Help replacing handle actuator and spring


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One of the arms on the handle actuator is broken off. I bought a new actuator (thanks appliancepartspros!) and now

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:05 AM
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Default Help replacing handle actuator and spring
Model Number: GDWF100V40WW   Brand: GE   Age: Less than 1 year   

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One of the arms on the handle actuator is broken off. I bought a new actuator (thanks appliancepartspros!) and now I need to reassemble the handle in the control panel at the top front of the dishwasher door. I've figured out where all the parts go - all except the little recess spring. Can anyone help and describe where/how to install the recess spring for the handle? (NOTE: not talking about the door springs, but rather the small recess spring for the handle.)

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:16 AM
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I figured it out!! Short answer is: slide the longer of the two arms on the actuator through the center of the spring so that the tiny hook on one end of the spring aligns with the tiny slot in the actuator body.

Since these parts are all plastic (except for the spring) I suspect they may break frequently and others may have similar questions... so here's the steps I used to assemble the handle on this GE dishwasher:
1) Slide the spring on the actuator as described above. The tiny hook on one end of the spring should align with the tiny slot in the actuator. Put the hook in the slot.
2) With spring on the actuator arm and hooked into the slot, insert the actuator's arms into the open-ended slots on the mounting bracket.
3) Now, squeeze the actuator up into the mounting bracket. The spring's straight end will rest against the flat part of the bracket providing resistence.
4) With actuator squeezed up into the mounting bracket, insert the arms of the handle latch into holes in the mounting bracket and release the actuator.

The handle is now assembled on the mounting bracket. The whole assembly can now be installed into the control panel on the top front of the dishwasher door.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:05 AM
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I had the same issues. Once I figured it out, it took less than 5 minutes to put back together. I took a few photos to show how the spring attaches. The photos along with the explanation above should make this repair easier for any others that may come across the same repair question that we had.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:19 AM
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A few more photos of the entire door switch panel assembly all together. Hope this helps out anyone who is trying this repair.
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Thank you for posting the instructions and the photos. They were a great help!! There would have been no way I would have been able to figure out how to put the handle together without your photos. Thank you so very much for taking the time to put the photos and instructions.
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Thumbs up Actuator handle assembly


Your instructions, and pictures were amazing. My husband and I tried every combination but that one. And it worked and fit and now our handle is installed. Thank you so much.
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