July 1, 2015

How to replace a laundry center dryer door switch

By Lyle Weischwill
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 replacement parts.

This basic repair procedure works for common Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Gibson, and White-Westinghouse laundry centers.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
#2 square-head screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing a dryer door switch in a laundry center

Replacing a dryer door switch in a laundry center.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    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.

  2. 02.

    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.

    Remove the access panel mounting screws.

    Remove the access panel mounting screws.

    Remove the front access panel.

    Remove the front access panel.

    Remove the control panel screws.

    Remove the control panel screws.

    Release the control panel.

    Release the control panel.

  3. 03.

    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.

    Push the door switch through the front panel.

    Push the door switch through the front panel.

    Disconnect the door switch wires.

    Disconnect the door switch wires.

    Remove the dryer door switch.

    Remove the dryer door switch.

  4. 04.

    Install the new door switch

    Connect the wires to the new door switch.

    Push the new door switch into the front dryer panel.

    Connect the wires to the new door switch.

    Connect the wires to the new door switch.

  5. 05.

    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.

    Reinstall the control panel.

    Reinstall the control panel.

    Reinstall the front access panel.

    Reinstall the front access panel.

  6. 06.

    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.

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.

Symptoms common to all laundry centers

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Main causes: blocked exhaust vent, clogged lint screen, bad timer, moisture sensing problems, weak gas valve coils, bad heating element
Main causes: control system failure, broken heating element, bad gas valve coils, gas supply failure, voltage supply problem, blown fuse
Main causes: bad lid switch or lid lock, drive motor failure, broken motor coupler, bad timer, faulty electronic control board
Main causes: unbalanced load, broken suspension springs or shocks, worn snubber ring
Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, faulty drive motor, drain system problem, broken drive system components
Main causes: lack of water supply, failed lid switch or lid lock, bad water level pressure switch, control system failure, bad water valve
Main causes: door not fully shut, bad door switch, faulty push-to-start switch, wiring failure, bad drive motor, blown fuse, control failure
Main causes: broken dryer drive belt, weak drive motor, binding drum seals
Main causes: clogged drain system, blocked drain hose, bad drain pump

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Repair difficulty
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