How to Fix a Dishwasher Door Latch

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How to Fix a Dishwasher Door Latch
Dishwasher Door Latch (Jon Olson Photography)

Dishwashers are supposed to make life easier. But when they are not working properly, they can make life aggravating. Buying a new dishwasher or hiring a repair person can cost hundreds of dollars. With the proper know-how, anyone can fix most dishwasher problems and save money. One of the most common problems is a malfunctioning door latch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Rag
  • WD40 or other lubricating spray

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    Cleaning the Latch

  1. 1

    Inspect the latch for visible debris that may be caught in the components. This is a common reason a door is hard to open or close.

  2. 2

    Use a rag to clean debris from the latch components.

  3. 3

    Lubricate the latch components with WD40 or other lubricating spray.

  4. 4

    Test the door to see if it is working properly.

    Adjusting the Strike Plate

  1. 1

    Locate the strike plate at the top of your dishwasher.

    How to Fix a Dishwasher Door Latch
  2. 2

    Note if the strike plate hits the door when closing, or if it slides cleanly into the latch components.

  3. 3

    Adjust the strike plate up or down by lightly tapping it with a hammer.

  4. 4

    Close the door and test the fit. Repeat this process if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Before making any repairs, check if your dishwasher is still under warranty or if a particular part has been recalled.
  • If the above steps do not resolve the problem, you may need to replace the door latch. One well-known company that sells replacement parts is (see Resources section). Search by the make and model of your dishwasher and buy a new door latch or strike plate. Install according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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