This DIY dryer repair guide has step-by-step instructions for replacing the push-to-start switch. When you push the start button, the dryer push-to-start switch completes an electrical circuit to start the drive motor and begin the drying cycle. If the electrical contacts in the push-to-start switch fail, the dryer either won't start when you push the button, or it starts as soon as you close the door, even though you don't push the button. If the push-to-start switch fails, replace it with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
The video below shows a gas dryer, but the repair is the same for electric. These basic repair steps work for replacing the push-to-start switch in Kenmore, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Frigidaire, Amana and GE dryers.
This video explains how to replace a push-to-start switch on a dryer.
Shut off the power
Unplug the dryer. If it's a gas dryer, shut off the gas.
Pull the knob off
Pull the control knob straight up and off of the front of the push-to-start switch.
Pull the push-to-start switch knob off.
Remove the back panel
Move the dryer forward and use a 1/4-inch nut driver to remove the screws from the back panel. Remove the back panel from the dryer and set it aside.
Remove the screws from the panel at the back of the dryer console.
Remove the back panel and set it aside.
Remove the push-to-start switch
Note the location of wires attached to the back of the push-to-start switch. Label the wires or take a digital picture so you know how to correctly reconnect them later. Then remove the wires.
Release the locking tab and slowly rotate the push-to-start switch while pulling it, to release it from the control panel.
Remove the wires from the push-to-start switch.
Release the switch locking tab from the control panel.
Remove the push-to-start switch.
Install the new push-to-start switch
Push the new switch into the panel and rotate it to lock it in place. Attach the wires on the back of the push-to-start switch, following the labels or digital photograph.Warning: For safety and to avoid damage to the new switch, the wires must be properly connected. If you are unsure how to connect the wires, have a service technician complete this repair.
Reattach the back panel
Position the panel on the back of the console. Line up the mounting screw holes, insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.
Reinstall the control knob
Push the control knob down on the stem of the new push-to-start switch.
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.
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