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Kenmore dryer door

I need to switch sides from which the door opens. It looked simple but once I got the door off it seems more complicated. Does anyone know how to do this?

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Yes u need a phillips head screw driver take the door hinge off and the whole door comes off there are i think six small screws around the plastic take only those off then the plastic will seperate from the metal frame then all you do is switch door hinge sides and reverse the removal no beware once switched u have a very good chance that the door will not close the same or as well as before u have to play with the adjustment of the hinge the best u can after that u can grab the door close to the hinge and very gently but firmly pull up on the door to adjust it but do beware that the hinge can and will break under to much pressure

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First, turn off the breaker to the dryer and/or unplug it from the power outlet. Then you can remove the top panel, by using a small, sturdy plastic or metal putty knive topush in the retaining clips that hold the top to the main cabinet.

Get down and look at the edge under the top (about an inch from the top surface) and there should be (2) indents near each side of the top that you'll use the putty knive to push in the retaining clips to release the top. Once both are released, you can tip up the top and get at the door switch.

Once you've done that, you can remove the faulty door switch and unplug the connector and put in the new switch and put everything back together.

Here's a line drawing that shows your dryer and the parts list (with the switch you need) to help you with the process.

This will save you quite a bit of money, versus having a service tech come out to do this rather simple repair.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!
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