Dishwasher: Other symptoms

If you didn't see your dishwasher's problem on the main list of symptoms, you might find what you're looking for here. Below are instructions for fixing the door spring if the door drops open too fast, how to replace the detergent dispenser if it's not releasing the dish detergent, as well as links to troubleshooting videos.

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These repairs may help solve your dishwasher problem

Replace the dishwasher door hinge spring

Replace the dishwasher door hinge spring

A door hinge spring attaches to each side of the dishwasher door hinges. The door springs provides tension when the dishwasher door opens so it doesn't drop down too quickly. If a spring is broken, the door drops without control, and the door springs need to be replaced. Replace both springs so the sides have equal tension.

April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door spring

If your dishwasher door falls to the floor when you open it, chances are the door spring is broken. This easy-to-follow repair guide shows you how to replace the door springs yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher door latch assembly

Replace the dishwasher door latch assembly

The dishwasher won't start if the door isn't completely shut and latched. If the door doesn't latch shut, replace the latch mechanism. Even if the door latches fully, a problem with micro-switch in the door latch/switch assembly could keep the dishwasher from starting; in that case, replace the micro-switch.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door latch assembly

One reason a dishwasher won’t start could be a broken dishwasher latch assembly—the assembly includes the latch itself and a microswitch. You can replace the latch assembly yourself in about half an hour, following the steps in this repair guide and video.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher detergent dispenser

Replace the dishwasher detergent dispenser

Replace the detergent dispenser if it leaks or is physically cracked or broken. Another sign that you may need a detergent dispenser replacement is if it won't open properly during the dishwasher cycle. Additionally, if the latch on the dispenser is broken, consider replacing the entire dispenser assembly.

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

If the detergent dispenser in your dishwasher won’t open or is damaged, follow the 6 steps in this repair guide and video to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher control panel

Replace the dishwasher control panel

When the control panel, also called the control console, becomes visibly loose or damaged, replace it. A stuck button can also cause the dishwasher to become unresponsive. A light may flash constantly on the control panel when a button is stuck.

April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher control panel

If the dishwasher buttons stick or don't work, the dishwasher control panel could be the problem. This DIY repair guide shows you how to replace the control panel in just 30 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element if it's visibly broken or not heating properly. If the heating element isn't visibly broke, check for a wiring failure, control failure or a blown fuse in the heating circuit before replacing the heating element-those issues could also be responsible for the heating element not working properly.

October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher heating element

Your dishwasher gives some clear clues if the dishwasher's heating element stops working: the water doesn't get hot (no steamy kitchen) or your dishes don't dry. You can replace the heating element in less than an hour, following the steps in this DIY repair guide and video.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher electronic control board

Replace the dishwasher electronic control board

The electronic control board runs all dishwasher functions. If the electronic control board is getting voltage, but not operating properly, it should be replaced.

How to replace a dishwasher electronic control board

Because the electronic control board runs every stage of the dishwashing cycle, it's hard to know if the problem is the board or something it controls. If you or a repair technician determines the dishwasher control board is faulty, this repair guide and video show how to install a new one.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher outer door panel

Replace the dishwasher outer door panel

The outer door panel can be replaced if it is dented, or simply changed to match the color of other appliances in the kitchen.

April 1, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher door outer panel

A scratched or damaged dishwasher door outer panel can make the nicest of kitchens seem dingy and dated. This DIY repair guide shows you how to replace the outer door panel in 4 easy steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Replace the dishwasher door hinge

Replace the dishwasher door hinge

The dishwasher door hinge is attached to a spring. It pivots on a pin to allow the door to open and close in a controlled manner. If the door hinge is damaged, it won't allow the door to open and close properly. In that situation, replace the door hinge.

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: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
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: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor 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: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems

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 vent and fan assembly

If the control panel goes blank, the fan could be to blame. Replace the vent and fan assembly using these steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
How to replace a dishwasher circulation pump and motor assembly

When the spray arm won’t spray, you might need to replace the circulation pump and motor assembly. Here's how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
October 1, 2016
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a dishwasher water inlet valve

If your dishwasher fills constantly or won't fill at all, the water inlet valve has failed. You can replace it in about half an hour.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 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.

June 19, 2019

How to load a dishwasher video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find out where dishes should go, as well as what never to put in a dishwasher.

September 29, 2016

Dishwasher detergent cup not opening video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Overloading the detergent dispenser, using clumpy soap and a broken actuator are reasons why the dispenser won't open.

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!