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 replacement 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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Dishwasher outer door panel

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Torx screwdriver

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

Step 1: 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.

Step 2: 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.

 Tip: The screws are usually a T10 or T15 Torx head screw. The number and location of screws vary by model.

 Tip: You might need to loosen the screws that secure the control panel at the top of the door, but usually don't have to remove them.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.