Dishwasher wouldn't start because door wouldn't latch correctly. Detergent door would not close.

ApplianceKitchenAid Dishwasher


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Jeffrey From Bridgewater, NJ

Feb 25, 2013

This was for two separate problems. 1) Bad Latch - The dishwasher door wouldn't close properly due to a defective latch, sensing that the door was open. Pulled down the door. Removed 12 torx screws. This separates the inner and outer panels of the door allowing easy access to the latch part at the top-center of the door. Remove the old latch, disconnect two wires. Reconnect the wires to the new latch and snap bak in place. 2) Detergent door not closing - Hard water caused heavy mineral build up getting in the way of the closing mechanism on the detergent dispenser. The open-all-the-time detergent door caused all the detergent to rinse away during the pre-wash cycle. With the door slightly up and the inner panel separated from the previous repair, loosen and slide out the control buttons at the top of the door with your hands. This will allow you to pull up and remove the outer door panel to give you access to the six screws holding the detergent dispenser in place. Remove the screws and one wire from the dispenser. Remove the metal bracket and plastic flap to replace the dispenser. Reverse the instruction to put everything back in place.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Detergent Dispenser with Rinse Aid Cap (Now subbed to Detergent Dispenser)

Part Number: PS3500202

In Stock

Door Latch with Switch (Now subbed to Door Latch and Switch Assembly)

Part Number: PS3500830

In Stock