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My boy put his weight on the dryer door while taking clothes out of it. Now it won't stay closed, it keeps popping open. The whirlpool dryer is 6 months old, It's not the latch.

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Place dryer on the floor
put car jack under the opened dryer door and gentle lift the door in the opposite direction with the child sitting on the dryer when placed on the floor. Experiment - A little bit at a time test door until latch works again.
Be careful not to damage the door with too much jacking / lifting.
May want to place a piece of timber between top of jack and door to minimize damaging the door.

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