This is not a good thing when you have 5 people living in your house and only one of them knows how to load the dishwasher (and that would be my main man! just kidding, I know, I just choose not to. just kidding, or am I?) My husband did say while I was standing at the sink up to my elbows in suds "SEE! The dishwasher isn't broken!"
So I of course called Mr. Appliance and got the ball rolling on ordering a part. They would let me know when it comes in. Well, 5 calls later, no part was ordered and I am tired of washing dishes. Since I had been looking at the broken part for a week, I kinda got the feeling I could probably fix it myself. So I asked the kind lady for the part number and informed her that she no longer needed to schedule the repair, to which she replied "Are you sure you want to do that?" "Can yo get it fixed today?" "No." "Then yes, I am sure I want to do that."
She gave me the part number and I headed to the Appliance Repair Parts store. They were very helpful and I was out of there in 10 minutes, albeit with a lot of strange stares from the men behind the counter when I said to Tess "Now let's go fix that thing!" They probably thought I'd be back in 30 minutes.
Guess what I did fix it and I am so happy that I am going to show you how I did it. (If I hadn't fixed it, I was fully prepared to include the photo of the repair man fixing it...although I am sure he would say "what's a blog?" )
First things first:
DISCONNECT THE POWER BY TURNING IT OFF THE AT THE ELECTRIC BOX.
A little jolt will do that to you when you are so excited to get started....
New handle assembly.
Apparently they don't just make the black latch separately because then they couldn't charge you $30!
Unscrew all of the inside screws on the door to get to the latch.
Mark which way the front is in each of the wire boxes. Do this so you will remember which way they attach to the new latch assembly
Use a flathead screw driver and wiggle this off. You have one on each side of the assembly. I did
YouTube a video on this because I was having trouble getting these off. Once I saw that he used a flathead it went very quickly.
Reconnect to the new assembly. Place back in between door panels and re-screw all eleven screws!
New handle in place. Turn the electric back on, cross fingers and toes and press the "Start" button......
Yes! Saved us $75 for the service call.
Moral of the story? Don't be scared to try and fix something yourself. Look it over, study it and see if you can figure it out. And don't let someone discourage you by questioning whether you can.
What's the worst that can happen?
OK, besides maybe electrocuting yourself.....
The worst that can happen if you can't fix it, is you wind up calling the repair man.
But I say, give it a go sister!
You just might amaze yourself.
Always being renewed,