How to Remove the Lower Panel of a Kenmore Dishwasher

When replacing the dishwasher heating element or testing the motor, you will need to access the dishwasher from below.
The lower panel on your Kenmore dishwasher covers the access panel to the parts below the dishwasher tub. Removing the lower panel on your Kenmore dishwasher is quite simple in comparison to other brands. Many brands require accessing the upper mounting screws between the door and the tub with the door open. Kenmore however has all four mounting screws readily accessible.

Step 1

Turn off the circuit breaker to the Kenmore dishwasher to cut the power supply to the dishwasher.

Step 2

Locate the two upper mounting screws between the top of the lower panel and the bottom of the door. The screws will be at each upper corner of the lower panel. Turn the screws counter-clockwise with a 1/4-inch nut driver or a Phillips-head screwdriver and remove them from the panel.

Step 3

Push the top of the lower panel in slightly so you can see the two lower mounting screws between the floor and the bottom of the panel. Remove the screws with the nut driver or Phillips-head screwdriver.

Step 4

Pull the lower panel away from the dishwasher and pull the access panel away. The access panel is behind the decorative lower panel. You now have access to the motor and pumps.

Things You Will Need

  • 1/4-inch nut driver or Phillips-head screwdriver


  • Always disconnect power to appliances before attempting repairs.

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.