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Door interlock safety switch tab is broken

Where can I get the part in Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR? Presume I must take top off -- Does it pop off with spring clips, or are there concealed screws?

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The top pops up. Insert a screw driver into the slot about 1 inch below the top. It hinges at the back. There are springs on the left and right.

BE SURE TO DISCONNECT POWER BEFORE SERVICING!

Try Sears Parts Direct, or you can look up the closest parts and service center from that web page.

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Dryer will not start.It has power and has power to on off switch only one side. I have no manual or wiring diagram


Check that the dryer light if equipped goes out when dryer door is closed. The interlock safety switch is a common failure and will prevent the dryer from operating if defective. Also the tab can easily be damaged. Try operating by hand ans listen for a distinctive click.
No click no run

Hope this helps?

Jan 11, 2016 | Dryers

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Kenmore dryer wont start tab broken


Yes that is the lever for the door safety switch. It can be fixed easily,
I have repair pictures and home made video on Kenmore dryers HERE

Dec 02, 2012 | Kenmore Dryers

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I slammed the door on my kenmore elite now it won't start


Hi,
Well, don't blame yourself for slamming the door. They were made for it.
The most common cause of failure when this happens is the door switch and the door switch actuator.
Here is how you can test these parts:
1 Empty the dryer of clothes
2 Locate the door switch actuator. it will be over along the top edge of where the door closes, just inside the lip. There will be a little (3/8th inch wide) metal tab covered in plastic. The is the actuator the is mounted to the electrical door switch. The door switch is a valuable safety device that prevents children, pets and adults from loosing limbs and other things in a spinning dryer. DON'T BYPASS IT.
3 The tab may simply be broken off. If you can push the piece and hear a clicking sound, it means the switch is probably good but the tab is not.
4 To test this push the tab in or jam a ball point pen in there until it clicks, turn the dryer timer on and push the start button. It it comes on, that was the issue.
WARNING: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER PUT YOU ARM INTO A SPINNING OPEN DRYER DOOR.
JUST DON'T DO IT. IT CAN RUIN YOUR DAY.
5 If you push the tab and get no click but a sort of springy action. The switch is broken.
Usually the switch replacement kit has both the metal tab and the switch.
That is usually it.
If you can supply me with the model number of the dryer, I can help you locate the right part and give some instruction on how to do it.
Hope this helps,
Best Regards,
Mark

Feb 21, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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My dryer does not turn on. I have power to the plug but the when I set the timer and then push the start button nothing happens (drum does not turn nor does it heat). The plug is fine and wires to the...


Hi Ken,
I recently wrote a short article about this for someone. I'll insert it here for you.
I would like to know what you found.
Best Regards,
Mark

Here it is.

When most Whirlpool dryers do not turn on at all. The most common cause of failure is the door switch and the door switch actuator.
Here is how you can test this.
1 Empty the dryer of clothes
2 Locate the door switch actuator. it will be over along the top edge of where the door closes, just inside the lip. There will be a little (3/8th inch wide) metal tab covered in plastic(or a plastic tab). This is the actuator that is mounted to the electrical door switch. The door switch is a valuable safety device that prevents children, pets and adults from loosing limbs and other things in a spinning dryer. DON'T BYPASS IT.
3 The tab may simply be broken off. If you can push the piece and hear a clicking sound, it means the switch is probably good but the tab is not.
4 To test this push the tab in or jam a ball point pen in there until it clicks, turn the dryer timer on and push the start button. It it comes on, that was the issue.
WARNING: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER PUT YOU ARM INTO A SPINNING OPEN DRYER DOOR.
JUST DON'T DO IT. IT CAN RUIN YOUR DAY.
5 If you push the tab and get no click but a sort of springy action. The switch is broken.
Usually the switch replacement kit has both the metal tab and the switch.
That is most often it.
If you can supply me with the model number of the dryer, I can help you locate the right part and give some instruction on how to do it.
Best,
Mark

Jan 24, 2011 | Whirlpool Dryers

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My Whirlpool just quit it just won't turn on was working just fine is this something i can fix myself?


Hi,
When most Whrlpool dryers do not turn on at all. The most common cause of failure is the door switch and the door switch actuator.
Here is how you can test this.
1 Empty the dryer of clothes
2 Locate the door switch actuator. it will be over along the top edge of where the door closes, just inside the lip. There will be a little (3/8th inch wide) metal tab covered in plastic. The is the actuator the is mounted to the electrical door switch. The door switch is a valuable safety device that prevents children, pets and adults from loosing limbs and other things in a spinning dryer. DON'T BYPASS IT.
3 The tab may simply be broken off. If you can push the piece and hear a clicking sound, it means the switch is probably good but the tab is not.
4 To test this push the tab in or jam a ball point pen in there until it clicks, turn the dryer timer on and push the start button. It it comes on, that was the issue.
WARNING: NEVER, NEVER, NEVER PUT YOU ARM INTO A SPINNING OPEN DRYER DOOR.
JUST DON'T DO IT. IT CAN RUIN YOUR DAY.
5 If you push the tab and get no click but a sort of springy action. The switch is broken.
Usually the switch replacement kit has both the metal tab and the switch.
That is usually it.
If you can supply me with the model number of the dryer, I can help you locate the right part and give some instruction on how to do it.
Hope this helps,
Best Regards,
Mark

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Drum won't turn


Your belt is broken. Pop open the top ... use a screw driver. remove the front panel (2 screws) ... be careful of the wires for the door safety switch. the drum will fall free. Put the new belt around the drum and through the tensioner on the floor ... around the motor pulley. Reassemble the machine.

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