How to Remove a GE Dishwasher Door

GE manufactures a number of different dishwasher models to fit the needs of just about any kitchen. Despite their differences in design, GE dishwashers all work in the same way. When the door is shut, the dishwasher sprays the dishes inside with a mixture of soap and water. This water is then pumped out of the machine. The dishwasher door serves to seal the dishwasher tight and also hosts the controls for the machine. Removing a GE dishwasher door for service or repair requires a little bit of work, but isn't terribly difficult and can be accomplished by the DIYer.

Step 1

Cut the power for the GE dishwasher where you want to remove the door. Either unplug the dishwasher or cut the power to the circuit that controls the dishwasher.

Step 2

Remove the toe panel from the very bottom of the dishwasher. This panel is located next to the floor. There will be screws at either side holding it in place. Remove the screws and pull off the toe panel.

Step 3

Pull the GE dishwasher out from underneath the cabinet or anything that it might be installed beneath. Pull carefully, as the dishwasher is connected to sewage, water and electricity wires and hoses.

Step 4

Remove the kick panel. This is located between the toe panel and the bottom of the dishwasher door. You may need to open up the dishwasher door in order to remove the screws at the top of the panel. Pull the panel off the dishwasher.

Step 5

Remove the top and side panels of the dishwasher. How this is done depends on your GE model, but, generally, the top will slide off, and then the side panels can be removed by loosening the retention screws.

Step 6

Unhook the springs from the bottom of the dishwasher cabinet. Look underneath the dishwasher, on either side, to locate the springs. Pull the springs off with a pair of pliers.

Step 7

Remove the front panel from the door. Look on the underside and sides of the door for the door panel screws. These may be Torx or Phillip head screws.

Step 8

Remove the GE dishwasher door from the hinges. This step is also dependent on the model. Some GE dishwashers will use hinge pins on either side of the door. These need to be snapped out of place from the dishwasher cabinet before the door can be removed. In other models, the hinge will be held in place by screws at the bottom of the door. Loosen the screws and lift the dishwasher door off the handle.

Step 9

Disconnect the electrical connections from the door by pulling out the wiring sockets connecting the door to the electrical harness. Don't pull by the wires, pull by the sockets.