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Fixing a Broken Dryer Door Switch

The biggest problem with a broken dryer door switch is that you usually don’t discover it until you have a pile of soggy clothes coming out of the washing machine and a dryer that just won’t start.

How the Dryer Door Switch Works

Although the dryer door switch performs a simple function, it’s an important one. Its job is to signal to the control panel whether the dryer door is open or closed. This safety feature means that if the switch is broken, your dryer won’t work. Your dryer does not dry clothes if the door can’t shut properly or if the dryer mistakenly believes that the door isn’t shut.

Possible Quick Fixes

Fixing a switch takes time so it’s worth taking a few minutes to ensure that the switch is the problem. The first step when any appliance stops working is to check the plug and the outlet. Was the plug knocked out of the wall? This is the easiest fix for your dryer—just plug it back in. If it is plugged in, unplug it and then plug it in again. The plug may not have been in the outlet as well as it could have been.
Your clothes dryer is an energy hog, consuming a huge amount of electricity. Check your home’s circuit breaker and fuses. The breaker switch needs to be flipped. The dryer switch is usually about twice the width of the other breaker switches and should be facing the same direction as the other switches.

Professional Help

The only way to test the dryer door switch to see if it’s broken is to use a multimeter. Since most households don’t have one and many of us have no idea how to use one, it’s time to call a laundry appliance repair expert.
An expert can take a look at your dryer and pinpoint the problem. A broken dryer door switch causes the dryer to not work but a dryer that doesn’t start is a symptom of other problems as well. You may have a thermal fuse that has burnt out and needs to be replaced or a main circuit board that needs to be repaired or replaced.


Given the number of problems that can cause your dryer to stop working, it’s important to contact an appliance repair expert. Check your phone book or search the internet to find a local company.


One of the advantages of online searches is that you can read the company’s website to get a sense of their experience. Read testimonials on the site and then check independent website reviews. That way you can see what others thought of the quality of work and the pleasantness of the person doing the repairs.


Also consider a company that offers a flat rate for labour costs. There are a number of reasons that a dryer won’t start and your laundry repair expert may have to run a number of tests to pinpoint the cause of the malfunction. Fortunately, a broken dryer door switch is an easy fix so you won’t have to worry about replacing your dryer if this is the cause of the problem.


If your dryer door switch appears broken, it’s time to hang your clothes outside to dry and call an appliance repair company to fix the problem.

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