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How to Replace Your Dryer Door Switch – Dryer Repair DIY

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When your dryer door switch or latch stops working, your dryer may not stay closed or acknowledge that it is closed. This can put your entire laundry plan on hold, making it impossible to keep doing laundry at home or forcing you to hang your laundry instead of getting nice fluffy clothes. Today, we’re here to help you replace your dryer door switch so you can get back to drying your clothes daily and avoid the dreaded dryer repair.

Take Safety Precautions with any dryer repair.

The first step in any dryer repair is to make sure you are safe from electrocution. Unplug your dryer at the wall or, if you can’t reach the plug, or switch off the breaker that powers the dryer.

Collect Your Equipment

Next, collect your equipment. This is the best way to complete your repair from beginning to end without having to stop in the middle to grab something. For this repair, you will need needle-nose pliers, a dish towel, and a sturdy putty knife or a thin flat-head screwdriver for a bit of prying. And, of course, your replacement dryer door switch. Find the right switch by looking up the make and model of your dryer and finding the correct part number for the door switch before ordering.

  • Needle-Nose Pliers
  • Hand Towel
  • Putty Knife or Flat-Head Screwdriver
  • Replacement Door Switch

Remove Lint Filter and Cover

To start, you will need to remove the dryer lint housing which fastens the top panel to the rest of the dryer. Start by removing the lint trap filter and setting it aside. Then loosen the mounting screws that hold the dryer lint housing in place. Pull out the dryer lint filter housing and set it aside as well.

Take Off the Top Panel

Now you’ll need to wield your putty knife or flat-head screwdriver. Wrap the putty knife in masking tape to keep it from scratching your dryer. Now fit the knife beneath the lip of the top panel and pry it up. There may be hidden latches that you can loose with the putty knife underneath the lip. When the top of the dryer comes free pull it up carefully with the tea towel. Be careful, the underside of this panel can be sharp.

Lift up the panel and prop it up with a chain or against the back wall. You will now be able to see the inside of your dryer from the top, including the door switch assembly.

Uninstall the Broken Door Switch

In the top corner of the front panel will be the electrical connection for the old door switch on the right-hand side. Pull apart the wire harness which is a small white clip. Now open your dryer door completely. Identify the switch in the upper right corner located inside the door pocket. There will be one or two mounting screws holding it in place, so remove them.

The door switch should pull out through the top opening now.

Install Your New Door Switch

The new door switch will go in just as easily. Place the new door switch in through the top and slide it into place in the upper corner of the door pocket. Secure it with the one or two mounting screws and then reconnect the wire harness exactly as the previous door switch was attached. 

Reassemble Your Dryer

Now you should be safe to put your dryer back together. Close the dryer door, then pull the top of the dryer closed. Fit the dryer top over the housing and press it until the latches click into place. Then return the dryer lint housing, securing the mounting screws. Finally, return the dryer lint filter and you’re done.

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Appliance Repair Tips: Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?

Appliance service pros talk dryer fires.

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Appliance Repair Tips: Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard? appliance repair

You probably don’t think of your dryer as a dangerous appliance, and it’s not when you properly maintain it. However, neglecting to clean your dryer on a regular basis can turn it into a serious fire hazard and result in needed appliance repair. Over time, the dryer hose and vent duct can become clogged with lint and other debris, meaning your dryer’s air flow becomes restricted. That restriction can cause your appliance to overheat, which can ultimately lead to a fire. Luckily, a thorough vent cleaning can stop your dryer from becoming a threat to your household. If your dryer is plagued with any of the symptoms listed below, turn it off immediately, and either clean the dryer and vent on your own, or call a dryer repair professional to do it for you.

A Burning Smell

If your dryer is running and you smell something burning, turn off your appliance right away. A build-up of lint somewhere in the machine has most likely ignited due to your dryer overheating. Lint is extremely flammable, which is why you should always clean your dryer’s lint trap after every use. If you fail to do so, the trap won’t be able to stop lint from entering the dryer’s cabinet or the vent duct.

Long Drying Times

Damp clothing at the end of a regular dry cycle can indicate a clogged vent. Increased drying times suggest the hot, moist air your dryer is supposed to push out is trapped due to a blockage, meaning your clothing will take much longer to dry. A clogged vent isn’t just a fire hazard, it also decreases your dryer’s efficiency and puts more strain on the machine, which can significantly shorten its life expectancy. Cleaning your dryer’s vent will eliminate the risk of a fire and return drying times to normal.

Your Dryer Feels Excessively Hot

If the top of your dryer feels hotter than usual, a clogged exhaust vent is a likely culprit. The restricted air flow will cause the temperature inside your appliance to exceed its normal level, which can lead to the top of your dryer feeling hot to the touch. You may also notice the clothing coming out of your dryer feels hotter than normal. Both occurrences signal your dryer is overheating and needs a thorough vent cleaning.

Other Possible Causes Of A Dryer Fire

Although a blocked vent is one of the leading causes of dryer fires, it isn’t the only hazard that poses a serious fire risk. To make your dryer completely safe, keep the following threats in mind.

  • You should think twice before overloading your dryer. From excessive lint to clothing restricting air flow an overloaded dryer is a definite fire hazard. If you haven’t already read your dryer’s manual, do so to learn the load restrictions of your appliance.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clean and clutter free. Sweep the dust and lint from the back and sides of your appliance, and never store combustible items near your dryer.
  • If your dryer still has a plastic or foil accordion-like duct, you will want to replace it immediately with a rigid, non-ribbed metal duct. Plastic and foil ducts tend to collect lint and can become crushed due to their flexible nature, which can drastically restrict air flow.
  • Items containing foam, plastic, or rubber should not be placed in your dryer.
  • Don’t leave your dryer running when you leave your home. If a malfunction occurs and nobody is home, a small issue can quickly turn into a major disaster.

When maintained properly, your dryer is a safe appliance that shouldn’t give you many issues. Unfortunately, busy schedules can often make it hard to perform cleaning tasks, such as, removing lint from your dryer’s vent duct. If you don’t have the time to properly clean your dryer or you are concerned your appliance is malfunctioning, please contact us today for local appliance repair and we’ll be happy to help you and your appliance.