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Re: Door handle broke
.with a little luck you can try jiggling it for a while youmight get it ot pop open, if not youll needs to remove it from under counter. its held under countertop by 2 phillips screws (dropping the adjustmendt legs under unit will give you additional clearance to acess the screw head. after sliding d/w foward only 3 or three inches you gain acesss to the strike plate thats locking your latch. youll need to replace door latch and/or handle.
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You have not put the full Enr, but from the bit you have added I assume you are in the states. I think you should be able to get parts from http://www.searspartsdirect.com
Usually if the control panel breaks on this model, it is because you have the child lock activated on the door latch inadvertently and therefore have to force the door to get it open. This in turn puts stress on the panel which will eventually break. When you get the new panel ensure that you remove the child lock from the door latch. If you take off the front fascia panel and look at the door latch (centre top) you will see a yellow lever attached to it with a spring, just pop this off and you will immediately find that the door is much easier to open. All the best.
to release the door lock you have to pull the outer door and inner door away from each other at the top. if you have a wood panel, pull the handle of the wood panel away from the stainless steel inner door panel. you will notice the outer door panel will move out about a quarter inch. you will then hear the latch pop open. once you do that, close the door and select your cycle as usual.
The idea is to lift up on the part of the latch that is fixed to the body of the washer. The door part of the latch slides under this peice. If the handle mechanism is broken, it will not depres the door part of the latch to allow it to open. therefore, we have to pickup the latch part fixed to the body.
To get the door open, take a clothes hanger and cut off a 12" peice with a pair of pliers. Bend the last 1.25" at 90 degress angle. Make another bend about 4 " from that to make another 90 degree angle. This will give you leverage. Insert the first bent end between the top of the door and the counter. Rotate it so that the end is facing down. Feel for a metal plate. When you hit the plate with the probe, turn your hanger so that it lifts up the plate and simultaneously pull on the door handle. The door should come open.
Now you have to get the handle repaired, but at least you know how to open the door.
The door interlock switch is jammed in the closed position.
There is a metal tab on the inside top of the DW frame that engages a lock just behind the handle on the inside of the unit. The lock tells the machine the door is closed and it is OK to run. If that jams the unit thinks the door is closed.
Open the door.
Look for the latch inside the door behind the handle.
Try to release it with a screwdriver.
If you need to you can remove the handle and repair from inside. It is usually a simple jam that requires you to gently pry the latch open.
REMEMBER TO TURN THE POWER OFF FIRST.
Hope this helps. Please rate this if it helps you.
YOU HAVE ELIMINATED THE EASY WAYS, ARE YOU PLANNING ON REPLACING IT OR REPAIR, IF REPAIR CALL A TECH. IF REPLACE, THE LOCK MECHANISM IS AT THE TOP CENTER OF BODY. ACCESS WOULD REQUIRE REMOVAL OF D/W, AND ASSOCIATED CLEAN UP OF THE WATER LEFT. JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE BREAKABLE DISHES INSIDE. WHEN YOU PROCEED. YOU MAY UNPLUG AND REMOVE THE SIDE SCREWS AND SEE WHAT IS EXPOSED WHEN YOU REMOVE THE BLANK FRONT METAL PIECE.
You will have to remove the mounting screws holding the dishwasher in place. Then pull the dishwasher out of the space a couple inches. You can then activate the door catch from the top to open the dishwasher. Once you have it open, You will have to open the control panel by removing the 6 screws across the top inside of the door. You can then examine the door latch assembly to find out what part is at fault.
I removed the inner door panel and found the handle broken. It has integrally molded plastic pins that provide a pivot for the handle to push against the release assembly. These were broken off. Also noticed that there were some small fingers molded on the back of the switch panel that were snapped off. I'm not sure what these are for and I can't see how they are needed for the latch operation. My hunch is that they aid in positioning the handle during factory assembly. I'm NOT going to buy a new switch panel to replace these!
I don't know why the handle broke but it did so in stages. I think one pin broke, and then everything else broke because of added misalignment and stress. The good news: a new handle only costs about $10 and I'll have it in a couple of days.