How to Install Door Springs in a Kenmore Dishwasher

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Over time you may notice that your dishwasher door seems heavier. This is due to the fact that the springs are wearing out. The Kenmore dishwasher door opens and close with the aid of door springs. You will need to know how to install door springs in a Kenmore dishwasher to prevent the door from falling hard when it is opened. By replacing the springs you will avoid more costly repairs due to bent hinges and a damaged dishwasher door.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement dishwasher springs
  • Disconnect the power supply to the dishwasher. Most dishwashers are hardwired and you will need to turn the circuit breaker off to the dishwasher. If your unit plugs in, you only need to unplug it from the wall socket.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws that secure the toe panel to the dishwasher. Some units have a toe panel and an access panel. If your unit is equipped with both, two screws below the panels will need to be removed as well.

  • Use your hand to pull down on one door spring and unhook it from the adjustment hole. If necessary use the shaft of the screwdriver and insert it into the spring to give yourself more leverage when pulling the spring down.

  • Unhook the other end of the door spring from the door bracket by lifting it up and pulling it out. You will see the door bracket from under the dishwasher.

  • Hook one end of the spring inside the dishwasher on the door bracket by inserting it into the spring clip hole. Pull down on the spring to hook the bottom end into the adjustment hole in the bottom of the Whirlpool dishwasher frame.

  • Repeat the previous steps for the opposite door spring. Replace both springs but replace them one at a time.

  • Turn the circuit breaker back on to the dishwasher or plug the unit back into the wall outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power to appliance before attempting repairs.

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