Accidents happen and the exterior of your dishwasher can bear the brunt of them. If your outer dishwasher panel is cracked, dented, or scratched up after various circumstances, you do not need to replace the whole appliance. Rather, the outer panel of the appliance can simply be replaced.
Before attempting the repair, you will want to consult your owner’s manual to figure out the exact replacement outer door panel for your dishwasher. It should be noted that the older your model is, the more difficult it will be to find a replacement. These are general steps to cover a variety of dishwasher designs.
Begin this repair by shutting off the water and electricity to your dishwasher. While this replacement deals with neither, but it is best to be safe. Once done, open the dishwasher door where you will see a varying amount of screws around the inner edges. Using a screwdriver, unthread these screws and remove them.
When you get down to the last screws, you will want to place a hand underneath the front outer panel. This is not so much to prevent further damage to the damaged panel that you are replacing, but rather to protect the wires connected behind it. Sudden drops may pull and damage these wires, so you want to prevent that.
While no wires are connected to this panel, you will want to let the outer panel lower slowly so you can make sure that no wires are being yanked with it. You can now install the outer panel replacement. You will want to close the door so you can align the outer panel up correctly and make sure no wires are pinched by it. Once aligned, hold it firmly to the appliance, open the door and start securing the screws. This is one part where you may want to recruit an extra pair of hands to help.
While this repair is easy, if you have more complicated problems, contact us today to see what Jerry’s Appliance Repair can do to help.
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