04:17PM | 06/23/02
Member Since: 06/22/02
6 lifetime posts
My cat jumped up on the dryer door and it snapped, something is rattling inside of the door. It won't stay closed without propping it with a rod. Can I dismantle the door and fix it myself?


04:25AM | 06/25/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
You'll probably have to determine if you can get a replacement part for the broken hinge or bracket. If a replacement is available, then it's almost certainly possible to replace it by dismantling the door.
If you can't get a replacement part, there's no point in going any ****her.
Check with an appliance repair parts shop. Or you might try Sears_parts warehouse at http://www3.***** .com/

good grief !! they're getting crazy with the asterisks !! Change the first ****her to "further". (the U was an A)
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[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited June 25, 2002).]


02:20PM | 06/25/02
Member Since: 06/22/02
6 lifetime posts
Thank you so much for your response! But, I still guess I need to take the door apart to see what broke, no? It's not apparent from looking at the door from the outside.

Jim D

12:12AM | 06/26/02
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Hi, if the dryer door's not staying shut, it sounds like the little plastic piece the door "sticks" to popped loose and fell inside the door. There should be some sort of simple (in construction) latching mechanism that works on pressure. One part of it - the part that protrudes - is likely on the dryer, inside the area where the door closes. Then, the part it latches into is probably somewhere along the top edge or near the corner of the door. See if you can spot an opening into the door metal that lines up with some sort of protrusion from the dryer itself - that may be where the repair's needed. (My Kenmore dryer is just the opposite - the protrusion's mounted on the door and the plastic latch it works with is mounted on the dryer.)

If the dryer door can't be "split" open, then you probably won't be able to retrieve the piece that fell inside and is rattling. If you can split the door open, then you can retrieve the piece and see if it's still serviceable. (It may split open like opening some computers - loosen the two or three screws along one edge and slide the metal skin up and away from the screws. Or, you may have 4 or more screws to loosen along all edges of the door.) Either way, once you locate where the piece came out of the door, you should be able to determine what the piece probably looks like and you can then contact some local appliance repair shops to see if the part's readily available. Good luck!

Jim D/Heathsville, VA



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