stem broken off switch

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer


Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver

Robert From Pembroke, NH

Mar 29, 2013

We negotiated with the previous owner of our house to leave the washer and dryer. After about a year the knob cracked, causing the plastic knob to just spin rather then starting the dryer. My fix was a pair of pliers to grab the little stem and start the dryer. I would get around to getting a new knob someday... Worked very well for about 18 months, then my wife went to start the dryer and the little stem broke off. I tried glue, but nothing held. This part is held on by one little bolt under the switch, and a little metal tab on the top. There are only two wires with little clips. Since it would be several days before the new part arrived, I put the wires back on, just so I would not mix them up when I got the new part. Got the new part, hooked up the wires, stuck the switch in there, tightened up the bolt, took back out the bolt, remembered that little metal clip at the top, hooked that in there, reinstalled the bolt and was ready go to. Put the back on (about 5 screws, same size head as the little bolt holding the switch), pushed the new knob on and my wife gave me a kiss. I gave it an easy rather than really easy because you do have to get behind the machine (pull out the machine if you have room) and then it figure out that the little bolt under the switch is what is holding it in. Small space, and you can not really see it, so just feel around, it is there someplace. I used a socket set rather than a nut driver. Probably would have been easier if I had the right size nut driver handy, but had my socket set with an extension that fit in there fine (so I said nut driver above rather then socket set).

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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