If your drying door does not close, the problem may be associated to a broken or damaged door catch or strike. This problem is easy to
fix. We think that if you follow the step by step instructions given below,
you will be able to identify and fix the problem.
- 1Repair your dryer free: Find if you have warranty for your dryer. If you bought your dryer within
one year, it is most likely that you have warranty. Most appliance manufacturers provide one year
free warranty. If you have warranty, call the company and get your dryer fixed. If you do not
have warranty and do not want to spend too much money, you will have to spend some time to identify and
possibly fix the problem. The steps below will guide you through the process of identifying and fixing the problem.
- 2Inspect door catch and strike: In general, all dryer doors use a mechanical device called door catch and strike assembly to keep the door closed. This device is normally made of plastic or metals. When you close the door the strike goes into the catch and keeps the door closed. If either of the catch and strike is broken or damaged, the door will not stay closed. Inspect which part (catch or strike) is broken or damaged or deformed.
- 3Buy door catch/strike kit: Go to your local appliance parts store and buy a dryer catch/strike kit. They are standard in size. In general, any kit will work. However, if you can find a catch/strike kit for your brand, buy the one for your brand. You can also buy this from online stores. If you ask the sales person, sometimes they will show you how to install the door catch and strike.
Install the door catch/strike kit:
By using pliers, you can pry out the bad door catch/strike assembly in most of the dryers. It is a good idea to study instructions or picture of the assembly before you start working on the dryer. Be careful, putting excessive pressure on the catch or strike may damage your dryer. In some dryers, the catch may be located under the door lining. Install the catch/strike kit by inserting them in the correct hole. Call a qualified appliance repair technician if you think that you will not be able to fix the problem.