How to Replace the Door Switch on a Kenmore Dishwasher


If you are having trouble replacing the door switch on your Kenmore dishwasher, you can easily replace the switch yourself instead of spending money on a repair person to fix it for you. Although the specific details may vary a bit depending upon the specific model, an overview of this simple process should be enough to take you through the repair regardless of the model. By following some simple instructions, you can replace the door switch on your Kenmore dishwasher in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement door switch
  • Screwdriver
  • Purchase the new door switch. Since the dishwasher is a Kenmore, a good place to get this part can be either at or by visiting your local Sears parts store. It is a good idea to have the model number of the dishwasher handy when making your purchase to ensure you buy the correct replacement part.

  • Disconnect the power to the dishwasher. It is very important that there is no electricity going through the dishwasher when you are making your repairs.

  • Remove the inner panel of the door of the dishwasher. Usually this consists of removing some screws around the edges of the dishwasher door, and the panel should pop right off.

  • Locate the switch. The location of the switch will vary slightly depending upon the specific model of your Kenmore dishwasher but is usually located near the door latch or mounted to a bracket. The switch is usually black in color and about an inch long. You may also need to remove a second, smaller panel in order to access the switch.

  • Remove the wires carefully from the door switch. Extra care needs to be taken when doing so in any situation but especially if the switch is part of a latch assembly or has a bracket.

  • Replace the old switch with the new switch, reconnect the wires and reattach the panel or panels to the door of the dishwasher. Finally, reconnect the power to the dishwasher.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be beneficial to run the dishwasher for a cycle to ensure the replacement of the switch was successful.
  • Make sure the power source to the dishwasher is completely disconnected while making the repair.

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