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How do I replace a Door Outer Panel in a Dishwasher?

During the drying cycle, the vent opening at the bottom of the dishwasher door allows the fan to get hot, moist air out of the dishwasher. If the vent doesn't open or the fan doesn't run, the dishes won't dry. The dishwasher stops in the middle of the cycle if the fan fails and the control panel goes blank. If the fan or vent fails, replace it with a new one.

If the detergent dispensers are cracked or leaking, replace them. If the detergent dispensers don't open properly during the dishwasher cycle, you may need a replacement. The entire dispenser assembly should be replaced if the latch is broken.

The dishwasher door hinges are attached to the spring. The door can be opened and closed in a controlled manner with the pivot on a pin. The door won't open and close properly if the door hinge is damaged. The door hinge should be replaced in that situation.

The dishwasher drain pump should be replaced if it's cracked or damaged. Make sure the drain path is not blocked before you replace it. The drain pump will fail if the drain path is clear. If the drain pump won't run, it's time to replace it.

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off electrical power and water supply to the dishwasher.

    If you want to completely cut off electrical power to the dishwasher, you can flip the house circuit breaker switch to the Off position. Make sure the control panel can't be turned on if power is disconnected. The dishwasher has a water supply valve. Shut off the water supply to the dishwasher.

  2. Remove the bottom front access panel and toe panel.

    The screws that hold the front access panel in place can be removed with a 1/2-inch nut driver. Remove the access panel and the toe panel and put them away.

  3. Pull out the dishwasher.

    There is a junction box at the front of the dishwasher. The wires need to be disconnected from the junction box. The dishwasher is secured in the cabinet opening with 2 mounting screws. From under the counter, pull the dishwasher out. If you don't have enough slack in the water supply line and the drain hose, you won't be able to pull the dishwasher in front of the counter. If you have enough slack in the electrical supply wiring, you can pull out the dishwasher.

  4. Remove the springs.

    There is a door on the dishwasher. The position of the spring on the front and rear brackets can be seen if the spring is intact. The proper opening-closing tension should be provided by the new tension spring. Release the spring with pliers. Remove the door spring from the dishwasher. The dishwasher has a spring on the other side. There is tension in the spring. Caution should be used when releasing the spring because it can snap and hit your hand.

  5. Attach the new springs.

    Attach the new springs to the hinges the same way they were installed. Place the springs on the brackets at the back of the dishwasher using pliers.

  6. Reinstall the dishwasher.

    Push the dishwasher under the counter. Remove the junction box cover and connect the wires to the junction box. Attach the dishwasher to the counter with mounting brackets and tighten the screws. The access panel should be positioned in front of the toe panel on the dishwasher. The screws need to be inserted and tightened firmly. Refer to the dishwasher's installation manual for more information.

  7. Restore the water supply and electrical power.

    To restore the water supply to the dishwasher, open the water supply valve. The house circuit breaker needs to be reset. Check the dishwasher for leaks. It's a good idea to check the dishwasher seals for leaks.

  8. Shut off electrical power.

    The dishwasher's electrical power can be disconnected by flipping the house circuit breaker switch to the Off position. Make sure the control panel can't be used to turn on the power.

  9. Remove the outer door panel.

    (not-been-paraphrased) Remove the Torx screws on the inner dishwasher door panel that hold the outer door panel in place. Support the outer door panel with one hand as you remove the final 2 screws so it doesn't fall. Carefully lower and remove the dishwasher door outer panel and set the panel aside for disposal.

  1. Attach the new outer door panel.

    Attach the outer panel to the door with two screws. Put the rest of the screws in. They need to be tightened another quarter turn so that they're firm. The door panel can be damaged if the screws are overtight. If you need a help to hold the new door panel in place, you should use a couple screws to hold the panel in place.

  2. Restore electrical power.

    The On position is where the house circuit breaker switch should be flipped. After you restore electricity the dishwasher display should light up. The dishwasher buttons need to be tested.

