How to replace the door switch in a dryer?

To replace the door switch in a dryer:

  • Unplug the dryer from the power socket and start by removing the lint filter, followed by its housing.
  • Then, unscrew the screws to remove the top panel. In some cases, you may need to use a putty knife to pry it off the dryer.
  • The door switch is usually located near the door frame on the inside.
  • Start by disconnecting the wire harness from its assembly to remove the door switch.
  • Next, install the replacement door switch and reassemble the dryer by following the steps in reverse order.

Key Takeaways

  • The door switch is mostly located around the door opening in the front panel.
  • It is a safety feature that prevents the dryer from running when the door is open.
  • Always test the door switch first before replacing it.
  • Check if the dryer is still under warranty to avoid paying for a replacement door switch.
  • Avoid self-troubleshooting if you are not familiar with the process to prevent further damage.
  • Read the product user manual and see if there is anything mentioned related to the dryer switch.
  • You will need to detach the top panel in order to get access to the door switch.

What is a door switch in a dryer?

A door switch is a device that is used to detect whether a door is open or closed.

Door switches are often used in security systems and can be found in a variety of other applications as well.

In most cases, a door switch will consist of two parts, such as a sensor and an actuator.

The sensor detects whether the door is open or closed, whereas the actuator activates the alarm or other components when the door is opened.

In most cases, an average dryer door switch measures just over an inch long, and they are generally white in color.

Where is the door switch located in the dryer?

The door switch is usually located around the door opening in the front panel or at the top of the door opening.

It is a small, rectangular button or lever (or a switch) mounted on the door that gets pushed when the door is closed. 

It is connected to the two terminals on the opposite side, i.e., inside the dryer and to the dryer’s electrical system.

When the door is closed, the switch completes the circuit and allows the dryer to start.

You can always refer to the user manual of your dryer’s model and type to locate the door switch assembly in a better way.

In some dryers, the door switches can be found near the hinges that get pushed in as the door opens. This further disconnects the power to the dryer’s operation.

What are the symptoms of a bad door switch in a dryer?

If your dryer door switch is not working as it should, you may experience the below symptoms.

  • The dryer will not start when the door is open or closed.
  • The dryer will not stop when the door is opened.
  • The dryer will not turn on at all.

So, if you are experiencing any of these issues, it is likely that your door switch needs to be replaced.

How to test the door switch in a dryer?

The door switch can easily be tested with a multimeter.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Locate and remove the door switch.
  • Touch the multimeter’s probes to each of the door switch terminals.
  • The needle in the multimeter should move and read zero ohms of resistance if the switch is working properly.

If there is no continuity, then it means that the door switch needs to be replaced.

How to replace the door switch in a dryer?

A Phillips head screwdriver and a putty knife should do the trick to replace the door switch assembly on your dryer.

It is easy to replace the door switch, and you can do it yourself by following the below steps.

Note: The steps for replacing the door switch may be a little different depending on the type of dryer you have. Therefore, it’s recommended to read the user manual for a better understanding.

Instructions to replace the dryer door switch

Step 1: Disconnect power to the dryer

Unplug the dryer from the power outlet and then proceed with the next steps.

Step 2: Remove the access panel

You can start by taking out the lint screen and then unscrewing its mounting bracket. This step is only necessary if the lint screen doesn’t let you open the top panel.

Now, use a putty knife to pry out the top panel from its edges and lift it up to gain access to the inside of the dryer.

Step 3: Disconnect the wires

Carefully disconnect the wire harness running through the door switch assembly.

Step 4: Replace the door switch

Unscrew the faulty door switch assembly to remove it from its mounting bracket.

Then, install the replacement part and reconnect the wires correctly to their positions.

Step 5: Reassemble the dryer

Simply reassemble the dryer by reversing the above steps to check if it is working fine.

Step 6: Test the door switch

To test the replacement door switch, simply open the dryer door and press the button on the switch.

It should now make a clicking sound when pressed or released.

Finally, you can close the door and run a test cycle; the dryer should now start as usual.

How to bypass dryer door switch?

A door switch can be temporarily bypassed by removing the switch and completing the circuit with a small wire.

However, this is required only for testing and is not recommended as a permanent solution.

Door switches are inexpensive and easy to replace, so we recommend replacing the switch rather than bypassing it.

Final Thoughts

Clothes dryer door switches are tiny yet essential components.

Without a properly functioning dryer switch, your dryer will either not start at all, or it will continue running even after you have opened the dryer door.

It’s important that you co-relate the symptoms properly so that you know the exact cause of a problematic dryer.

To rule out any doubt, it’s best to test the switch by using a multimeter.

You can also open and close the door and listen for a clicking sound upon pressing or releasing the switch.

But then sometimes, the switch may produce a clicking sound and may be electrically non-functional. Therefore, it’s important to get the door switch tested using a multimeter.

Lastly, before you try to fix the dryer, you should always read the user manual and make sure it’s still under warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of replacing a dryer door switch?

You can expect to pay anywhere between $40 and $150 for a replacement door switch.

Do all dryers use the same door switch?

No, it will differ based on the make and model of your dryer. However, the mechanism used is the same.

How do you test the existing door switch in a dryer?

In order to test the door switch, you can use a multimeter and see if there is any continuity. Simply place the two terminals on either end and check if the needle moves and shows zero ohms of resistance. If the needle does not move, you will need to replace the switch.

Can a dryer run without a door switch?

Technically, you can make your dryer run without a dryer switch by closing the circuit with a wire. Having said that, it is not recommended to do so as the switch is there for safety reasons.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)