent, drying fan failure

Repair guides common to all dishwashers

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your dishwasher.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher detergent dispenser

Dishes need dish detergent to get clean. Learn how to replace a dishwasher detergent dispenser with easy step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher drain hose

This step-by-step guide explains how to remove a cracked or leaking drain hose in your dishwasher and install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher thermal fuse

A completely dead control panel often indicates that the thermal fuse on the electronic control board is blown; follow these steps to replace a blown thermal fuse in your dishwasher.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dishwasher.

January 31, 2019

Replacing upper dishrack stationary or adjustable rollers on Kenmore 665-series and Whirlpool dishwashers video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

In less than 15 minutes you can get that upper dishrack rolling smoothly again.

September 28, 2016

Dishwasher has no power video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Sometimes you just plain forget to turn the dishwasher switch on, but you might also need to check for faulty wire connections or user interface control.

January 16, 2015

How to fix rust spots on a dishwasher dishrack video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

It’s easy to get a newer looking dishrack!