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Dryer door not closing

Common reasons your dryer door not closing

The most common reasons your dryer door is not closing are a bent door hinge, worn door seal or a defective power supply board.

  • 67%

    67% of the time it's the
    Door Hinge

  • 12%

    12% of the time it's the
    Door Seal

  • 4%

    4% of the time it's the
    Power Supply Board

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Common dryer repair parts you may need

    Replacing one of these dryer parts may fix your problem.

    Door Hinge Replacement

    If your dryer door will not close, inspect the door hinge for any signs of bending or damage. A bent hinge may prevent the door strike from engaging with the door catch, thus failing to secure the door shut during operation. Repairing or replacing a faulty hinge and adjusting the door to ensure proper closure can be a challenging task. If you encounter difficulties with your dryer door closure, it's best to seek assistance from a Sears Home Services Technician to resolve the issue.


    Door Seal Replacement

    A deteriorated door seal may become loose and bunch up, hindering the closure of the dryer door. Positioned either around the exterior of the door or encircling the drum opening, the door seal serves to contain heat during drying cycles. Over time, wear and tear can compromise its effectiveness. If you encounter difficulty in closing your dryer door, examine the door seal for signs of excessive wear or damage. For worn or damaged door seals, enlist the assistance of a Sears Home Services Repair Expert to facilitate replacement.

    Power Supply Board Replacement

    If there's a problem with the power supply board, it can lead the electronic control board to perceive that the dryer door isn't properly closed. Even if the door appears shut, the dryer won't initiate its cycle unless the electronic control board registers the door as closed. A malfunctioning power supply board may cause the electronic control board to erroneously detect an open door situation. If your dryer fails to start and indicates an open door despite being closed, it's advisable to summon a Sears Home Services Technician to assess the situation. If deemed necessary, the technician will replace the defective power supply board.

    What to expect when you experience a dryer door not closing issue

    How to fix a dryer door not closing problem

    Addressing the majority of issues with doors not closing typically entails replacing either the door hinge, door seal, or power supply board. Nevertheless, since various factors could be at play, conducting a comprehensive diagnosis is crucial for resolving the issue effectively. A precise diagnosis is vital for determining the extent of the repair needed.

    Sears Home Services provides recommendations for a dryer door that is not closing

    When the dryer door doesn't close, several factors could be responsible. To prevent unnecessary part replacements, we suggest having a Sears Home Services expert conduct diagnostic tests to pinpoint the underlying issue accurately. Our technicians possess extensive experience in diagnosing various dryer malfunctions.

    What to examine with a dryer door not closing diagnosis

    Diagnosing issues with modern appliances can be challenging without the right expertise and training. Attempting repairs without employing proper diagnostic methods often leads to replacing parts based on guesswork. Over the past decade, appliances have advanced significantly, with many models incorporating intricate electronic components that are not easy to assess. As a result, DIY repairs on newer appliance models are becoming more complex.

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