Latch broke

ApplianceMaytag Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair15 - 30 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools Nutdriver

Dan From Newcastle, CA

Mar 11, 2009

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Well, first I took the screws off of the door. Inside the door was the latch. It was broken. I decided to put a new latch in there. But the interesting part is what we did while we waited for the new part to come. Since the latch was broken, I set it to the closed position by poking it with a screwdriver. Then I tucked the broken latch down inside the door out of the way. So essentially the dishwasher thought that the door was always closed. This would work fine for a while, except after a few days it would stop working. I think that the dishwasher might have thought that noone was taking the clean dishes out, and it decided that they must be pretty clean after about 20 wash cycles. I dont know for sure because it wasnt really talking. It might have been upset with me for tricking it, I'm not sure. But anyway, we had to put a towel on the floor cuz the door would leak a little bit without a proper latch. Also, we would have to unplug it when it stopped working. This would reset it and it would think that it was in a brand new home, washing dishes for a new family. It would happily do this until, once again, the door thingy. Maybe it felt as if, becuase we never took the dishes out, that we did not appreciate its efforts to clean our dishes. Or, maybe, it thought that we were on vacation. We did consider getting a new dishwasher, but, its has been a good dishwaher, except that the latch is on the 3rd redesign that I am aware of. The latest redesign uses a rotating mechanism that is more gentle than the previous snapping mechanism. While, we were waiting for the new part I had a birthday. I got ballons and a card, and we went out to dinner. The hose on the dishwasher I have always thought is a little thin, but its hasnt leaked yet. So the new latch mechanism is better. The first redesign made the parts stonger but it still put a lot of strain on the latch because of the snapping action. Rotation is much better, it may even utilize a cam-over geometry, Im not sure. But we did get some new dishes too in the meantime. I dont know if that made any difference. Cus ya know the impact energy can impart a much higher strain, possibly exceeding the yield strength, whereas the cam-over geometry can be limted and precicely controlled. Then I when I got the new latch, I put it in the door the way it is supposed to go. Then I put the screws on.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Handle and Latch Assembly with Switches

Part Number: PS2180046

In Stock