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.

If the dryer door won't stay shut, replace the door latch.
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Press the catch into the cavity in the main dryer body where the old catch was removed.

  4. Press the striker into the cavity in the door where the old striker was removed.

About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.