Dishwashers are fantastic appliances because you can watch all of your dishes with a single push of a button. At the same time, it can be frustrating if your dishwasher will not start. One of the possible reasons why is that your dishwasher door is not closing properly. 

If you are finding that you cannot get your dishwasher to close, there are several possible reasons why. These include:

  • The dishwasher tub has not been installed correctly or is otherwise misaligned. 
  • There is something wrong with the door latch of your dishwasher door, preventing it from closing properly. 
  • The top or bottom racks of your dishwasher have not been set properly, preventing them from closing. 
  • There is an issue with the door striker at your dishwasher, which prevents it from closing completely. 

Fortunately, there are ways to address all of these issues. We have done our research, and we have figured out how to address all of the problems above. Take a look at the solutions below, and make sure you get your dishwasher working properly. 

1. The Dishwasher Tub Has Not Been Installed Properly

The first problem could be that the top of the dishwasher itself has not been installed correctly. You need to make sure the dishwasher is on a level surface. It should not till forward, backward, or from side to side.

If you are looking for a dishwasher, you will quickly realize you have multiple options available. In general, plastic tubs are more sensitive to small alignment issues than steel ones. Therefore, you may realize that plastic dishwashers are more likely to be shifted or knocked around, causing the dishwasher door to not function properly.

Installed Dishwasher
Dishwashers can be awkward to install, because they fit tightly into a small space, hiding all of the complicated parts behind panels and doors.

Why Does This Problem Happen?

If the dishwasher has not been installed correctly, you have a greater chance of experiencing problems. Two of the most problems you will experience if the dishwasher has not been installed properly or issues with the door closing and problems with the water flow. Both of these can prevent your dishwasher from working properly. 

Of course, there is also a chance that the dishwasher could get misaligned from years of use. Like other appliances, dishwashers break down from time to time. Plastic dishwashers do not last as long as deal once. Plastic expands and contracts when exposed to hot and cold water, which happens when you use the dishwasher regularly.

Over time, the plastic in the dishwasher could start to deform, leading to problems. Fortunately, there is a way for you to fix this issue. 

How Can You Fix It?

If your dishwasher is new, the first thing you should do is unplug it from its power source. Then, remove it from its current location in the kitchen. Take a look at the dishwasher and make sure it is sitting on level ground. If the dishwasher is not on level ground, it cannot be installed in that location. 

If the dishwasher is on level ground, you need to take a closer look at the door. Make sure it has been installed properly. You might need a few simple tools to unscrew the dishwasher door and screw it back into place. 

Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, you should contact an electrician or a plumber for help. That way, you can make sure you do not hurt yourself during the process. 

2. There Is a Malfunction with the Door Latch of the Dishwasher Door

Another possible reason why the dishwasher door is not closing is that something is wrong with the door locked. The door latch of your dishwasher is supposed to keep your door shut after you closed. If the dishwasher door is not closed, then it will flood your kitchen when you turn on the dishwasher. 

If a door latch is not functioning properly, then you may have a hard time closing the door to your dishwasher. There are several possible reasons why this happens. 

Why Does This Problem Happen?

There are two possible reasons why this problem might take place. The first is that something is wrong with the electrical system of the door latch. If the electrical component is not working properly, the door latch may not lock into place. This frequently happens when you have been using the dishwasher for a long time, as the electrical components will degrade. 

The second reason why the door latch may not be working properly is that something mechanical has happened. For example, the door may be opened and closed too hard, stressing the door last the point of breaking. If there is a mechanical issue with the door latch, then the component may not lock into place, causing the door to stay open. 

How Can You Fix It?

The exact nature of the fix is going to depend on the type of dishwasher you have. With an older dishwasher, it may be relatively simple to open up the door latch, unscrew it, and screw it back into place. This should be enough to get the door latch working again.

If you have a newer model, you may need to take off the inner door panel. This is usually where the door latch assembly is located. You should always make sure you disconnect the power and water supply from the dishwasher before you do so. In some cases, you may even have to remove the entire control panel before you can reveal the door latch.

You will find more information on this solution in the owner’s manual of your dishwasher. As always, if you are uncomfortable with anything in this step, you should contact a professional for help. 

3. The Racks of the Dishwasher Are Preventing the Door from Closing

If you have a dishwasher, you probably have a top and bottom rack. Both of these are supposed to hold your dishes, allowing them to get washed when you turn on the cycle. 

Usually, these racks are put on tracks. If these racks are knocked off the tracks, and your dishwasher door may not be closing properly. Even though you like to fit as many dishes in the racks as possible, you need to make sure you protect the racks. If they do not sit on the tracks properly, and your dishwasher door may have a problem closing. 

Dishwasher racks
Make sure the racks sit on the tracks properly.

Why Does This Problem Happen?

There are numerous reasons why the dishwasher racks might get knocked off their tracks. These include: 

  • You may have closed the dishwasher door too hard at some point, colliding with one of the rocks and knocking them off of their tracks.
  • You may have put a bunch of dishes in the rocks that were far too large. During the jostling process, the rack may have fallen off its track. 
  • You may have put too many dishes on the rack, causing them to fall off the tracks. These rocks are only designed to support a certain amount of weight. 
  • You may have accidentally bumped the dishwasher racks at some point when you were loading them, causing them to fall off their tracks. 

Ultimately, there are countless reasons why the racks may have been knocked out of place. Regardless, the end result is that you cannot turn on the dishwasher because you cannot close the door. 

How Can You Fix It?

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is relatively straightforward. You need to remove all the dishes from your dishwasher. Then, you need to lift up the racks. Make sure you place them gently on the tracks again. After this, you should be able to close the door.

If this is not working, you need to take a closer look at the racks themselves. If they are deformed, they may not sit properly on the tracks. In this case, you may need to replace the dishwasher racks. 

4. The Door Striker Is Not Behaving Properly

Finally, you should also take a closer look at the door striker. The door striker is the piece that is supposed to catch the door latch when you close the dishwasher door. Ideally, the door latch should fit seamlessly into the door striker, locking the door tight. 

Why Does This Problem Happen?

There are numerous reasons why the door striker might not be behaving properly; however, the most common reason why this part fails is a mechanical issue. Like other parts, this will wear down over time. If the dishwasher door has been opened and closed too many times (or too hard), then the door striker could break, causing the door latch to have a hard time fitting into it. 

Ultimately, if the two parts are not working together, you will not be able to close the door to your dishwasher. When you are messing with the door striker, you should also make sure the problem is not the door latch. Make sure you figure out what the problem is before you go about disassembling it. 

How Can You Fix It?

The first thing you need to do is remove all power to the dishwasher. After this, you should be able to find the door striker in the center. It is usually located where the door with the body of the appliance.

After you locate the striker, you need to take a look at any alignment issues. You can usually remove the door striker with a simple screwdriver. Then, you can reassemble the striker, seeing if it works properly. If it does not, you may need to replace the striker. 

Make Sure Your Dishwasher Door Closes Properly

Ultimately, there are plenty of reasons why your dishwasher door is not closing properly. The first thing you need to do is make sure there’s not a mechanical issue present. If the racks are misaligned, or if the dishwasher is overloaded, the door is not going to close. If the door does not close, it will not start. 

Finally, if you do need to replace a part, you should always compare the cost of the parts with the cost of replacing the dishwasher. This will help you figure out if it is worth it to replace the part or the entire dishwasher.