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Dishwasher Door Catch Won't Close? How To Fix It Yourself.

Steve has been producing How To tutorials and articles for over 10 years, as well as E-books with Amazon KDP.


Broken door catch.

If the door catch fails on your dishwasher it isn't the end of the world but it is annoying. I've have had Hotpoint Aquarius dishwashers for many years and I have had to repair a broken catch twice.

When the catch goes the spring release drops into the bottom of the door cavity and you never see it again.

To open your door means you have to spring it open with a flat bladed screwdriver or a knife. Not an ideal situation so it needs to be repaired sooner rather than later.

Whenever I get an issue with a household item my first point of call is a You-Tube and if that fails I turn to Google. Once I have checked things out I can decide if the job is possible or not. More often than not things seem straightforward enough for me to have a go. If not then I would call in a specialist and I would suggest you do the same. This is usually a last resort because, like you, I don't like spending money if it isn't necessary. Watch the video below and decide for yourself based on your abilities as a do it yourselfer.

Nothing lasts forever.

It's a shame but in the world of electrical appliances nothing lasts forever. They were never designed to go on and on. That's why manufacturers create so many new models.

You can, however, prolong the life of your machine by looking after it and keeping it clean and serviceable. Limiting limescale is a good start. Perhaps you're not sure whether you live in a hard or soft water area for instance. Limescale is a machine killer so adding inhibitors for limescale with detergents will help. Using the correct dishwasher tablets for your model of machine will also do the trick. Above all run a clean cycle regularly. Most people to clean the cleaner.

When In Doubt.......

When in doubt check out You-Tube.

If at first you don't succeed, Google it.

— Steve Mitchell

Do it yourself and save money.

Doing jobs yourself can save you a lot of money in call out and engineers fees. Doing it yourself also gives great satisfaction on a job well done.

If you are anything like me you are game for anything and refuse to pay others to do jobs I know I can tackle myself.

You maybe familiar with other articles I have published on household repairs -:

How To Repair Your Hotpoint Aquarius Dishwasher.

How To Cure A Blocked pump in your Hotpoint Aquarius Washing Machine.

Replacing the catch

Replacing the catch of your Hotpoint Aquarius Dishwasher is very straightforward. The first job is to open the dishwasher door and remove the screws from the door backing plate.

Once this is done the top panel of the door should become free and allow you access to the door catch itself.

  • The catch has only one screw holding it to the panel.
  • Uncouple the connector and remove the faulty switch.
  • Obviously the fitting of the new one is the reverse of the removal of the old switch.

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Be safe

When undertaking any job where electricity is concerned you must follow the following rules.

  1. Switch power off to the appliance
  2. Unplug the appliance to be worked on
  3. Make sure you are confident about what you are doing
  4. If in doubt call in a professional

Tools you will need.

This is a very easy repair and the only tools you will need are -:

Flag bladed screwdriver

Cross headed or Phillips screwdriver.

Be sure to follow safety advice and make sure that your machine is disconnected from the mains before you start the job. If you are unsure don't do it and get professional help from a competent service engineer.

Top Tips.

  • Make sure you take your time
  • Check your part is correct
  • Follow the advice in the video
  • Don't force things if they are not moving
  • Make sure your tools fit correctly
  • Have good light
  • Get a helper
  • Keep calm and think about things

Do you DIY?

Thank You.

Let me know if you found this article useful. I always try to include everything you are likely to need but if I have missed something out you think would benefit anyone doing this job then by all means drop me a message and I will edit it in.

In the meantime thank you for reading to the end.

If you like this How To guide why not check out some of the other guides I have written here or some of my very recent articles below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Steve Mitchell


Steve Mitchell (author) from Cambridgeshire on February 09, 2014:

Thanks tillsontitan. Very well put.

Mary Craig from New York on February 09, 2014:

The more repair work we can do ourselves, the more money we can save. Certainly a good thing. This was a good hub and possibly an eye opener for some.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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