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Can't open Dishwasher door

Hi, The handle mechinism to open the dishwasher has come loose and I can't open the door. I believe the spring either needs to be reconnected or replaced, but to do that I need to get into the dishwasher. Is there another way to open the door?

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  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2008

    I've had this happen three times to my dishwasher in that last five years.

    The plastic front handle has a little tab that breaks off very easily. This tab holds the spring mechanism. I have a KUDS24SE (not sure what the difference the "R" makes). The handle replacement part is 9743904 on my dishwasher, about $30.

    I watched the repairman do it enough where I'm going to attempt it myself next time. The basic steps are to remove the front bezels, then stick a screwdriver up near the handle to gently pry open the metal latch mechanism and open the dishwasher. This part is really tricky, the repair guys struggle with it too. Once you have the dishwasher open, you remove the screws holding on the button/electronics. You'll also have to remove the circuit board to get access to the handle. When you do this, you should also be careful not to lose the small spring, and find the plastic piece that broke off so it doesn't get caught in your dishwasher. Put the new handle it, attach the spring to the handle and the latch, and then put the circuit board back in place. Test it to make sure it opens properly (you'll probably have to screw back in the button panel with a couple of screws first). Then put everything back together.

    Now, that said, I haven't actually done this myself yet! I only watched! I had an appliance guy replace the handle this morning so this is fairly fresh in my head.

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Same here!

Posted on Jul 11, 2008


SOURCE: Kitchenaid Dishwasher Latch Broken

GET A FLAT HEAD SCREWDRIVER TRY TO PUSH THE LATCH TO OPEN THE DOOR...

Posted on Nov 02, 2008

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I just had this problem (or should I say, finally had the time to deal with it). Google searches revealed different ways to get the door open including repairmen with crowbars (causing replacement of the entire control assembly $$$), having to back out the top screws that hold the dishwasher in place (and to the top of the counter) with pliers, then moving the dishwasher out from the counter.

Nuts to all that.

First things first. Turn OFF the power to the dishwasher.

I wound up on my back first watching how the handle moved and which side seemed to be loose, in my case the right side was moving freely. After first trying to hold the handle in the "down" position with a springhook (to no avail) I wound up biasing the handle to the right (with a screwdriver inserted on the left side of the handle) while moving the handle in the "operate" direction. Suddenly (and without warning) the entire handle assembly moved to the right and created an opening that made it simple to stick a screwdriver up to operate the latch manually.

Four screws later the control panel was out, the offending broken handle assembly was in my hands to discover that they could have easily made the little tabs the hold the handle in place a whole lot sturdier, but let's not go there...

If I had to do the whole thing again it would have taken me less than 5 minutes to open it up I'm sure. Now to simply order the part and install it when it arrives. The best part is we can still run the dishwasher until it gets here!


Posted on Dec 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Dishwasher door won't open, latch seems broken

Hello, I read your comment. If the latch is broken, then I suggest first of all disconect the electricity from the dishwasher. You may want to try using a small screwdriver and insert it where the latch is to activate the opening mechanism. If it doesnt open, then there are two options, I suggest to call the technical service to replace the door with a new latch.

Hope I have been of help.

Regards Nevd ´ll fixya.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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There should be a slot for an allen rench on the under side of the handle that will tighten the handle up.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009

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SOURCE: loose door handle on bosch integra ltd. dishwasher

you can loosen the inside of the door with a small torx screwdriver and lift it up far enough to get to the screw that holds the handle from the inside. I did this with mine about 1 year ago.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

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