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Two things. 1. the dryer does not shut off when the door is opened. 2. I changed the light bulb, still does not work, and now the door will not fullly close and latch.

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Your door switch is stuck in the closed position
replace that and you should be ok
as far as closing it may be the switch stopping the door too

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