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PDW7880J10SS General Electric Dishwasher - Instructions

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The detergetn dispenser door hinge was broken.

  • Customer: Sara from Greenwood IN
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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I unscrewed the screws in the door of the dishwasher. Then pulled the inside part of the door up and unscrewed the 6 screws that held the dispenser. I am not sure the correct name of the part but it is on the backside of the dispenser and is red and it is where the wires connect to it, that was probably the most difficult part, disconnecting the plastic covers from the old dispenser. I used a butter knife to pop it out and then was able to get a better grip to pull them off. I pushed the wires on the new red thing and then put the new dispenser in place. You have to make sure that the dispenser is in the right spot and the brace on the underside of the inside part of the door, is in the correct place, otherwise, you will have a leak. Which is what happened to me. I just unscrewed and opened it again and screwed the screws tighter and it was fine.

Wheels on the bottom dish rack kept falling off

  • Customer: ROBERT from OAK ISLAND NC
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Bottom rack has 8 wheels to roll it in and out of the dishwasher for loading. Due to age and wear the wheels kept falling off when the rack was rolled. Snapped off the old wheels by hand, removed the original axle/stud and replaced with the new improved design. Just pushed it into the existing wheels and snapped back onto the rack and worked perfectly. Great inexpensive fix for an annoying problem in less than 5 minutes.

Wheels would not stay on bottom rac

  • Customer: Mildred from Milton Freewater OR
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Just took off old wheels and replaced with new wheels and studs. Very simple and news wheels work great.

Dishwasher door would not open

  • Customer: Brent from Gig Harbor WA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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Using a screw driver I unlatched the door allowing it to open. Removing the 12 or so screws on the inside panel of the door allowed access to the latching mechanism. Removing the broken door latch handle, I replaced it and the new spring. Reattaching the back panel by replacing the screws the job was done.

Heating element replacement

  • Customer: Robert from Plainfield IL
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver
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1. Pulled the dishwasher out. 2. Removed old element fasteners and leads. 3. Installed new element and reattached fasteners and leads. 4. Pushed back in. Very simple. More work getting the dishwasher out to be able to access than actually replacing the part. The dishwasher is running great again and saved me at least 100 dollars for a service call. . Your service was just outstanding. Received multiple emails on status of shipment and a nice video for replacing. Just outstanding customer service from Part Select.

Warp wheel locking mechanism

  • Customer: Rich from Delanco NJ
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Replaced the wheel locking mechanism on all eight wheels on the lower rack, no more wheels falling off. Real easy.

miss wheels

  • Customer: Martha from Fort Worth TX
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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It was amazingly easy repair. I just order the correct parts from “PartSelect” and installed them and done. It was fixed.

dishwasher would not run

  • Customer: mike from toms river NJ
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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Prior to starting, make sure power is off at unit by turning off breaker. Opened dishwasher and removed screws from back of door panel exposing switch. Remove screws holding switch in place. Removed electrical connections from switch and installed in reverse order of removal on new switch. Re-attached door panel and ran dishwasher cycle.

Standing Water in Dishwasher

  • Customer: Robert Kline from Mechanicsburg PA
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers, Wrench set
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My dishwasher being 12 years old had accumulated a fair amount of debris/muck in the sump area located near the back beneath a plastic cage. I removed the cage and cleaned out the sump area. That solved the standing water issue for about two months and then it returned but this time the water depth was about 4 inches compared to an inch. I then changed out the "piston and nut assembly" which is a very easy repair but in my case didn't fix the problem. I then replaced the "check flapper valve" (ie check valve) located in the back and underneath where the drain line connects. That solved the problem and it is working better than it has for years. In doing this repair, one must disconnect the drain line. In so doing, I noticed the drain line was completely clogged for a distance of 12-18 inches where it connects to the garbage disposal. It took me 20 minutes to clean out the drain line. So there were probably several issues, all involving debris/muck buildup and a failed check valve that caused the standing water problem. My advice, since parts are relatively cheap, is to purchase the 1) piston and nut assembly, 2) flapper check valve, and 3) drain line if your dishwasher is fairly old or is used hard. You also will need to clean out the sump area by removing the trash rack cage. Replacing the flapper check valve is the most involved, so you may want to do the other things first to see if they solve the problem and then tackle replacement of the flapper check valve and drain line. By the way, GE parts blow-up diagrams don't even show or list the flapper check valve part. I won't have known about it if it wasn't for a post by someone else on this website. My flapper check valve was slightly torn at the hinge preventing it from seating properly. NOTE that the replacement valve was a bit oversized (it did not have the same diameter as the old valve)for the drain line opening for my particular model and it took some careful finesse to get it to stay in position while replacing the threaded cap that holds it into place. So don't be discouraged if it takes a few attempts to get it to stay in place and oriented properly when replacing the cap. The hinge should be at the top and the word "OUT" shown on the valve being visible (facing away from the dishwasher). This particular fix would be very much helped by an instructional video by this website. I am mechanically inclined so it was easy for me to figure it out but that might not be the case with others.

Installation video

  • Customer: Charles from Walnut Creek CA
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Time to Complete: 1- 2 hours
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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removed front panel and replaced new part. Timer did not work because plug kept disconnecting. Called GE service and watched him remove panel without removing control panel. Plug for timer can be installed easily and front panel replaced without disturbing cable.

Dishwasher would not dry dishes

  • Customer: Kevin from De Soto KS
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 30 - 60 mins
  • Tools Required: Nutdriver, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)
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The quiet power 3 has the heating element in the back, so remove the screws holding the unit in place. Remove the bottom cover and disconnect the water inlet pipe, (after turning off the water of course). Discard the copper tubing if applicable, and pull dishwasher out until you can tilt it forward. Unsrew the plastic nuts and remove the wires for the element. Test the old one to make sure that you need to replace it. When sure of the problem reinstall in the reverse order. Replace the copper with stainless steel braided line and test.

Detergent dispenser would not latch

  • Customer: Michael from Ocala FL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: 15 - 30 mins
  • Tools Required: Screw drivers
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Repairs do not get any easier than this. Remove 12 screws to disassemble door panel (be careful not to let front panel of assembly to drop or bend when screws release it). Remove 6 screws to remove old detergent dispenser. Unplug cable from old dispenser. Connect cable to new dispenser. Install new dispenser into door with 6 screws and then reassemble door panel with 12 screws making sure to keep all wiring free from pressure points.

Old rinse aid cap melted by heating element

  • Customer: Eric from Stephens City VA
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Simply screwed in the new rinse aid cap to replace the old one

Upper Rack difficult to open

  • Customer: Dan from Oak Ridge NC
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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The initial problem was that the top rack was difficult to slide out. I purchased a new set of upper rollers. In order to remove the roller you must slide it off the rail. To do this, you must first remove the end cap. I broke the end original end cap trying to do this. The new roller installation was simple. So was the installation of the new end cap. Simply press it on.

Lower dishrack wheels popped of and melted. Hence replacements needed.

  • Customer: Ingrid from Flossmoor IL
  • Difficulty: Really easy
  • Time to Complete: Less than 15 mins
  • Tools Required:
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Snapped axle into wheel. Slid wheel onto wheel peg of lower dishrack. Snapped wheel onto rack. No tools required. Like these wheels better than original.
All Instructions for the PDW7880J10SS
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