How to Replace the Front Panel Door of a Dishwasher

When your dishwasher front panel has cracked or becomes damaged, it needs to be replaced. Although at first glance it may seem complicated, it really is not. The average do-it-yourself homeowner can replace the front panel door with just one tool and an hour of time. Make sure that when you purchase a new front panel that you have the model number of your dishwasher. Most appliance repair facilities either have the part in stock or can order it for you quickly.

Disconnect the power from the dishwasher by turning the circuit breaker off at the home electrical panel.

Open the dishwasher door completely. Remove the eight screws that are located on the side panel of the door using a screwdriver.

Close the dishwasher door while holding your hand flat against the outer door.

Lean the top of the front panel away from the dishwasher. Maintain a hold on the front panel door so that it does not just fall off, possibly breaking control wires.

Lift the front panel up and away from the dishwasher. Make sure that no wires become snagged in the process. Be especially careful near the control panel.

Insert the new front panel into the bottom rail of the dishwasher door. Push the front panel all the way flush with the dishwasher door.

Hold the front panel in place with one hand while opening the entire dishwasher door.

Insert screws into the four side corners while still holding the front panel flush with the door. Once the screws are in place, tighten them down with a screwdriver, and let go of the outer door panel.

Secure the inner door and front panel by reattaching the remaining securing screws.

Close the dishwasher door and turn the circuit breaker back on to power the dishwasher.


Always disconnect power before servicing appliances.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • New front panel
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Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.