Dishwasher Repair- Replacing the Door Balance Link Kit (Whirlpool Part # 8194001)

Uploaded by partselect on 06.03.2011

Steve: Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we are going to how to change the door balance
link kit on your dishwasher. It’s a really easy job. All we are going to need is a five
sixteenths nut driver let me show you how it’s done. To do this repair, we will need
to have access to the sides of the dishwasher so if it’s portable we’ll need to remove
the cabinet, if it’s in a built in we’ll need to pull it out of the existing cabinets.
That will require taking the access panel off of the bottom that will allow us to look
and make sure that we have room for our drain hose to pull out or fill, line make sure it’s
long enough and our electrical supply. We’ll also need to disconnect the top retaining
tabs from the bottom of the counter top if they are connected that way or if it’s secured
through the sides we’ll need to remove those two screws as well.
Once we’ve done that we can pull the dish washer out about two feet so that we have
access to both sides. Now that we’ve pulled the dish washer out where we can get at the
sides of it, want to take note of how this balance link kit is assembled, there’s a
hook on one end passes through the spring that connects to the rear. The chord goes
in underneath, bottom roller between the two rows across the top on to the link portion.
Take note of how that link is located on there.
So first thing we are going to do is stretch the spring, disconnect the chord. We can disconnect
that link remove the one five sixteen’s screw that secures mechanism to the side of
the dish washer. We will rotate that forward, and we’ll see there’s a little key hole
slot here that that fits into. We’ll discard our old parts, now the new one may be a little
confusing to you because it’s shaped just the opposite from the original. But, again
it has that key hole slot, line that up, we’ll reuse the screw from the original.
We’ll take our link chord, wrap that over the top roller between them underneath the
bottom roller, and we’ll pull that spring forward again and connect it. Now we are ready
to do the other side. Now the opposite side is identical. All I need to do again, disconnect
the chord from the spring, remove that five sixteenth screw, tilt that mechanism forward
and remove it from the key hole slot, install our new one in the same manner.
Now that we have replaced our parts we are ready to push the dishwasher back into place
and we’ll take care when we are doing that so that we don’t compromise either, the
water line, the electrical supply or the drain line. Once we’ve pushed it back into place
make sure to secure the top of the dish washer so that it can’t tilt forward, or through
the sides and our repair is complete. And that’s how you change the door balance link
kit on your dish washer, thanks for watching and good luck with your repair.