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The knob stem that for the turn on knob broke

The knob that just turns on the dryer broke off at the bottom of the plastic stem - there is not even enough stem left to use plyers to turn it- the rest of the 10 year old dryer works beautifully- g e - can this kind of problem be fixed?

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  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    so it looks like from the website i need a rotary start switch- is this hard to install? the model # is dbxr453gt3ww- g e dryer- where would i go to get installation/repair instructions?

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Hello keppoet,
Since you only provided a brand and not a model number, I cannot track down the exact control knob that you require but here is a link to a website that you can use to get that part yourself. If this fails to provide the right info, please include the model number with the GE Brand next time..
Hope this helps you.. Here is the link http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/smartsearch.aspx
Regards,
Rick

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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