How to Replace a Door Latch on a Dryer
If the door on a dryer keeps popping open and won't stay shut, it probably has a worn out door latch. The door latch consists of a striker and a catch. The catch is usually the part that goes bad on the latch assembly. A universal dryer door latch kit can be purchased for around $3. The kit includes both the striker and the catch. The new latch assembly can be installed even by a novice in about 10 minutes.
- Remove the old striker and catch with a screwdriver. The striker is the part on the door and the catch is attached to the main body of the dryer.
- Spray each part with some sort of lubricant such as WD-40. This will make it easier to insert the parts where they need to go.
- Press the catch into the cavity in the main dryer body where the old catch was removed.
- Press the striker into the cavity in the door where the old striker was removed.