Hi, it’s Jack from AustinAppliancePros. Today we’re going to show you how to change a start switch on your dryer. It’s a pretty easy job; all we’re going to need is a putty knife, maybe a small flat-blade screwdriver, and possibly a pair of needle nose pliers.
Let me show you how we do it.
The first step in this repair will be to disconnect the power to the dryer. If it has a cord on it simply unplug it from the receptacle, if it’s a hard wired dryer we’ll want to disconnect the fuses or the circuit breaker. Now the model we’re working on today is a stack version washer/dryer; we’ve taken the dryer off but the disassembly procedure should be very similar.
On this one we’ll need to remove the top; there’s a couple spring clips, depress those with a knife.
Those clips are located about three inches in on either side. Depress those, lift the top up, disconnect the ground strap, and remove the top all together. Now the switch is located right here; so what we’ll do is we’ll pull the knob off it first.
We may need a small flat blade to just gently start that switch knob off. Be careful not to damage the finish; remove the knob. Now there’s a locking tab that you need to lift up; you can pry that with a flat blade screwdriver, then we’ll rotate the switch counter-clockwise from behind, then we can pull it out far enough to remove the two wires on it.
Now we’ll remove the two wires; if they’re a little snug we can use our needle nose pliers to pull them off.
Take our new switch, reconnect the wires; if they fit a little bit loose then with our pliers just crimp them a little tighter. Now position the switch through the opening, center it, and you’ll be able to see through the opening where the two tabs line up with the slots. We’ll rotate it clockwise from behind, and make sure the locking tab drops into its slot.
Engage those two rear hinges with the slots in the top, don’t forget to put the ground strap back on, make sure it fits tight. Lower the top into position, and snap it into place. And our repair is complete.
Told you it was an easy job.
Thanks for watching, and good luck with your repair.