Level of DifficultyEasy
Time to do repair15 - 30 mins
Age of Appliance5 - 10 years
Unscrewed the back cover of the control console.
Unscrewed the one screw holding the facia plate to the control console at center of timer switch, then removed the start control knob and the heat selector control knob. Had to use a flat blade screw driver to wedge the heat selector knob off its spindle.
Although all screws removed, unable to remove facia plate due to plastic strip beneath it. Tried to remove the strip, held in by four tension points - one each end and two along the middle. Could not remove it without breaking the securing points off the back of the strip in the middle (plastic also).
After strip came off, easy to remove the facia. Identified the proper location of wiring attached to defunct start switch, and then removed the switch by turning clockwise a short distance.
Inserted the new switch, turned counterclockwise til it snapped into position.
Reversed steps to re-attach facia and back cover of control console. Despite the broken prongs in the middle, the plastic strip under the facia still stays in place by tension and is secured on the ends, so looks unnecessary to replace it. Bad design to not let you see how it is attached before you have to break it to get it loose!
Cleaned all surfaces and tested new start switch, which worked perfectly first try. Re-attached venting duct and repositioned dryer next to washer. Task completed.