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Old 04-08-2019, 08:46 AM   #1
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Dryer Dead.. Cutoff Switch Responsible??


Have a generic Whirlpool Dryer... No fancy computers or anything..

It's an old used one and it always had an issue where even if you opened the dryer door, it would still spin... I assumed it was an issue with the power cutoff switch on the door, but since it worked I never paid much attention to it..

Recently it's become totally dead. No power no spinning no nuttin..

I did check the power connections both within the dryer and on the wall outlet.
They seem solid and not corroded at all..

I don't have the tools here to check voltages or such so I am going to assume for the sake of diagnostics that all plugs and power connections are good ta go..

I am thinking that the power cut off switch has finally given up all pretext of functionality.. I pulled the top cover off the dryer and pulled out the power cutoff switch and the switch tongue itself seems completely separated from the switch mechanism. No resistance (physical/mechanical not electrical) whatsoever.. Replacing the power cutoff switch seems to be my best course of action...

But is there a way I can short the connector of the power cutoff switch to confirm that it is the problem? I know it's not recommended to bypass safety features but, just for the sake of diagnostics, it would be nice to confirm that replacing the switch will fix the dryer..

Any thoughts or ideas?? Other than I am totally whacked for wanting to bypass a safety feature?? :D That's a given.. heh
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DO NOT DO THAT!
First thing, go by a real volt/ohm meter, even a cheap $15.00 one will work.
Unplug the dryer and set the meter on OHM and check the switch.
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DO NOT DO THAT!
First thing, go by a real volt/ohm meter, even a cheap $15.00 one will work.
Unplug the dryer and set the meter on OHM and check the switch.
Thanx for the input.. I know the switch is bad.. I just want to confirm it's the ONLY thing bad.. It makes little sense to waste time and money if getting a new switch will not fix the problem..
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First the door switch is not a safety device. It is simply a mechanical switch to turn off the dryer if the door is opened. Next, I seriously doubt that you have access to the door switch by removing the top. You would have to remove the front of the machine. If you remove the front and gain access to the switch you will find two wires to it. If you removed those wires, connected them together and taped them up well to avoid an electrical short, that would be equivalent to the switch and the door being closed.
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First the door switch is not a safety device. It is simply a mechanical switch to turn off the dryer if the door is opened. Next, I seriously doubt that you have access to the door switch by removing the top. You would have to remove the front of the machine. If you remove the front and gain access to the switch you will find two wires to it. If you removed those wires, connected them together and taped them up well to avoid an electrical short, that would be equivalent to the switch and the door being closed.
Thanx for the info.. I wasn't sure if the switch was open or closed as default..

The door switch on this model is on the upper right side of the dryer.. Pulling the top off gives me access to it.

I shorted the wires as you suggested and viola' ... Dryer works.. :D

Now that it's confirmed, I can order a switch and know it's not a waste of time and money..

Thanx again.. All the comments were very much appreciated..
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First the door switch is not a safety device. It is simply a mechanical switch to turn off the dryer if the door is opened....
That is precisely why the door switch is indeed a safety device. It keeps a child or anyone from getting seriously injured by getting entangled within a fast spinning dryer.

The door switch prevents that from happening on both the dryer and washing machine and they should be installed and not simply left bypassed.

Glad the OP got if figured out though.


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