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The dishwasher door does not lock in the open position

the door does not lockA huge amount of dirty dishes are stored in the dishwasher. Many people have adapted to accumulate dishes in the washing hopper, and then, when it is full, they start washing and wash all the dishes at once, it’s cheaper. After each meal, you have to open the door of the dishwasher and carefully place the dirty dishes there.

And imagine a situation when the door of the machine under the influence of the return spring constantly strives to close. You have to fold the dishes with one hand and hold the door with the other. This is both inconvenient and dangerous, a little hand breaks and the door can pinch your fingers and pound up a mountain of dishes. Why does the door spontaneously close? What is it, a breakdown or a serious design flaw? How to fix it? Perhaps you should look for answers to these questions.

Why does the door tend to close?

The door of a dishwasher of any make and model is capable of being fixed in completely open condition. In some models, fixing is also possible in a half-open state. This is very convenient when you do not need to open the door wide open, and slightly open it for ventilation so that mold does not start in the bunker.

The dishwasher door is generally best kept ajar for as long as possible, especially if the room is high in humidity.

problems with the dishwasher doorHowever, you and I are "not fat", because the door of our dishwasher is not fixed in the open and half open state. So, if you need to put dishes inside the machine, you need to hold the door with your free hand or with your knee in general, so that you do not drop dirty dishes and slam the door with your own door. What is the reason for this?

Most often in such a situation, it is necessary to talk about a malfunction of the door fixing mechanism, but in some cases the door behaves this way in the absence of proper adjustment. The fact is that the door of the built-in type dishwasher is not adjusted from the factory, so that the master during installation can easily fix the facade on it. After installing the facade, the locking mechanism is tightened, and the door begins to lock normally. The adjusting elements are located at the base of the door hinges.

Fixing Parts

If you look inside the door of the dishwasher, we will see:

  • metal spring;PMM door mechanism parts
  • a cable attached to it;
  • plastic blocking element;
  • a loop.

When we fully open the door of the dishwasher, the hinge moves. In this case, the cable is pulled, stretching the spring. When you open the door, you exert some effort. It is enough to stretch the spring as much as possible, and the plastic locking element fixes the cable, preventing the spring from returning to its original state. So she will stand until you start to return the door to the closed position. The lock will immediately be removed, and the spring will begin to compress, dragging the cable along with it.

At this moment, if you don’t hold the door, it will close quickly, slamming pretty hard.

Imagine that the blocking element is out of order. In this case, keeping the door open becomes entirely your problem, since the spring will tend to return to its original state, and only your effort can prevent it. It is impossible to operate the door of the dishwasher without a locking device, as the mechanism will break quickly and another one will be added to this breakdown.

Repair Features

If the door of the dishwasher is not fixed, and it was not possible to adjust it, it is necessary to start repair. We perform a number of simple actions.

  1. Open the door of the dishwasher to the end and hold it with your knee.
  2. We turn off the screws that are located around the perimeter of the end of the door or on its inner side.
  3. We disassemble the door.As soon as you unscrew the screws, you will understand that the door is made “on the principle of a sandwich”: two halves and a mechanism between them. As soon as we remove the inner half, the mechanism will be in front of the eyes.
  4. Temporarily weaken the spring so that the door does not close.
  5. We remove the cover from the cable.
  6. We remove the old locking element and put in its place a new one.

A broken locking device cannot be repaired.

door adjustment

After installing a new locking element on a Bosch machine or any other, do not rush to assemble the door. First, gently holding the cable and spring, check how the door will close and open, and whether it will stay in the open position. If everything is in order, you can assemble the door of a Bosch machine or any other and start using updated equipment.

We figured out the problems of poor fixation of the door in the open state, but the mechanism may break in another way, respectively, and the symptoms of breakage will be different.

  • The door falls, opens spontaneously. This means that the cable broke or the spring burst. Most often, problems arise with a cable. You can solve the problem by replacing the cable or spring.
  • The door does not lock and the wash does not start. A problem has occurred with the door lock device. In this case, the device is either being repaired or changing. A modern dishwasher will report problems with locking the door by issuing the appropriate error code. Which one? You will learn about this by reading the article. Error codes for different dishwashers.
  • The door flowed. Sealing gums are damaged, they need to be changed. Sometimes the cause of this problem is a dangling cable.
  • The door creaks a lot. In this case, you need to carefully inspect the hinges, they may need lubrication. If the hinges are damaged, they must be changed.

Do-it-yourself repair of the dishwasher door should not cause problems. Very often, housewives cope with such simple repairs, even without the help of husbands. If you still have difficulties, do not take risks, contact a specialist. Good luck


2 reader comments

  1. Gravatar Vadim Vadim:

    But I was stupid, I already wanted to take the dishwasher back, take it. But it turns out that there is an adjustment, although there is not a word about them in the instructions. Thank you so much!

    • Gravatar Natalya Natalya:

      Ah, I can’t adjust ...

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