How to Change the Facing on Whirlpool Dishwashers
Some Whirlpool dishwasher models include a facing, or panel, that you can change to better match your kitchen decor. Switching the facing is not difficult but you do have to be willing to remove some parts on the dishwasher door. Many white and off-white dishwashers include a facing that reverses to black, so you may not need to pay for a new panel just to get a new look. Door panels can also be purchased in wood tones to match your cabinetry, in stainless steel and in bright, nontraditional colors.
Place your hands at each end of the retainer trim piece that runs along the bottom of the dishwasher door panel. The piece may be metal, black plastic or another color, depending on your dishwasher model. Lift up on the retainer section and pull it toward you to remove it. Set the retainer aside.
Press the palms of both hands on the old facing and slide it down until the top is free. The facing flexes easily to allow you to slip it out from under the trim along each side.
Hold the replacement door panel, or reverse the old one, so that the desired color is facing you. Turn the panel, if needed, so the dimensions line up with the dishwasher door.
Slip the side of the facing into the left side of the frame on the dishwasher door.
Secure the other side of the facing into the right side of the dishwasher frame by bowing the panel gently and sliding it into the frame.
Slide the new facing up and into place so you can reposition the retainer.
Hold the new color panel and the spacer behind it up over the lower edge of the frame about 1/4 inch.
Snap the retainer into place. Push down on the horizontal piece gently to ensure it is securely connected.
Adjust the new panel down a bit with the palms of your hands to cover the 1/4-inch space.
- Whirlpool also offers side panel options for dishwashers that are exposed rather than surrounded by cabinetry.