Even in the best qual­i­ty wash­ing machine, the han­dle can break off. Its plas­tic part is very frag­ile. Being sub­ject­ed to con­stant stress when try­ing to open, it may not with­stand. If you pull the han­dle before the lock opens, it will also quick­ly break. It can­not be repaired, you will need to install a new part. This can be done on your own.

How to open the door if the handle is broken

Washing machine door handle broken

The cause of the break­down is usu­al­ly care­less han­dling, and not mar­riage or poor-qual­i­ty appa­ra­tus. As a rule, the han­dle breaks when try­ing to open the door after the end of the wash. It is nec­es­sary to gen­tly press it until a char­ac­ter­is­tic click is heard, indi­cat­ing the lock is snapped off, and then care­ful­ly open it.


After fin­ish­ing wash­ing, you need to wait a few min­utes, for some time the door remains locked.

When faced with a break­down, you do not need to wor­ry. You can replace the part with­out call­ing a spe­cial­ist. First you need to dis­man­tle it. There are sev­er­al ways to do this.

You should first inspect the bro­ken part. If only part of the han­dle has bro­ken off, it may be pos­si­ble to open the door for the rest. For which some­times you need to use tools. Tak­ing the part remain­ing on the door with pli­ers, you need to press on the spring and pull the hatch towards you. If these steps do not help, you can use oth­er meth­ods:

  • If the machine is equipped with an emer­gency open­ing, you must pull the spe­cial cable or lever. It is locat­ed near the drain fil­ter. To get to it, you will need to remove the bot­tom pan­el.
  • Open hatch from inside. You need to remove the top cov­er of the equip­ment and get your hand to the inter­nal con­sti­pa­tion. Press on it and push the door from the inside.
  • With rope. Tak­ing a strong rope, insert it into the hole between the hatch and the body from the side of the lock. Pull the rope and stretch it from both sides to the cas­tle. The rope will press on the lever and the machine will open.

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How to dismantle

To change the han­dle, the door from the machine must be removed and the bro­ken part dis­man­tled.


Before dis­as­sem­bling the door, it is nec­es­sary to remem­ber the loca­tion of the bolts, the attach­ment points of the han­dle and the side of the glass incli­na­tion. It is bet­ter to take a pic­ture of her so as not to for­get.

It is not dif­fi­cult to dis­man­tle it your­self, with­out the help of a mas­ter. The instruc­tion is very sim­ple:

  1. Open door. Near the canopy, find places of attach­ment to the body. As a rule, these are self-tap­ping screws that can be unscrewed with a Phillips screw­driv­er.
  2. Remove the load­ing hatch cov­er, put it on the floor. It will need to be dis­as­sem­bled.
  3. Loosen the fix­ing screws around the cir­cum­fer­ence of the cov­er. This will require a reg­u­lar or Phillips screw­driv­er, depend­ing on the type of fas­ten­ers.
  4. Insert a flat screw­driv­er into the gap between the inner and out­er parts, pry. Dis­as­sem­ble the door into two halves, remove the glass.
  5. The han­dle is fixed with a met­al rod. It is required to press on it with an awl or a thin pin, push and hook the rod, and then pull it out.
  6. Get the han­dle and spring.


It is bet­ter to take a pic­ture of the han­dle attach­ment point before dis­man­tling, so as not to get con­fused dur­ing assem­bly.

How to install a new handle

The pen should be pur­chased at a hard­ware store. When going shop­ping, you need to rewrite the mod­el and name of the machine so that the new part fits. It is com­plet­ed with a spring and a rod nec­es­sary for fas­ten­ers.

Han­dle Instal­la­tion Instruc­tions:

  1. Insert spring. It needs to be put in the same place where the for­mer stood. At the same time, it is impor­tant to be care­ful. The spring should be exact­ly in place. It’s quite dif­fi­cult, you need to try.
  2. Insert the hook with the han­dle until it stops.
  3. When the part has tak­en its posi­tion, insert the pin. It must be passed through all the holes. Dur­ing push­ing, it should be rotat­ed to facil­i­tate entry into the holes. You can use pli­ers.

Hav­ing dealt with the prob­lem, you should check whether the han­dle works cor­rect­ly. Because of the spring, it is slight­ly retract­ed. If the han­dle is not repelled by the spring, it is not insert­ed cor­rect­ly. It is bet­ter to imme­di­ate­ly dis­as­sem­ble it and try to insert it again.

Next, you need to place the glass and attach the sec­ond half of the cov­er until a char­ac­ter­is­tic click. Fas­ten the halves with fix­ing bolts and install the door on the machine.


If you can’t fig­ure out how to replace the han­dle your­self, it’s bet­ter to call the mas­ter so as not to dam­age the parts.

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