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Dryer Door Won't Stay Shut? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Dryer Door Won't Shut? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know


A dryer door that won't shut or latch completely is one of the most common problems that can occur with your appliance. This issue can be caused by accidentally shutting the door with too much force, or may simply result from worn down components. Thankfully, the problem is easy to diagnose and repair with these helpful hints from our friends at Sears Parts Direct.


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Potential Fixes



Replace the Dryer Door Catch

A properly functioning catch component will keep the door securely closed throughout each drying cycle by applying pressure to the door strike. The dryer door catch is generally attached to the front panel, but it also can be found on the actual door in some models. If the strike that connects the catch is in good condition but the door still won't stay closed, it's time to replace the catch.


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Dryer Door Strike

Replace the Dryer Door Strike

The dryer door strike is one of two components that need to be in good working order for the dryer door to stay securely closed. It will be located either on the front panel or on the door itself, depending on the placement of the door catch. While it's more likely that the slightly more complex catch component will be damaged, a faulty or missing strike can be easily inspected and replaced.


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