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Broken door switch

How do i replace a broken door switch on my series 80, model 110.64892401? the piece came out of the dryer and doesn't appear to be broken, but i can't figure out how to replace it. do i need to pop the lid off the dryer, and if so, how do i do that?

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On the corners of unit console ,,are plastic end caps,,pull them of with your hand ,,grasp it and tug hard,,now you see 2 a scew under each cap..remove screws ,,than flip the console back...now under the console theres three screws holding lid dowb,,remove them slide lid forward ,,,but screw for door switch are on the bottom of front door panel..always unplug first...onthejob

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My kenmore dryer 80 series electric wont turn on


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If a dryer is not working at all that's not good! But it doesn't mean you need to go appliance shopping just yet. It may be something very simple like a broken door latch, a bad door switch or even a broken door switch actuator, in a kenmore dryer there is a tab thats sticks out of a hole in the wall that allows the dryer to run only if the door is shut, other models may have button that protrudes out of the dryer and when the door is shut, this allows the dryer to run. These switches go out from time to time, also if a dryer is full of lint build-up over time this will cause the dryer high limit or fuse to blow. The fuse is located near where the blower is in most cases. When the air in the dryer gets way too hot the fuse/hi-limit will blow and the house wont burn down.

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How to replace door switch on a Kenmore 80 Series Dryer model # 110628541001


Unplug. Remove two screws under lint screen cover. Pull the top toward you one corner at a time while lifting at the same time. After lifting the top you can access the door switch.

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My Kenmore Series 90 dryer won't run as it appears the door does not hit the actuator. It would appear either the door has moved to a lower position or the actuator has moved up into the dryer. May I ask...


The door switch or actuator is broken. A common problem. On most Kenmore dryers this is replace by lifting the top. Since you haven't given the whole model number I will discuss raising the top on the most common model.

If your model has a lint filter at the top the slide show below should show you how to raise the top.

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Disconnect power to unit. Lift the cover from the lint filter or if yours is the one with a filter and cover together, remove the whole filter. You will see 2 screws under the cover/filter, remove them. Now, you will need a putty knife or a thin shafted straight screw driver to remove the top panel. Push the putty knife or screw driver to "pop" the front top clips. The top panel will hinge back towards the wall and can be left there. Just inside the top of the front panel, you will see 2 screws, remove them. You will see the wires for the door switch on the right side. *** the top of the front panel toward you to gain access to the switch for replacement.

Reverse process for reassembly. Good Luck

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Check the following areas to address this issue.


1. No power to the dryer
Make sure there's power getting to the dryer. Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power with a voltmeter or by plugging something else in.

2. Door switch / Door switch actuator lever
The dryer would not start with a broken door switch. Replace the door switch if found defective.

Most dryers have a door switch actuator lever - when you close a dryer door, it presses against the lever, which actuates the door switch. If the lever is broken, the switch would not activate and the dryer would not start. Replace the lever, if broken.

Note: Door switch actuator lever usually comes with the door switch assembly and it is recommended to get the whole assembly since there is almost no price difference between the door switch assembly and just the lever. Check your model for more details.

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Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

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Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).

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Easy fix. I had the same problem on mine. You need access to the back. Remove back cover. Look at bottom left, you will see two blue wires going to a white plastic item next to one of the thermal sensors. This white plastic piece is a fuse, or fusible link if you like. I'm not sure what the rating is, but you can take the old one to a parts store. They can match it. Now, why did it blow? Well, if the dryer is old, it could be just worn out. But more than likely, one of your 230 volt lines has degraded due to a bad connection, thus drawing more amps, thus blowing the fuse. Look at where the power cord comes in at. Is there any discoloration or oxidation at the terminals? If so, replace the power cord at this time, and try to clean up the terminals as best you can. Also, at this time, you probably better take a look at the lint collector duct running along the left side down the back. It's probably so clogged with lint that your dryer does't dry as fast anymore, and air flow from the exhaust is restricted. Take the duct off and clean it out, or blow it out with compressed air. You should be up and running now. Have fun...

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Got it. It was the door switch. I wrote that it "could suddenly break, I guess" and that's just what happened. The switch is not in the latch; there are no wires in the door. The switch is mounted on the upper right of the door frame. There's a black plastic paddle that closing the door pushes back. Ours broke off (making it harder to see). I'll order a new part, but for now, I taped a piece of plastic to the door that reaches the broken switch.

By the way, if you are new to dryer repair, as I am, you might not know that the top deck is hinged at the back. You have to pry up the front (there are two rubber restraints) after disconnecting the lint trap shaft. The door switch is easily accessible from the top (at the right). Don't forget to turn off the power.

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