Hi. The part that connects the door hinges of my dishwasher to the springs that make it open slowly (i.e. without crashing to the floor!) have broken. I am sourcing the parts to fix it, but looking inside the side panel I'm not sure where to reattach the springs - there doesn't seem to be any logical place for the top end of the spring to hook on to. Is there a diagram available to show me how the spring mechanism sits?
Thanks for your help.
First of all, it's probably not the door spring, but the hinge cable
that's broken. It's essentially a rope with plastic connectors that
hook the spring to the hinge. Go ahead and order two new hinges and two
hinge cables and replace them all while you're at it. You'll have to
pull the dishwasher out by removing the two upper screws in the counter,
and the two lower screws in the kickplate. If yours is like mine,
it'll also be necessary to shorten the legs to scoot it out. Then,
remove the side panels by taking the screws out of the front and back
sides - don't miss the one at the bottom. About 2/3 up the front edge, there's a little metal catch that has a slot in it. Hook the top of your spring into that, and hook the lower end into one end of the hinge cable (rope). Loop the rope through the pulley and hook the other end on the hinge.
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sounds like the hinges were bent, can try to straighten them out, you may need to disassemble door panel. Hope that helped.
You can try the ole faithful knucklehead approach(which I have done in the past, without much success, but I felt better) by
giving the door a bit of an upward yank? try not to yank hard enough to lift the washer off the floor or break it. Either way we know what caused the problem, so it will be with the hinges bent or broken. Hope this helped Tim
You will need to pull the dishwasher out about 12" to 18" to be able to get to the springs & rope links. Many dishwashers use a "rope link" to connect between the spring and the door hinge; and in others, the door springs connect directly to the door hinges. Once you pull the dishwasher out, you will easily see what broke and what you need to fixe it.
a door spring or the linkage that goes to the door is loose or broken on one side. pull the dishwasher out of the cabinet partway so you can see the where the door hinges are. you should be able to see what the problem is. compare both sides, one will be ok the other will not be tied to the spring.
tHE DOOR SPRINGS ARE BROKEN. IF YOU HAVE DROPPED THE DOOR TOO MANY TIMES THE HINGES MIGHT BE BENT TOO. yOU WILL PROBABLY NEED HINGES AND SPRINGS....A bit of a job for a novice....like my capitals sorry about that.......
broken door cord. remove side panels and relace. this is a cheap and easy fit. make sure you replace both sides at the same time, you will most likely find it is only one side broken at this stage, but the cords do not last very long.<!-- from fixya rte -->
Hello- Parts are available locally at app. parts store. Need complete model #. Usually have to pull out unit to install. Replace both sides. There will be a spring, sometimes with a cord to pull door up. Either part can break, so get both. Not easy, but you can save a bit by doin it yourself. Hope this helps. -Thanks- ED
If your dishwasher
door is not closing properly or has developed a leak, it may be time to
replace the entire door assembly. Some other signs of a defective door
include sagging, difficulty pulling the door back up into a closed
position and a door that feels heavier as it drops open. Replacing a
dishwasher door is not that hard, but includes several springs and
hinges that must be aligned correctly or the door will not fit
correctly in the opening.
the dishwasher and shut off the water before attempting to remove any
parts. If you cannot reach the electrical outlet, you can turn off the
breaker switch that controls the electricity for the kitchen. Remove
the drain hose that runs from the dishwasher unit to the sink drain.
the dishwasher out from the cabinet until you have clear access to the
side of the unit. Ask a friend for help with this part if the unit is
too heavy for you to slide out without straining your back.
your dishwasher's owner's manual to find out exactly how the outer door
panels are removed. Some models have a two-panel door where the control
panel must be removed before the lower panel will come off. Otherwise,
the door panel should be one solid piece or a two-piece assembly that
allows the lower section to be removed separately to access the springs
the springs at the bottom of the door. Depending on the type of
dishwasher you have, there may be a tension adjustment dial or simply a
series of holes at different distances from the edge of the unit. If
you have a tension controller, adjust it to a loose setting to make it
easier to remove the door springs. Unhook the door springs from the
hinge plate. Some dishwashers
may have a cable and pulley system attached to the door springs. Check
your owner's manual for removal instructions if this is the case with
pliers to gently pull back on the door hinge plate's tab until the slot
opens for the hinge pin to come out. Take out the screws holding the
door hinge plate onto the front of the door panel. Hold onto the door
assembly while gradually opening the door. Once the door drops down,
you should be able to remove it by sliding the door off the hinge pinAlways wear safety glasses when working with the springs and hinges
involved with a dishwasher door assembly. These items can fly off at
high speed and cause serious injury to the eye.