Steve has been writing on this site for 10 years now and has in the past written on many subjects. He now concentrates on helping people.
Broken door handle
If you’re anything like us your washing machine will have finished it’s wash cycle and you go to open the door and it doesn’t.
If there is no resistance from the handle then there is a good chance it has broken. I have written a guide on how to fix a stuck washing machine door previously so if that is the case check the article out first then come back here if it turns out to be a broken handle and not another reason.
It's not surprising the little flimsy handles break when you think about how often the washing machine is used. Having said that replacement parts are easy to come by and they are very reasonably priced if you have a good supplier.
I usually source my parts from the internet in one way or another. Gone are the days when you have to go to a specialist shop. I will say though, that I ordered my handle from a specialist website and I am still waiting for it. It wasn't made apparent that they didn't have stock at the time of ordering. After not receiving it for a few days I searched on Amazon and got one the next day for half the cost of the other.
For you to be able to remove the broken handle the door will need to be removed so you can access the handle. The tools you will need are listed below,
- Screwdrivers flat and star headed
- Torx Allen keys
- WD 40
before and during the removal process.
Use them when rebuilding to be sure where all the parts go
As with all jobs safety must come first. I would always advise turning off and unplugging the machine you are working on.
Washing machines and other household appliances can have very sharp edges on cabinets so if necessary make sure you wear gloves and suitable clothing to protect your arms if you have to delve into the cabinet of the machine.
It's also handy to have goggles close by if they are needed. I always try to have all the tools I think I will need so as not to have to go wandering about while doing the job. I do like to be organised and get jobs done as quickly as I can.
Step by step
As I said if you’re unsure how to first get the door open I have written an article outlining how you should do this.
If you go to my profile page you will see it called :- How To Repair a Stuck Washing Machine Door. Alternatively click the link below.
- Release door catch
- Remove 2 door screws and lift
- Work on bench removing screws around door
- Lift glass away from door
- Remove broken handle
- Fit replacement after checking it is correct one
- Build door back up
- Hang door
- Check the operation
As you can see there aren't that many steps to this. There will be only one way the new handle and spring will fit so you will know if you're unable to locate everything when putting back together.
Always remember if after watching the video and reading this guide you feel that your skill set isn't sufficient you can always call in a competent service technician to do the job for you. The idea of writing these guides is for you to be able to build up your knowledge to have a go yourself and save money. It isn't worth it though if you lack the skills. What you don't want to happen is that you cause yourself to spend more if you're not sure and it goes wrong. If in doubt call someone out.
Anyone who has some basic DIY skills should be competent enough to do this particular job. Good luck. If you have another appliance problem then feel free to search through my home appliance guides.
If the problem you have doesn't have an article written then a Google search or YouTube search will usually solve the problem.
I am always happy to receive feedback so please feel free to let me know your thoughts. If you think I could have added more information that would help others then drop me a message and I will gladly update the guide to reflect this.
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.
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