Start Switch stayed on all the time. Felt like a spring broke

ApplianceGeneral Electric Dryer


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

J From Ft Lauderdale, FL

Oct 29, 2013

First, disconnect the dryer from the outlet. I started by removing the knobs from the front, then removing the panel that covered the knobs by removing the screws on top. This requires a special star-shaped screwdriver, easy and cheap to get at Home Depot. DO NOT try using a phillips screwdriver. It will strip out the heads of the screws. Once you have removed that, disconnect the wires from the switch, noting which wire went to which connection. They're numbered 1 through 4 although you only use three of them. You will see that the switch has a skinny, narrow "tab" sticking out the side (look at the new one for reference). You will need to gently lift the end of that while "unscrewing" the switch from the panel (you might need a pair of pliers if it's rusted, but DO NOT force). Once out, just replace with the new switch, making sure to use the numbers for connections and not just where they're positioned on the back of the switch. Reassemble and you're done. It took me about 40 minutes including my trial-and-error. Using these directions, I think I could have done the whole thing in about 15-20 minutes.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Rotary Start Switch

Part Number: PS3487203

In Stock