Dishwasher Door Not Latch

If your dishwasher door won’t latch, that also means your dishwasher will not be able to run. In order to run a cycle, the door must be properly closed and latched. So, this can be a very frustrating issue.

This issue is commonly the result of broken or malfunctioning parts that will not allow the door to latch properly. In most cases, these parts are fairly simple to replace. These parts include:

  • Door latch: the door latch is the part on your dishwasher that latches closed to ensure that no water escapes from your dishwasher, and signals your dishwasher to let it know that it is safe to turn on. If the door latch is not activating when the door closes, there is likely an issue with the latch and it will need to be replaced.
  • Strike plate: the strike plate is the area where the door latch locks into. Sometimes the strike plate becomes misaligned, and will simply need to be readjusted into its proper position. If the plate is metal and has become rusty, or if it is plastic and has been damaged, it will need to be replaced.
  • Door hinge: the door hinges can become broken, loose, or rusty. Sometimes you can notice there is a problem with the hinges if your dishwasher door is crooked or squealing. If there is a problem with the hinges, they will need to be replaced.
  • Door springs: the springs are what allow the door to open and close without any problems. Sometimes a spring has popped out of place, or has become damaged, causing the door to not be able to close properly, and the latch will not lock.
  • Door gasket: the door gasket is what forms a watertight seal when the door is closed, ensuring that no water escapes. If the gasket is damaged or deformed, it can prevent the door from closing fully or the latch from being activated.

If you’re having issues with your dishwasher not being able to latch and need help to resolve the issue, our team is here to help. Give us a call and one of our dishwasher repair technicians will come by and take a look.