  3. Shut off electrical power.

    Shut off the house circuit breaker if you want to unplug the dishwasher. The control panel should not light up if you press a control button or the power button.

  4. Remove the outer door panel and control panel.

    The outer door panel doesn't fall if you remove the final 2 screws from the inner door panel. The outer door panel should be separated from the inner door panel and the control panel should be disconnected. Remove the outer door panel and control panel.

  5. Remove the bottom front access panel and toe panel.

    The screws that hold the toe panel in place should be removed using a nut driver. The access panel and the toe panel need to be removed.

  6. Remove the drain pump.

    Put a towel under the drain pump. If necessary, use channel-lock pliers to squeeze the wire hose that holds the drain hose on the drain pump. The drain pump has a drain hose. The drain pump has a wire harness on it. Press down on the locking tab and the pump will turn clockwise to pull it out. The towel should be removed. Pull the dishwasher out from under the counter if you can't access the drain hose and pump. Refer to the dishwasher installation manual as a guide.

  7. Install the new drain pump.

    To prevent leaks, Lubricate the O-ring water seal on the new drain pump with a light coat of rinse aid. The locking tab will snap into place if the new drain pump is inserted in the sump opening. The wire harness needs to be plugged into the drain pump receptacle. Attach the drain hose to the drain pump. The drain pump outlet has a drain hose on it.

  8. Reinstall the bottom front access panel and toe panel.

    Put the access panel in front of the toe panel on the dishwasher. Put the screws in and tighten them.

  9. Reinstall the outer door panel and control panel.

    If you want to connect the user interface control wire harness, position the outer door panel and control panel close to the inner door. Attach the outer door panel and control panel to the inner door panel by connecting the user interface control wire harness. The mounting screws need to be reinstalled. The longer screws can be used to secure the control panel.

  10. Restore electrical power.

    Plug in the dishwasher or reset the house circuit breaker.

  11. Shut off electrical power and water supply to the dishwasher.

    If you want to completely cut off electrical power to the dishwasher, you can flip the house circuit breaker switch to the Off position. Make sure the control panel can't be turned on if power is disconnected. The dishwasher has a water supply valve. Shut off the water supply to the dishwasher.

  12. Remove the bottom front access panel and toe panel.

    The screws that hold the front access panel in place can be removed with a 1/2-inch nut driver. Remove the access panel and the toe panel and put them away. Refer to your installation manual for more information on removing the toe panel.

  13. Pull out the dishwasher.

    There is a junction box at the front of the dishwasher. The wires need to be disconnected from the junction box. The dishwasher is secured in the cabinet opening with 2 mounting screws. From under the counter, pull the dishwasher out. If you don't have enough slack in the water supply line and the drain hose, you won't be able to pull the dishwasher in front of the counter. If you have enough slack in the electrical supply wiring, you can pull out the dishwasher without connecting the wires.

  14. Disconnect the drain hose from the drain pump.

    If you have to use pliers, reach under the dishwasher and squeeze the wire hose clamp that holds the drain hose to the drain pump. The drain pump has a drain hose on it. To absorb water from the drain hose, place a towel under the drain pump.

  15. Remove the drain hose from the water inlet assembly.

    The plastic nut that secures the water inlet assembly can be removed with a pair of channel lock pliers. The dishwasher tub has a drain hose on the left side. Pull the water inlet assembly out.

  16. Disconnect the drain hose from the drain line to the sink.

    The dishwasher drain hose that goes to the drain pump should be separated from the kitchen sink drain hose. Take the drain hose out of the dishwasher. To remove the drain hose, use pliers.

  17. Connect the new drain hose.

    Attach the dishwasher drain hose to the drain pump, carefully working the hose onto the drain pump outlet and onto the connection to make sure it doesn't leak. Attach it with the wire hose clamps. The original drain hose was routed through the water inlet brackets. Attach your newly installed drain hose to the portion of the drain hose that goes to the kitchen sink drain. Make sure the connection is safe. The drain hose needs to fit tightly on the drain pump. It usually requires a lot of force to get the drain hose onto the drain pump outlet.

