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How to remove the front panel of whirlpool dryer to change out door switch

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    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

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Yank out the filter, remove the top screws of filter housing. Release spring clips and raise top. Remove screws from inside frame to front panel and lift out the panel. Replace the switch.

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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FIRST UNPLUG IT!!!!! remove the lint screen remove the screws there, if no screws, still proceed take a flat screw driver on the crack of the lid in front of machine pry on both sides of it will pop up, then it will lift like a car hood, might be able to reach it from there, if not there's two screws (under the hood) then the front will come off, the drum will fall its ok, just have to put in place when you put it back together when in place hold front with knee and put screws back in (under the hood), pop cover back down and put screws back in where lint trap is, clean lint trap and reinsall. fire the puppy up

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How to Replace a Dryer Door Switch on a whirlpool

First, make sure the peg on the door that pushes the switch is in place and the two snap pegs that hold the door shut are not broken. If any of these are broken, replace them first and see if that solves your problem. If not, here's how to replace the door switch: Unplug the dryer. Pull out lint screen. Remove two screws revealed underneath. Slide a 1" putty knife between the top and cabinet at the top front corners on each side, jamb it in while tugging the top forward to release the clips, one at a time. Lift top and lean against wall. If it's a gas dryer, remove lower front panel and loosen two 5/16" hex head screws for top front panel. If electric, loosen same screws at bottom of front panel. Remove two 5/16" hex head screws holding front panel from inside near top. Carefully tilt front toward you, holding drum in place. Lift front panel slightly to disengage bottom screws and remove. Gently lower drum until it stops. Unplug two (sometimes three) wires to door switch on right side. Now the front panel is completely free. Remove two Phillips head screws holding door switch onto front panel. Reassembly is the reverse of disassembly. Make sure wiring to door switch is secured to cabinet so they don't drag on the drum, and are not pinched. Be careful realigning the drum into the door opening so felt seal is inside the front glide ring on the drum. After the front panel is in place, gently hand turn the drum to make sure it is turning properly and the belt in still hooked to the idler and motor pulleys. If the drum falls off the rear rollers, or the belt comes loose, you will have to correct it before putting the front panel back on, as you cannot reach them otherwise. Taking pictures during disassembly will help get it back together properly. It really is not as hard as it seems, you may even be able to replace the switch without removing the front panel. Also, if you have a three wire switch, write down where they go or snap a picture. If it's a two wire switch, it doesn't matter, it will work the same either way. Good luck.

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Wont start... the power comes on but when you push the start button it just beeps like the door is open. can you send me a diagram of the door switch and how to change it

IN order to change the door switch, you must remove the outer door spring that attaches the gasket to the front panel. Of course, disconnect the plug first. There are 2 screws that attach the switch to the front panel, if you remove them, it releases the switch and to access the switch, reach inside between the front panel and remove the 3 quick disconnects and the door switch is then removeable... Use caution when reinstalling the door seal and spring in order to avoid leaks. Good luck!!

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How does the front panel come off to check the heating element on a gas dryer..(.solid panel)

HI- You have to remove to top first then there are 2 screws that hold the front panel on and then the panel lifts up and out. Make SURE the dryer is unplugged when you do this. You will also have to unplug the door switch to take the panel off. As well, you can't just run the dryer with out the front panel. The belt has to be removed from the idler pulley and the door switch has to have a jumper on it so the dryer thinks the door is shut. I would not attempt any of this unless you are very handy and careful.

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How do i change the door to my whirlpool dryer

you will have to remove the front panel, to do so unplug dryer, open door and remove all screws, with a flat tip screwdriver gently pry up on the top corners, the pull panel forward and disconnect door switch, then look at the back of panel and remove old door and replace. Hope this helped tim

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How do I Get to the door switch on a Whirlpool Dryer. Model# LGO9508PWO

2 screws by the lint screen come out and the top is flipped up after releasing 2 spring clips in the front(between cabinet and top) you will then see the door switch. thenyou can remove 2 screws inside front to remove front panel

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Need to change the belt, for model # LER3624JQ0

To change the belt on a whirlpool dryer first unplug the dryer
  1. Remove the lint screen and take out the two screws.
  2. Take a 1 inch paint scraper and insert it between the top and the cabnet about 2 inches from the corner to release the spring clips holding the top in place.
  3. Swing the top back and rest it against the wall.
  4. Looking down inside holding the front dryer panel on,there is a screw on both sides. Remove these screws and tilt the dryer front forward seperating the front from the dryer drum.
  5. Mark the wires going to the lid switch and remove the wires.
  6. Lift the dryer front off and out of the way.
  7. On some Whirlpool dryers there is an access door at the rear lower corner of the dryer. Remove this door and observe how the belt goes on. If the belt is broken it is easier to replace the belt if you can access it through this panel. Some newer dryers have no panel and the belt has to be replaced from the front.
  8. Remove the drum and do a complete cleaning of all lent.
  9. Check to see that the two rollers on the rear panel of the dryer turn freely. If the don't , replace them. (Clean and lubricate the shafts.
  10. Check to see if the idler pulley moves freely. If it doesn't replace.
  11. Positoin the belt over the drum where the marks are where the old belt was and put the drum into the dryer
  12. Pinch the belt and position it threw the idler pulley and over the motor shaft pulley.
  13. Reinstall the front panel with the two screws removed. Lock the top down and reinstall the two screw from under the lint screen. Reninstall the lint screen. Plug dryer in and test.

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Drum does not turn

HI. This may be a possible belt issue. the belt may have slipped off, or failed. To access, simply, remove the access panel on the rear of the unit. Once removed, you will be able to inspect the belt location.Replace the belt, if needed.

Additionally, if the belt is ok, i would recommend to move on to the door switch. Most units are designed to not spin, if the door switch circuit has failed. Use the procedure below to test this switch.

The door switch may be accessible without removing the front panel or cabinet. The switch is located in the front panel of the dryer, around the perimeter of the door opening. Inspect the switch to determine if it can be popped out or accessed by removing a fastening screw. If it cannot be accessed from the front, it will be necessary to open the dryer cabinet. When reaching into the dryer be careful of sharp edges on the cabinet and interior supports.

Access varies by model, if your dryer has a lower front panel (kick plate) start there. It should lift up and off or it may be held in place with a few screws or snaps; it may also have a catch at the edges or center gap between the kick panel and main panel. To release the catch, push a putty knife, wrapped with masking tape, into the gap and push back the catch. The next easiest access point is the rear panel. The rear access panel is held in place with several screws along the outer edges. The last resort method of access is the removal of the entire front panel. The front panel supports the front of the drum and so removal is more difficult. Front panel removal varies. In general, access is gained by lifting the top (remove the lint trap screws first), removing the screws that secure the front panel, and detaching the panel from the drum.

Locate the door switch, it typically has two wires connected to it. Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.

Use a multimeter to test for continuity. Set the meter to the ohms setting X1. For a two wire switch, touch one probe to each terminal. You should get a reading of infinity. With the probes still in place, press and hold the switch, the reading should change to zero.

If the switch does not test as described, it should be replaced.

Now, if the door switch is ok, and operational, the motor will be the culprit.

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