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Latch for my dryer

The latch to keep the door closed on my dryer broke need to replace it

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If you post brand and model I can usually get you the part number and suggest several sites to purchase.

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Try eBay, or one of the online appliance parts stores. They have been quite helpful to me.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015

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SOURCE: kenmore 90 series gas dryer door will not stay closed

try adjusting the door

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Door won't fully latch, light stays on, dryer won't function

There is typically a small plastic piece that catches the door and keeps it latched. The door has the male side and the frame of the dryer has the female side.

Either the male part on the door has broken off (or bent) or the the female part on the frame has broken. Replace this part and you'll be back in business. It is typically called a door latch and it comes with both the male and female parts.

Here is a picture
of a typical one.


Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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SOURCE: Door won't latch, interior light stays on, dryer will not start

it appears that someone bent the door or the hinge. that is my first guess.

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SOURCE: broken latch on dryer door

buy new latch and striker. cheap.

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SOURCE: My Kenmore 90 dryer door keeps popping open

best way is to take door off and take it apart, metal tabs inside hold firm to door body.

Posted on May 03, 2009

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