How to replace a laundry center dryer door switch
This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the dryer door switch on a laundry center. The dryer door switch lets the dryer run when the dryer door is closed and stops the dryer when the door opens. If the door switch breaks, the dryer won't start when you close the door. To test the door switch, open the dryer door and press and release the door switch lever. If the drum light stays on, the door switch is probably broken. Replace the dryer door switch with the manufacturer-approved laundry center parts.
This basic repair procedure works for common Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Gibson, and White-Westinghouse laundry centers.
Replacing a dryer door switch in a laundry center.
Shut off the power
Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas supply.
Wear work gloves to protect your hands.
Release the control panel
Remove the mounting screws from the front access panel and pull off the front access panel.
Remove the control panel mounting screws.
Pull the control panel down and forward to release it from the laundry center frame.
Let the control panel hang by the wires below the dryer front panel.
PHOTO: Remove the access panel mounting screws.
PHOTO: Remove the front access panel.
PHOTO: Remove the control panel screws.
PHOTO: Release the control panel.
Remove the dryer door switch
Open the dryer door.
Reach behind the dryer front panel and squeeze the mounting tabs while pushing the door switch through the front of the panel.
Disconnect the door switch wires.
PHOTO: Push the door switch through the front panel.
PHOTO: Disconnect the door switch wires.
PHOTO: Remove the dryer door switch.
Install the new door switch
Connect the wires to the new door switch.
Push the new door switch into the front dryer panel.
PHOTO: Connect the wires to the new door switch.
Reinstall the control panel
Push the control panel onto the laundry center frame and engage the console locking tabs.
Reinstall the control panel mounting screws.
Reinstall the front access panel and secure it with the mounting screws.
PHOTO: Reinstall the control panel.
PHOTO: Reinstall the front access panel.
Restore power to the laundry center
Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If it the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.
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