Level of DifficultyReally easy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
This is the second time in 8 years that the latch handle broke. Its made of plastic and that is obviously why its not very sturdy. Since its a part that is used every time you latch the door shut to do a wash load it could have been better designed.
Using a torque screw driver I separated the back inside panel on the door from the front panel. The latch assembly was immediately freed since two of the screws that hold the top of the panel also hold the latch assembly on. I separated the left and right wires from the latch by pulling the wire sockets away from the latch. There are some detents that have to be pushed since they hold the wire caps on. removed the latch assembly and replaced it with the new assembly. Plugged the wire caps back into the new assembly, replaced the rear panel back on to the front panel and screwed all of the perimeter screws back in. when working with the latch assembly use something to keep the front and rear panels separated so that they don't snap shut while your working. Very easy repair and one that can save you a ton of money.