Dishwasher: Other symptoms

If you didn't see your dishwasher's problem on the main list of symptoms, you might find what you're looking for here. Below are instructions for fixing the door spring if the door drops open too fast, for replacing the detergent dispenser if it's not releasing the dish detergent, and more.

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These repairs may help solve your Dishwasher problem:

Replace the dishwasher door hinge spring

Door hinge spring

A door hinge spring attaches to each side of the dishwasher door hinges. The door springs provides tension when the dishwasher door opens so it doesn't drop down too quickly. If a spring is broken, the door drops without control, and the door springs need to be replaced. Replace both springs so the sides have equal tension.

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Replace the dishwasher door latch assembly

Door latch assembly

The dishwasher won't start if the door isn't completely shut and latched. If the door doesn't latch shut, replace the latch mechanism. Even if the door latches fully, a problem with micro-switch in the door latch/switch assembly could keep the dishwasher from starting; in that case, replace the micro-switch.

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Replace the dishwasher detergent dispenser

Detergent dispenser

Replace the detergent dispenser if it leaks or is physically cracked or broken. Another sign that you may need a detergent dispenser replacement is if it won't open properly during the dishwasher cycle. Additionally, if the latch on the dispenser is broken, consider replacing the entire dispenser assembly.

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Replace the dishwasher control panel

Control panel

When the control panel, also called the control console, becomes visibly loose or damaged, replace it. A stuck button can also cause the dishwasher to become unresponsive. A light may flash constantly on the control panel when a button is stuck.

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Replace the dishwasher heating element

Heating element

Replace the dishwasher heating element if it's visibly broken or not heating properly. If the heating element isn't visibly broke, check for a wiring failure, control failure or a blown fuse in the heating circuit before replacing the heating element—those issues could also be responsible for the heating element not working properly.

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Replace the dishwasher electronic control board

Electronic control board

The electronic control board runs all dishwasher functions. If the electronic control board is getting voltage, but not operating properly, it should be replaced.

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Replace the dishwasher outer door panel

Outer door panel

The outer door panel can be replaced if it is dented, or simply changed to match the color of other appliances in the kitchen.

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Replace the dishwasher door hinge

Door hinge

The dishwasher door hinge is attached to a spring. It pivots on a pin to allow the door to open and close in a controlled manner. If the door hinge is damaged, it won't allow the door to open and close properly. In that situation, replace the door hinge.

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