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I have a whirlpool das dryer. on the top edge where the door closes there used to be a little hunk of metal that clicked in when the door was closed. its on the top right corner (the dryers right) of the door frame at first if we dident wiggle it it might not let me close thr door. now its gone and the dryer wont come on at all. what is that part and can I fix it? Thanks so much!

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Door latch kit. Easy fix.

Door latch Kit

Posted on May 22, 2011

  • elainecaroll May 22, 2011

    This is great information except this regards the middle latch and the one that is not working on mine is the one in the corner. I can see it on this machine when they take the door off in the video. Its located on the machine but not the door in the top corner.

  • Uncle Eddie May 22, 2011

    My bad. I should have remembered this as I grew up with the same dryer!

    There was a rounded metal tab that was always getting bent until it broke off. One of my first repairs.

    It's the door switch. The metal has since been changed to a plastic tab in many cases.

    DOOR SWITCH is athttp://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/D...

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Here is how you can test this.
1 Empty the dryer of clothes
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