The left (as you're facing it) hinge on the door of our 15 yr old Kitchenaid has loosened, causing the door to droop and making it difficult to roll out the lower basket. The loosening is behind the vertical section where the hinge bracket is stored when the door is closed. (is that clear???) There's an oval plastic insert through which the bracket passes that's also loose.
Can this be repaired? Or should we get ready to send this great old workhorse to the glue factory?
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Re: Older Kitchenaid Dishwasher door hinge
what you are describing is the door link. you can purchase the part and just replace them. they do get loose as they are just made out of plastic. if you can provide me with the model #, will give you the part # that you need.
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1. Place your hands at each end of the retainer trim piece that runs along the bottom of the dishwasher door panel. The piece may be metal, black plastic or another color, depending on your dishwasher model. Lift up on the retainer section and pull it toward you to remove it. Set the retainer aside.
2. Press the palms of both hands on the old facing and slide it down until the top is free. The facing flexes easily to allow you to slip it out from under the trim along each side.
3. Hold the replacement door panel, or reverse the old one, so that the desired color is facing you. Turn the panel, if needed, so the dimensions line up with the dishwasher door.
4. Slip the side of the facing into the left side of the frame on the dishwasher door.
5. Secure the other side of the facing into the right side of the dishwasher frame by bowing the panel gently and sliding it into the frame.
6. Slide the new facing up and into place so you can reposition the retainer.
7.Hold the new color panel and the spacer behind it up over the lower edge of the frame about 1/4 inch.
8. Snap the retainer into place. Push down on the horizontal piece gently to ensure it is securely connected.
9. Adjust the new panel down a bit with the palms of your hands to cover the 1/4-inch space.
Test the seal by dragging a strip of paper through it with door closed. Probably that left hinge isn't holding door close enough which was probably the original cause. As seal dries out a bit then will leak.
At this point I would investigate the hinge possibility AND if possible a DIY fix. It may be loose mounting screws or take a little shim to hold the left corner tighter. I would not waste money for a service call.
You probably might need to release the door balance springs accessable under the toe kick area while working on the door. Possibly a hinge is bent.
You might do as they do in the auto industry when a door doesn't fit... basically put forces on it to bend it a bit. In your case it would be to distribute the load and support the door when horizontal about 6 inches out from the left hinge and then bend the end of the door down to bend the hinge mounts slightly..
Then check the seal clearance with the strip of paper as you do with a refigerator seal by cloosing on a strip of paper and dragging the strip to see if it is gripped.
I took the door apart and found the degertent door solinoid looking like it over heated and melted to the cover flap and the insulation. See picture. I can't post pic as the max is 150kb.
I applied power and it only got hot and wouldn't operate.
Next I go to Kitchenaid for a replacement - FREE it should be.