How to Fix a Dryer Door

The dryer door is an important piece this this appliance. Not only does it prevent clothes from falling out, it engages the dryer switch allowing the drying cycle to start. Before assuming the dryer door is the cause why the dryer will not start, be sure to check for any blown fuses. If the fuses are not blown, the dryer door and dryer switch will have to be repaired or replaced. Fixing a dryer door is a simple do-it-yourself job that should only take about 20 minutes.

Fixing the Latches

If a dryer door doesn't work properly, the dryer won't run.

Open the dryer door. Inspect to see if anything is caught in the path of the door that might cause the door to keep popping open. Tighten the latch screws with the Phillips-head or flat head screwdriver. Check to see if that was the problem.

Remove the single latch or multiple latches from the drying machine by turning the screws holding the latches in place counterclockwise with a screwdriver. Discard the old latches.

Insert the replacement latch or latches in the same position as the previous latches. Replacement latches can be purchased at appliance hardware stores. Screw the latch screws clockwise until they are firmly in place. Close the dryer door to ensure the latches are working properly.

Replacing Door Switch

Unplug the drying machine for safety purposes.

Open the dryer door. Locate the door switch and actuator lever, which pushes in the switch when the door is shut allowing the drying cycle to start. The switch and lever normally come together as a set of replacement parts.

Unplug the wires of the switch that are connected to the dryer. Unscrew the screws holding the switch in place with the Phillips-head or flat head screwdriver depending on the make and model of the dryer.

Insert the replacement switch and lever in place. Turn the screws clockwise until they are snug. Reattach the switch wires to the dryer.

Plug the drying machine back into the wall outlet. Close the dryer door and test the switch and lever to make sure it is properly working.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Replacement latch
  • Replacement door switch


  • Always unplug the dryer when making general repairs to prevent an electrical shock.

About the Author

Vincent Labbate has been writing online articles since 2010. He contributes to websites such as eHow and Answerbag on topics including hobbies, automobiles and business. Labbate has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from St. John's University.

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