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dryer not working on stackable kenmore washer dryer model 417.94812301

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the dryer does not work unless you put pressure on the outside of the door.  I thought I needed a new door switch, and ordered  part 3406107 switch-door from Sears.  I removed the front panel of the dryer, and the control panel, but could not find the door switch.  Now I'm not sure if I even have the right part.  If I do, how do I get to the switch to replace it.   If I don't, do I just need a door latch?

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360561 is the dryer door switch.

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its located right below the door latch

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You are a big help!  can I just pop the old switch out with a screwdriver?

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better if you pop it out from the inside...need to squeeze to 2 gold prongs to release it.

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it looks like I have to take the front panel off of the dryer.  do you know if this has to be completely removed?

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yep, and it best to get up on a step stool so when you go to reinstall the front you can make sure the tub sits on top of the pads on the upper felt.

do you know how to remove the front or do you need directions?

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I am completely winging it.  is this something I should really have the repairman do, or can someone who is fairly mechanically inclined handle this.   and yes, if you have directions on how to remove the front  panel, that would be great.  I had everything disassembled last week before I found out I had the wrong switch.  don't know if I have to tear it all down.  had a little trouble getting the dryer drum to align with the front when Iput it back together.

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remove the 3 0r 4 screws that hold the front on at the top of the machine.

remove the 2 screws and panel that is in between the washer and dryer

under the control panel remove the first screw on each end

on the end caps of the control panel underneath there is a small phillips screw on each side...remove them

the control panel can now be removed by sliding down about 1/2" and pulling out (might be stuck...just shake it a lil bit)you can just let the control panel hang down.

unplug the wire connector on the left hand side that is hold that end of the control panel up ( either has 2 or 3 wires)

remove the 2 screws that are holding the bottom of the front to the cabinet (1 on each side)

pull front off...replacing the switch is self explantory

reassemble in reverse order making sure that the top of the front (where you removed the screws) is on top of the sheet metal top cover and not underneath it.

Holla if you get lost.

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I just got back in town and this is my wake up in the morning project.  you've been a big help.  should be easy to replace the light bulb too, once that front panel is off.   I'll let you know when I'm done,just so you'll know.  thanks again for being so helpful.

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glad to help

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your instructions made it a lot easier to take off the front of the machine, thanks.  I changed the dryer switch, and put the new light in.  after I reassembled, the dryer made a little bit of noise, and the light didn't work, so I took it apart again.  the wires for the light were attached tight, so they may have shipped me a bad light, or the wires may be bad.  I made sure the drum was sitting on the felt, and reassembled.  light still does not work, and the dryer still makes a little brushing noise on one side of the rotation.  I'll keep playing with it to see if I can get it quieter.  any tips?

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Are all the of the plastic pads still attached to the upper felt strip? Did you ever completely remove the top panel before? May be on upside down. Also are all the screws in that top panel? Very important on this unit to keep the cabinet square....it has a tendency to flex and the drum will rub against the sides of the cabinet and the top....also don't store anything on top, it will cause the top to bow having the same effect.

If you have a meter you can check the light bulb to see if its good or not as well as if getting power.

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