Latch handle broken, miserable to open and close

ApplianceMaytag Dishwasher

ModelMDB8600AWB

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years

Tools

Dave From Fairport, NY

Jan 15, 2008

1 out of 1 people found this instruction helpful

First, I was blown away by the speed at which the part arrived. Kudos! The quality is exceptional. The repair itself is extremely straightforward. If you are not the handy type, it's still simple, but please shut off the breaker to ensure no power is going to the dishwasher.

I used a power screwdriver fitted with a T-20 Torx bit and unscrewed all the screws holding the inner door liner on. The handle is held in place by the center two screws at the top of the door. Once the screws were removed, I propped the inner panel up with a short PVC tube (anything non-conductive and about 6" long will work fine). I pulled the old handle out, noting which color wires went to which side of the handle. Note the power connectors are firmly attached due to the inward angle of the power leads on the switch. This makes them seem difficult to remove. They are not. Do NOT use pliers or other tools, you risk crushing the power connectors! Firmly grasp the connector and pull straight back, wiggling it slightly if needed. When the connector is free, immediately attach it to the correct side of the new handle. Unless you've shut the power off, these leads are LIVE. Pay attention to what you're doing. Once both connectors have been transferred to the new handle, position the handle correctly, ensuring the screw holes line up with the inner panel. Insert these two screws first but do not snug them down. Insert the rest of the screws, ensuring the inner panel is properly seated and all the screws line up correctly and are not cross-threaded. Tighten down all the screws and you're back in business.

My wife and I have both noted, as others here have, that this replacement handle feels significantly better than the original.

The repair is very straightforward, quick, and easy. Enjoy!

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Latch Handle (Now subbed to Door Handle and Latch Assembly with Switches)

Part Number: PS2180047

$23.96
In Stock