My Bosch Dishwasher Is Not Staying Latched

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Your dishwasher latch can wear out over time.
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German engineers have designed Bosch dishwashers to be water saving, energy efficient and dependable appliances. Design options include front controls, top controls, custom designs and adjustable door latches on some models. However, age and wear can cause door latch problems.

If the door on your dishwasher closes easily but the Bosch dishwasher door latch is difficult to close, adjust the latch to allow the door to close properly. If your latch is not adjustable, troubleshoot for other reasons that prevent the dishwasher door from closing correctly.

Bosch Dishwasher Won't Stay Closed

An obvious reason that your dishwasher is not staying latched is because it has a broken Bosch dishwasher door latch, which you can replace with a manufacturer-approved latch. On the flip side, a Bosch dishwasher latch stuck closed may also mean the latch is broken and needs replacement.

Improperly Positioned Racks

If your Bosch dishwasher door keeps opening, the racks may be the source of the problem. Check to see that the dish racks are properly positioned. Flatware, a lid or a small dish may have fallen through the rack, preventing the rack from sliding in completely. If a rack is off its guides or it's too heavily loaded, it may not allow the door to latch properly.

Damaged Door Hinges

Damaged hinges may prevent proper latching. Inspect the hinges on your Bosch dishwasher to determine whether the are working properly. Bumping the dishwasher door or placing a heavily weighted object on the door as you're loading or unloading the dishwasher can damage the hinges. The hinge may be bent or worn and the door is out of alignment.

If the hinges are damaged, they should be replaced. You can purchase a hinge replacement kit online from appliance repair companies that carry authorized Bosch parts or from a Bosch appliance dealer or repair center.

Worn-Out Springs

The two springs on your dishwasher door are important parts that enable the door to close properly. The springs counterbalance the weight of the door. If either of the Bosch dishwasher door springs is worn out or damaged, the door will feel heavy when you open the appliance. If this is the problem, replace both of the springs.

Clean The Latch

The problem with your Bosch dishwasher latch may be a simple repair. Sticky residue from food, minerals or other built-up deposits may be preventing the latch from functioning normally. Use sudsy water and a soft toothbrush to clean the latch mechanism. Rinse and dry with a soft rag.

Fire Hazard

Consumers who own older models of Bosch dishwashers should be aware that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bosch Home Appliance have announced a voluntary recall for certain models. The affected units were manufactured from May 1999 to July 2005.

Consumers are advised that the recall involves a part that presents a fire hazard. Stop using your Bosch dishwasher and contact the Bosch Appliance hotline or your Bosch appliance dealer to schedule a free repair if your dishwasher is among the recalled models.

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