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Why doesn't my dishwasher door close and latch?
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If your dishwasher door is giving you a problem check the door seal, hinges, door latch, and the door springs. Open the door and look to see if anything is blocking it from closing completely. Look at the racks to see if any dishes are getting in the way. If you have a new dishwasher or have just replaced the seal on your old one, the seal may not be broken in yet and the door may not latch properly until the seal is broken in. Just give it some time, and after some use, it will usually start sealing well on its own. Some newer models require you to push in on the center top of the control panel as you're latching the door.
The door is held on by a pair of door hinges. They help to make sure that the door closes and seals properly. When the door is open, they are very vulnerable. Children sit on them, parents trip over them. These types of things can cause the hinges to bend and make it difficult for the door to close. Once the metal has been weakened, it is best to replace the hinges. If you try to straighten them back to the shape they were in before, they will usually just bend again.
At the top of the door is the door latch. This is where the door latches closed and activates the door switch. Usually you can adjust these and resolve the problem. If your model isn't adjustable, you'll need to check for other causes. If the latch is no longer working, simply replace it.
To make it easy to close the dishwasher door, there are two springs, one on each side, that act as counterweights for the door. If one or both is broken or overly stretched, the door can become difficult to lift closed. If you notice a bad spring, you should replace both springs.