How to Replace the Handle of a Maytag Dishwasher

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When the door on your Maytag dishwasher does not latch properly or the dishwasher does not run when the door is closed, chances are it is necessary to replace the door latch and handle. The handle is part of the door latch assembly, which is installed and replaced as a single unit. Replacing the handle of a Maytag dishwasher involves separating the door panels. Write down the model number of your Maytag dishwasher and purchase a replacement handle from an appliance repair facility.

Things You'll Need

  • Torx driver
  • Small book
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Nut driver
  • Replacement door latch
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Disconnect the power to the Maytag dishwasher. The circuit breaker for the dishwasher is in your home electrical panel. Look on the schematic on the inside of the electrical panel door to determine which breaker is the correct breaker. Turn the breaker off with your finger.

  • Open the Maytag dishwasher door. Remove the seven Torx screws securing the inner door panel to the door, using a Torx driver. Lift the inner door panel as if closing the door, with the outer panel remaining in the open position.

  • Place a small book on the center of the outer panel to keep it in the open position. When the inner panel is off the door, the weight changes and the springs operating the door will lift the outer panel to the closed position unless something is holding the door down.

  • Disconnect the two wires from the door latch terminals. Grab the wire ends with a pair of needle-nose pliers and pull the spades off the door latch terminals. Remove the screws securing the door latch to the door with a nut driver. Lift the door latch with the handle away from the door.

  • Set the new door latch with handle inside the outer door panel. Line up the mounting holes with the two holes on the inner door panel. Secure the latch in place with the retaining screws. Slip the wire spade ends over the terminals of the door latch with your fingers.

  • Remove the book from the door and lower the inner door panel. Align the mounting holes between the inner and outer door panels. Secure the two panels together with the retaining Torx screws.

  • Close the door to test the operation of the new handle and latch. If necessary, open the door and loosen the two screws securing the latch plate to the bottom of the counter, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. Adjust the plate as needed so the door latches securely. Tighten the screws and turn on the power to the Maytag dishwasher.

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