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Need to replace Start Switch/interupt on front panel

Frigidaire GLEQ642A electric dryer. Need to get to the inside of the front panel. There doesn't seem to be panel screws, so how do I get the panel off ?

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  • ahhcmonpam Jan 24, 2009

    My dryer was working perfectly. I opened the door to take some laundry out damp, closed the door and tried to switch it back on, but nothing happened. Made sure there was nothing obstructing the barrel. Moved the barrel forward to make sure it wasn't stuck. Unplugged it then plugged it in several hours later. It must be the switch on the front panel. Not sure how to replace it!

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Unplug your dryer (seriously, don't forget to do this.)

Using a thin screwdriver or putty knife and a cloth (to protect the painted surface) insert the screwdriver between the lid on the front left, then right and pry the lid up. There are no screws to remove to get the lid up, just two spring clips. Lift the lid and allow it to lean back. It will stay there nicely, but be careful that the lid does not get pushed back down with your fingers in there.

On the right hand side, there are two (white) connectors that you need to pull apart. With good light, you will see where to press to open them. You can not re-connect them wrong.

Look down inside the front of the lid-less dryer on the left then right side, you will see one Philips screw on each side that needs to be removed.

With the screws removed, pull forward on the front panel untill some clips release and the panel leans forward.

The bottom of the front panel sit on clips that do not need to be removed. You simply list the whole front panel straight up and you can then turn it around to get at the switches.

Hey, while you have the front off, vacuum the inside and pull all the lint out of the area beneath the lint screen which is all located on the front panel.

Inspect the belt, looking for wear. You can turn the drum easily with your hands. Also, the drum light is probably burned out. They ship with a lame night light that burns out really fast. I went to Home Depot and found an LED replacement (with the proper size base) which I am confident will last a long time.

Hope this helps.


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