My Bosch Dishwasher Is Not Staying Latched

German engineers have designed Bosch dishwashers to be water saving, energy efficient and dependable appliances. However, age and wear can cause door latch problems. The latches on many dishwashers are adjustable. If the door on your Bosch dishwasher closes easily but is difficult to latch, 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.

Racks

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 and is preventing the rack from sliding in completely. If a rack is off its guides or too full, it may not allow the door to latch properly.

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 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. A hinge replacement kit can be purchased online from appliance repair companies that have Bosch parts or from your a Bosch appliance dealer or repair center.

Springs

The two springs on your Bosch dishwasher door are important to the door closing properly. The springs counterbalance the weight of the door. If either of the springs are 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.