How to Install the Front Face of a Dishwasher

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Dishwasher front faces are the first part of the dishwasher that you see. Scratches on the face can mar the surface and rust may develop. White faces may become dingy and yellowed after aging or may stain when food and drinks spill on them. Front faces are available in several colors and textures to update or coordinate dishwashers with kitchen décor.

Things You'll Need

  • Small Phillips screwdriver
  • Face your dishwasher. Open the front door about halfway. The door will have a stop at the halfway point.

  • Place a small Phillips screwdriver in one of the screws in the trim work on the right side of the door. Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen it. Pull the screw straight out and set it aside. Repeat this process for the remaining screws on the right side of the dishwasher.

  • Remove each of the screws on the left side of the trim work in the same manner. Set all of the screws aside for reuse later.

  • Place a hand on each of the right and left sides of the dishwasher face panel. Grasp each side and slide the face panel to the right out of the dishwasher front.

  • Pick up the new dishwasher front face panel and peel the adhesive backing off the back. Start at one corner and peel the backing off in a long stroke to remove it all in one stroke.

  • Grasp the new front panel with one hand on either side. Insert it into the top and bottom trim panels of the dishwasher door from the right side. Slide the face into the panel and center it.

  • Place the left and right sides of trim work on the dishwasher face and reattach with the Phillips screws. Turn the screws clockwise to tighten them on the face.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place the Phillips screws in a small bowl when removing them. This keeps them from rolling off the countertop or onto the floor out of sight.
  • Replacement trim kits are available to replace all sides of the trim.
  • Let the dishwasher cool before replacing the face so that steam does not burn hands from the drying cycle.

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