April 1, 2014

How to replace a dishwasher door outer panel

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door outer panel

This dishwasher repair guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to fix a dishwasher door outer panel. Replace the outer door panel of a dishwasher if it's marred or damaged; some dishwashers let you change the panel so you can match it to other kitchen appliances or your kitchen cabinets. Use the manufacturer-approved dishwasher part when replacing the outer door panel.

This DIY guide can help you replace the outer door panel on Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, JennAir, Maytag and Amana dishwashers. You also can use the same basic steps to replace the outer door panel on some GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Bosch, LG and Samsung dishwashers.

Quick links
Tools required
Torx screwdriver
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off electrical power

    Flip the house circuit breaker switch to the Off position to disconnect electrical power to the dishwasher. To verify that power is disconnected, make sure the display on the control panel can't be activated.

  2. 02.

    Remove the outer door panel

    Remove the Torx screws on the inner dishwasher door panel that hold the outer door panel in place. Support the outer door panel with one hand as you remove the final 2 screws so it doesn't fall.

    Carefully lower and remove the dishwasher door outer panel and set the panel aside for disposal.

    PHOTO: Remove the inner door panel screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the inner door panel screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the outer door panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the outer door panel.

  3. 03.

    Attach the new outer door panel

    Position the outer panel on the door and insert 2 screws loosely to hold it in place. 

    Insert the rest of the screws and finger-tighten them. Then tighten them another 1/4 turn so that they're reasonably firm. Don't overtighten the screws, to prevent cracking or damaging the door panel.

    Tip: You might need a helper to hold the new door panel in place while you loosely insert a couple screws to hold the panel in place.
  4. 04.

    Restore electrical power

    Flip the house circuit breaker switch to the On position. The dishwasher display should light up after you restore electricity. Test that the dishwasher control buttons work.

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

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