An Easy Fix for a Broken Dishwasher Handle

By Lyle Weischwill | Jan. 09, 2024 1:58 pm PST

Homeowner fixing a broken dishwasher door handle

Fixing a broken dishwasher handle is easy in many cases. Depending on your model of dishwasher, all you’ll need to do is disconnect electrical power and follow some easy DIY repair steps to fix the problem.

How to Decide Whether You Can Fix a Broken Dishwasher Handle Yourself

Decide whether you can safely fix a broken dishwasher handle yourself by following these steps.

  1. Examine the dishwasher door handle to determine whether DIY replacement is feasible for you. If not, schedule service to have a Sears Home Services Technician replace the part.
  2. If you think you can replace the door handle yourself, find the model number of your dishwasher on the side of its door or door opening.
  3. Look up the replacement part on the Sears PartsDirect website using the full model number for your dishwasher.
  4. Look for DIY tips for replacing the dishwasher door handle for your model and decide whether you can replace the part yourself.

If you’re unable to replace the dishwasher door handle on your own, schedule service to have a Sears Home Services Technician replace the part.

If you’re confident that you can safely disconnect electrical power from the dishwasher and replace the broken door handle yourself, order the replacement part and follow safe DIY steps to replace the dishwasher door handle.

How to Replace the Dishwasher Door Handle in a Common Dishwasher

Carefully follow the DIY repair steps in this video to replace the door handle in common Kenmore, Whirlpool, Amana and Maytag dishwashers.

How to Determine Whether DIY Repair Advice is Safe and Credible

There’s plenty of dangerous and harmful DIY appliance repair content on the web. So how do you determine what content is safe to follow?

Here’s our advice for finding and following safe DIY repair advice for your appliances.

  • Consider the source. Look for advice from mainstream providers that have a track record of safety and success. Major DIY repair advice providers such as Sears PartsDirect have been helping homeowners fix their own products for decades.
  • Look at comments and feedback. Most DIY repair advice includes a YouTube video. Look at the comments and feedback from DIY enthusiasts about the video content. Look for DIY fixes that actually work for viewers.
  • Use common sense. When DIY advice is hard to follow or doesn’t make common sense, don’t follow it. Schedule service and have a repair technician fix the problem.

DIY repairs are inherently risky. Unless you’re completely confident that you can safely complete a repair yourself, don’t risk it. When in doubt, always schedule service by a professional appliance repair expert.

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Learning How to Complete Dishwasher Repairs Yourself

You can save money by safely repairing your dishwasher yourself. If you’ve never attempted a DIY repair, the process can be intimidating.

Follow this advice to start fixing simple dishwasher problems on your own.

  • Know your limitations. Don’t attempt an advanced repair such as replacing a circulation pump as your first DIY repair. When a repair looks too complicated for your level of expertise, have a service technician complete the repair.
  • Always disconnect electrical power. Never work on a dishwasher without unplugging the power cord or shutting off the house circuit breaker to disconnect electrical power. Verify that power is disconnected before accessing internal components. If you’re unable to unplug the power cord or you’re unable to verify that power is disconnected from your dishwasher, schedule service to have a service technician fix your dishwasher.
  • Use the proper tools. If you don’t have the proper screwdrivers, Torx drivers, wrenches and other tools to complete repairs, buy the proper tools or have a service technician complete the repairs on your dishwasher.

Start with simple DIY repairs to gain confidence and expertise in fixing dishwasher problems yourself. Replacing a door handle is a simple repair to start with. Later you can tackle harder projects such as replacing an inlet water valve or drain pump.

Our Sears PartsDirect Repair Help pages can safely guide you through many common dishwasher and appliance repairs. When you’re facing a complicated repair that you can’t complete on your own, don’t hesitate to schedule service to have a Sears Home Services Technician fix your dishwasher.

Whenever you have a dishwasher or home appliance failure, we’re always here to help you with DIY advice or professional repair help. Depend on Sears Home Services to help you keep your appliances in top shape and operating properly so you can enjoy your home.

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