  18. Reinstall the water inlet bracket.

    You can screw the plastic nut onto the plastic nut from the inside of the tub if you position the water inlet brackets on the side of the tub. Attach the plastic nut to the water inlet. Carefully tighten the nut and you will be able to seal the inlet. The plastic nut or the tub can be cracked if you overtighten the nut.

  19. Reinstall the dishwasher.

    The dishwasher needs to be pushed under the counter. Remove the junction box cover and connect the wires to the junction box. The access panel and toe panel should be replaced. Attach the dishwasher to the counter with mounting brackets and tighten the screws. The access panel should be positioned in front of the toe panel on the dishwasher. The screws need to be inserted and tightened firmly. Refer to the dishwasher's installation guide for more information.

  20. Restore the water supply and electrical power.

    To get the water supply back to the dishwasher, open the water supply valve. The circuit breaker needs to be reset.

  21. Shut off electrical power.

    Shut off the house circuit breaker if you want to unplug the dishwasher. The control panel should not light up if you press a control button or the power button. skip step 5 if you want to confirm the problem with the fan. The fan is the problem if the control panel lights up.

  22. Remove the door vent grille.

    You can open the dishwasher door. Carefully push the vent grille to release and remove it with a slot screwdriver.

  23. Remove the outer door panel and control panel.

    The dishwasher door can be opened by removing the screws from the inner door panel. The outer door panel needs to be supported with one hand as you remove the last 2 screws. The outer door panel should be separated from the inner door panel and the control panel should be disconnected from the control panel. Remove the outer door panel.

  24. Remove the vent and fan assembly.

    The wire harness needs to be removed from the vent and fan. Pull the vent and fan assembly from the dishwasher door after releasing the mounting clips.

  25. Install the new vent and fan assembly.

    Attach the vent and fan assembly to the duct. Attach the clips on the door to the vent and fan assembly. The new vent and fan assembly needs to be connected to the fan and vent wire harnesses.

  26. Reinstall the outer door panel and control panel.

    If you want to connect the user interface control wire harness, position the outer door panel and control panel close to the inner door. Attach the outer door panel and control panel to the inner door panel by connecting the user interface control wire harness. The mounting screws need to be reinstalled. The longer screws can be used to secure the control panel.

  27. Reinstall the door vent grille.

    You can open the dishwasher door. To lock the vent grill in place, push the door vent grille into the opening and rotating the vent grille clockwise. The vent grille needs to be pushed with a slot screwdriver.

  28. Restore electrical power.

    Plug in the dishwasher or reset the house circuit breaker.

  29. Shut off electrical power.

    Shut off the house circuit breaker if you want to unplug the dishwasher. The control panel should not light up if you press a control button or the power button.

  30. Remove the outer door panel and control panel.

    The dishwasher door can be opened with the removal of the screws from the inner door panel. The outer door panel needs to be supported with one hand as you remove the last two screws. The outer door panel should be separated from the inner door panel and the control panel should be disconnected. Remove the outer door panel and control panel.

  31. Remove the dispenser.

    There is a wire harness in the inner door. Pull off the mounting brackets and they will hang by the wire harness. Pull the dispensers out of the door by releasing the locking tabs.

  32. Install the new dispenser.

    Lock the tabs when you insert the new dispensers. Attach the mount to the screws by re-installing it. The dispensers have a wire harness.

  33. Reinstall the outer door panel and control panel.

    If you want to connect the user interface control wire harness, position the outer door panel and control panel close to the inner door. Attach the outer door panel and control panel to the inner door panel by connecting the user interface control wire harness. The mounting screws need to be reinstalled. The longer screws can be used to secure the control panel.

  34. Restore electrical power.

    Plug in the dishwasher or reset the house circuit breaker.

Time required: 30 minutes.

You would need the following tools: 1/4-inch nut driver, channel lock pliers, nut driver set, screwdriver, slot screwdriver, standard pliers, torx screwdriver, towel, work gloves.

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