How to Replace a Dryer Door Switch
The door switch signals to the control board that the dryer door is closed. The dryer won't start if the door switch isn't working correctly. To quickly test the door switch, open the dryer door and then press the door switch lever to see if the light turns off. If the light stays on when you press the switch, the door switch needs to be replaced with a manufacturer-approved replacement part. Follow this step-by-step dryer repair guideto replace the door switch.
Less than 30 min.
Before you begin
Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.
Step 1: Shut off the power
Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.
Step 2: Remove the lint screen
Pull the lint screen out of the housing in the top panel of the dryer.
Step 3: Remove the lint screen housing screws
Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel.
Step 4: Raise the cabinet top
To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer. Lift the top and prop it securely against the wall behind the dryer.
Step 5: Disconnect the door switch wire harness
Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab on the wire harness plug for the door switch. Disconnect the wire harness.
Step 6: Remove the door switch
Remove the mounting screws from the existing door switch. Pull the door switch out of the dryer and set it aside for disposal.
Step 7: Install the new door switch
Insert the new door switch and secure it with the mounting screws.
Step 8: Connect the wire harness
Plug the wire harness for the new switch into the connection plug. Make sure the locking tab engages.
Step 9: Reassemble the dryer
Lower the top panel and snap it into place. Reinstall the screws in the lint duct housing and reinstall the lint screen.
Step 10: Restore power to the dryer
Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. If it's a gas dryer, turn on the gas supply to the dryer.