How to Install GE Dishwasher Locking Latches


The GE dishwasher, like many other brands, uses a locking door switch to lock the door shut while the dishwasher is in operation. When the locking switch is faulty, the dishwasher will not run. Removing and installing a GE dishwasher locking switch requires removal of the inner door panel. GE locking switches are available at appliance repair centers. You'll need the model number of your dishwasher when purchasing the replacement switch. The model number is on the outside right edge of the dishwasher door.

Things You'll Need

  • Torx driver
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Turn off the circuit breaker to the GE dishwasher. Open the dishwasher door and remove the Torx screws along the side edges of the door with a Torx driver. Lift the inner door panel up slightly until you can see the two wires connecting to the dispenser motor on the inside upper right. Grasp the wire ends with your fingers and pull them off the dispenser motor terminals.

  • Place one hand on the outer door and lift the inner door panel away from the outer door with your free hand. The outer door will tend to spring shut because it doesn't have the stability of the inner door panel. Hold the outer door down as you are replacing the locking latches. Remove the two screws securing the latch cover to the inside of the outer door panel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Lift the latch cover off the latch.

  • Label the four wires connecting to the latch switch with masking tape. Place small pieces of masking tape on each wire and write the wire location on the masking tape with a pencil. Lift the door latch and switch out of the outer door panel. Press the tabs on the side of the latch switch with your fingers, and pull the switch away from the door latch.

  • Place the new switch into the top of the door latch until the tabs lock over the latch. Set the door latch and switch back into the outer door panel. Slip the wires onto each of the terminals on the latch switch. Pull the masking tape off the wires.

  • Set the latch cover over the switch assembly, and secure with the two retaining screws and the Phillips screwdriver. Position the inner door panel over the outer door panel. Slide the two wires onto the dispenser motor terminals until they lock into place. Line up the mounting holes of the inner door panel with the outer door panel mounting holes. Secure the inner door panel with the retaining Torx screws.

  • Close the dishwasher door, and turn the circuit breaker on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always disconnect power from appliances before attempting repairs.

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