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Question DetailsAsked on 6/29/2013

How do you have a cabinet front on dishwasher or fridge?

I have a dishwasher that needs to be replaced and the front of it matches my kitchen cabinets. How do I replace it and install the cabinet front on the new dishwasher?

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Depends on what type of front you have -

1) if just an insert panel type, then you might contact the manufacturer about a current model that the same panel will fit into. An appliance installation technician should be able to do the swapout when the new dishwasher is installed. New dishwasher would have to handle old panel thickness, and use the same size or smaller to fit right.

2) if a full cabinet face that was added on as a custom item, then you have an issue - unlikely that the openings for controls willl be exactly the same place. I would try a custom kitchen design center - they might be able to help find one the fits, or get your cabinet front modified to make it fit another dishwasher.

I would give about 50-50 odds on that being feasible - you might just have to get a new cabinet front made to match new dishwasher, using the old front as a match guide for wood type and finishing.

3) Third possibility is that you have what is called a concealor door - not actually attached to the face of the dishwasher, but actually a door fastened onto the cabinets and designed to totally cover the rough opening, with cutout for the controls, or with no cutouts and has to be opened to operate the dishwasher. Try to match the controls cutout location with the new dishwasher, but if you cannot then a cabinet shop should be able to modify it with a larger controls cutout, or put in an insert panel with new holes location to match new dishwasher.

4) Fourth possibility is if it was a custom face panel made by the manufacturer (only on extremely high-end appliances) then you should be able to arrange to ship the old front panel back to them, so they can adapt to new dishwasher or make a matching one. This will cost WAY more than having a local cabinetry shop make one locally,, but of course the custom one from the manufacturer will probably actually replace the front panel of the dishwasher perfectly, rather than being an overlay.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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