Broken door spring, resulting in the door crashing down if you let it go

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Screw drivers

Michael From Boulder, CO

Aug 01, 2012

An easy job. One spring was broken, but I replaced both while I was at it. Take off the two lower front panels by undoing the retaining screws accessible from the front of the dishwasher. With the door closed, you can see the brackets attached to the door on either side, with a hole at the end of each for the spring. The base of the dishwasher frame has a toothed rack to take the other end of the spring. The further back you put the spring on the rack, the more tension you have on the spring(s) to keep the door closed. Hooking the spring first on the door bracket and then on the base rack, with a bit of muscle (but not too much needed), completes the repair. The longer straight end of the spring attaches to the door, the shorter straight end to the rack. Check on the door opening and closing, to make sure the tension is satisfactory, before reattaching the panels.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Door Spring

Part Number: PS402429

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