The on/off switch stem broke off

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer


Level of DifficultyDifficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Wrench set
Screw drivers

Peter From AMENIA, NY

Jul 19, 2011

2 out of 3 people found this instruction helpful

That happened because the on/off selector nob broke, so I instructed my wife to use a small pair pliers to turn the stem as a work around until I could get to it (6 mos). It eventually broke off. I called a repair service that charges $90 to look at it, but cannot estimate the whole job. The dilemma is that the dryer is over five years old, so a repair costing more than a few hundred dollars is not as reasonable as buying a new dryer. What to do? I ordered the parts and diagrams on the internet. They arrived two days later. The dryer is jammed into a narrow space, so to see the two screws in the back, I needed a small mirror on telescoping wand. To get at the broken switch, I needed unscrew two "star" screws and remove the control panel facing. Not Phillips head, not a common slot head. This star screw is hard to find. I finally located it in the fastener section. I bought a bit that fit my stubby ratchet screw driver. I had to use the stubby screw driver because it was such a cramped space. I finally got at the switch, loosened one screw (hex head) and replaced the two wires on clips - no solder needed. Got a kiss and a squeeze from the missus and a load of clean clothes.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Rotary Start Switch

Part Number: PS268227

In Stock

Selector Knob with Clip

Part Number: PS271094

In Stock

Door Handle (Now subbed to HANDLE DOOR)

Part Number: PS9493077

In Stock