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The door doesn't seem to be engaging the sensor to let the dryer know that the door is closed. If I push on a certain spot on the door, it will turn on but it stops soon after I release. It seems like the door is a little loose on top. how do I tighten it or do you have any other suggestions?

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Look closely at the latch on the door. it could be the door is slightly twisted. Grab the bottom of the door with one hand and pull towards you as you push forwards on the top of the door. If it is ok and the switch inside the frame is not loose you are going to have to replace the switch

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