Question about Dishwashers
I have the broken spring, and I know one end attaches to the hinge. Where does the other end attach?
Kitchenaid should be made to recall all of these dishwashers that have that string holding door since it could pose a hazzard to children. They should be made to put in a metal cable at no cost to the consumer
Posted on Jan 29, 2011
In the past 5 years I have had this problem 3 or four times. I realized the week point in the link is the nylon connector that connects the cord to the DW door. I did fix it myself many times using a similar piece of nylon cord, as suggested by the comment written on Sep05 08, but I found that with the parts tension and friction the cord eventually breaks again. That's why there are nylon connectors in the original link. I even made my own link using a nut as the link. It can be a good temporary solution until you get the original link though. In my case the original P/N# is 8194001. Look for that or "Dishwasher Link" on Google Shopping or eBay.
Posted on Jan 10, 2010
I am glad to see this problem is quite common and Kitchenaid is doing very little in the customer satisfaction department. I agree it is a hazard especially if you have small children running around. Seems very dangerous with that heavy door. This is the 2nd time mine snapped. The first time I was charged $200.00 for someone to come fix it. Now it happened again. I emailed Kitchenaid and they are useless. I would never buy a Kitchenaid Product ever again. Live and learn.
Posted on May 30, 2012
Posted on May 30, 2008
Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs. Before repairing the door springs, unplug the dishwasher or shut off the power at the fuse box or breaker panel to avoid an electrical shock hazard.
The door opens and closes with the aid of springs. If the springs (or the cables that connect them on some dishwashers) break, the door will drop open hard. The door will also be heavier when closing. If the door drops open, it may also bend the door hinges out of shape resulting in a door that does not close properly and possibly leaks.
When replacing the springs or cables, all of them should be replaced at the same time.
To access the door springs and cables remove the lower panel located beneath the door. The panel is usually held in place with two screws either above or below the panel. It may be necessary to first open the door to the dishwasher to get to the screws over the panel, then close the door to remove the panel.
There are two common types of spring assemblies. One type connects the springs from a hook on the dishwasher cabinet of to a tang on the door hinge .
Posted on May 07, 2008
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