Question about Whirlpool Dryers
**UNPLUG THE DRYER**
now, check the door switch. do you hear it click when you open and close the door ? or can you physically push the switch actuator in and hear it click ? if no, it may be toast, you'll have to examine it further. if you have a multi-meter/ohm meter, at rest you should have continuity between the "C" and "NC" and btween "C" and "NO" when the switch is held closed (pushed in). you should only have to lift the top up to gain access to this part. if your unit has the lint screen at the top, pull it out and you'll see two screws. remove them, then locate the hold down clips at the front between the top and front panel seam. using a puddy knife, push forward on these clips while lifting up on the top, it should release and flip up to expose the drum, and switch etc. **note if you see a belt around the drum, great. if not, you need a belt and that is likely the source of it not starting. (you may also grab the back of the top and pull towards you and lift, the top will lift up)
belt replacement # will depend on your model. most common are 337019, 337388, and 661570.
switch replacement numbers, newer style #3406107 old style comes in a kit #279347. (some outlets will sell an after market switch individually by manufacturers such gemline, u-line etc, you may have to ask, I don't recall the part number off hand).
This switch controls the light as well as shutting off the unit if door is ajar/or faulty switch.
it may also simply be a wire got severed by rubbing against the drum or something along those lines. check the wires gong to the switch. (don't rule out the possibility the belt broke and the light not working is a seperate issue...like a burnt out bulb. check the bulb too).
hope that helps,
Posted on Sep 27, 2009
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