Why doesn't my dishwasher door close tightly?

Why does the door of my dishwasher no longer close?

If the Dishwasher doorr no longer closes properly, jams or opens during the wash cycle, then something is wrong, especially if water comes out while the program is running. In this article, we will describe the various causes that can come into question if the door of your dishwasher no longer opens or closes properlyt:

  1. The dishes were loaded incorrectly or the appliance is overloaded
  2. The door seal is damaged
  3. The baskets have been inserted incorrectly
  4. The bolt is pushed, although the door is open
  5. The door seal is wrong
  6. The door lock is damaged or stuck
  7. The door handle is damaged
  8. Dirt or limescale deposits prevent the door from closing

Why is the door of my dishwasher stuck?

You are about to close the dishwasher door and notice that it is stuck and that you cannot switch the appliance on. The dishwasher door must be completely closed so that the tub is hermetically sealed and no water leaks out. This means the dishwasher cannot be switched on as long as the door is not closed properly or is stuck. We will tell you in the following the possible causes of such a disorder.

Why does the dishwasher no longer close?

  • The dishes were loaded incorrectly or the appliance is overloaded

If your dishwasher door no longer closes properly or jams, the first thing to check is that Your kitchen utensils and dishes have been properly arranged. Sometimes it's just because a saucepan or bowl is interfering with the door closing properly. It can also happen that too many dishes have been loaded and the appliance is overloaded; then the door sags due to a load that is too heavy. If you stack bowls or pots on top of each other, they will also not get really clean because leftover food will stick to them and crust.

  • The door seal is damaged

All dishwasher models are equipped with a door that is framed with a seal so that the watertightness of the device is guaranteed during operation, and no water comes out. If the door seal is defective, the device can no longer be closed properly. It's easy to tell if the seal is worn: you discover Holes or Cracks; sometimes the seal is torn along its entire length or breadth. It is particularly characteristic when water escapes during the wash cycle. You should then not hesitate and replace the door seal.

Did you know?
Most dishwashers come with two different door seals: the lower door seal located at the bottom of the door; the top and side door seals serve to ensure the seal during the wash program.

  • The baskets were inserted incorrectly

It can happen that the baskets have been inserted incorrectly. The lower basket may have been accidentally inserted the wrong way round after cleaning the filter. At the upper basket it can happen that the Spray arm is not properly engaged and incorrectly attached to the dishwasher tubing in the tub. Then the dishwasher door will not close properly. You should therefore check that the baskets have been pushed in correctly and that this is not the cause of the problem.

  • The bolt is pushed, although the door is open

It can also happen that the door bolt has been slid, although the door is still open. If you then close the door, the latch will not click into place. In this case you have to disconnect the device from the mains and use a metal hook, to push the door bolt back into place. If you can no longer move the bolt, this part is defective and you will need to replace the door lock.

  • The door seal is incorrectly seated

If the door seal on your dishwasher is not seated properly, this can cause it the proper closing of the device be disturbed. Check whether the seal has not slipped or has peeled off. Reinstall the seal properly and try to close the door again. It can happen that the door seal no longer adheres. In this case, it is advisable to replace the seal.

  • The door lock is damaged or stuck

Dishwashers are equipped with a door lock. It is a matter of a metal or plastic hook, which is in the middle of the upper part of the door. When this hook is properly engaged, you will hear a dull sound that indicates to the user that the dishwasher is properly closed and ready to be turned on. So check that the hook is not jammed or broken, when you close the device.

  • The door handle is damaged

Since the dishwasher door is opened and closed frequently and not always handled carefully, the door handle can be damaged. If the Door handle damaged I won't let the device open or close.

Practical tips
Sometimes just is the door spring of the dishwasher door handle damaged: you will then have to completely dismantle the door handle to replace the door spring. Before you begin, you must disconnect the device from the power supply.

If you want to replace the door spring of the dishwasher door handle, then read this post with our repair tips: How do you replace the door spring of a dishwasher door handle?

  • Dirt or limescale deposits prevent the door from closing

If you don't pre-rinse, or if the drain filter has not been cleaned or emptied, it can happen that dirt or food remains in the door opening or in the door handle while the dishwasher is in operation. Then the door or the door handle jam.

Practical tips
It is advisable, the inside of the door handle To clean your dishwasher regularly with a toothbrush or bottle brush that you have previously dipped in a mild detergent.

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