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PartSelect Number PS3487203
This part is used to start the dryer once you have selected a setting on the timer. The terminal locations on the new switch may be different, match up terminal numbers from old switch to new.
This part works with the following brands: GE, Hotpoint & Kenmore.
This part fixes the following symptoms:
The repair would have been extremely easy, if only the part was correct. The original starter switch was discontinued-WE4M402, which had 4 prongs to connect to my dryer's 4 electrical wires. The manufacturer substituted a new part-WE4M519, which has only 3 prongs. PartSelect suggested I contact GE and ask what I should do to properly connect the starter switch. The GE help was totally useless, just repeating that the original part was discontinued and a new substitute part was issued; they could not provide any information as to how to install a switch that previously required 4 electrical wires but now only provides for 3 electrical wires. Of course GE would be happy to schedule a service call and have a repairman come out.
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removed the facia and removed the switch
First thing I did was find out the model and serial #'s of the dryer. I went to a major store to see if they had the part, found out that it had to be ordered and mailed to me. I decided to do it myself, I found your website and I ordered the part. I saved $10.00 by doing this. The part was very easy to remove and install. I just had to remove a small clamp that held the part on to the machine and make sure the 3 wires were secured after I installed the new part. Thank you!
with a pair of pvc pipe pliers,I loosened the Spray arm and replaced with the new one.Soap residue had built up inside and would come out on the clean dishes due to a worn plunger from an earlier repair.Also fixed the dryer start switch in 5 min thanks to the info from this site.
It turns out the back of my dryer timer knob was cracked, so everytime I would turn it it would just slip to any setting/time. This was just the matter of pulling out the knob & pushing in the new one. The other issue I had was my dryer would always run without having to start it. This is because the rotary "start" switch was bad. It just took a philips screwdriver to take the backsplash off the dryer to replace the switch. So easy my wife or kids could've done this!!
Remove top control panel, disconnected wire from old switch to new switch (remover 1 wire at time so it would not get mixed up)twisted old switch out inserted new switch and replaced control panel now works like it should. I thought it might would be a safety issue is why I replaced it
The part came today…and I installed it in 10 minutes. The only time consuming part was locating a torx screwdriver which was needed to remove the panel.Lifted the panel, extracted the existing switch anddisconnected the wires and used a flathhead screwdriver to lift off the existing switch. Reconnected the new piece, and voila my dryer worked!Your site is great!
It's no surprise that GE would use cheaply made parts in such a mass produced product, but it was irritating to see the start switch fail just fourteen months after purchasing the dryer. I am glad that a little thought was put into an easy snap and twist installation of the control panel switches. The original switch failed, due to arcing and pitting of the contact points no doubt, and the local parts house didn't even recognize the part, let alone have it in stock. Thanks to PartSelect.com I could have the part in just a couple of days!The panel comes appart with just four star driver screws on top, but an allen wrench will work also. Wire jumpers with spade connectors are pulled apart and reattached with needle nose pliers.In the mean time to keep the dryer operational, I did some creative "re-assigning" of some of the control panel jumper wires using the switch that controled the "Wrinkle Care" setting as a temporary Start Switch as it had the same current handling limits. By the way before attempting such a temporary bypass setup, consider not voiding any warrantee arrangement still applying to the product and have some basic electronics and safety knowledge, study the provided schematic well attached to the back panel and remember to write down all of the original wire connections. And when in doubt, calling a qualified GE appliance repair person is your best and safest bet.New part went right in in about 15 minutes with original wiring restored and double-checked and the dryer is running right on que again.Thanks PartSelect.com!
Removed back top of dryer and popped switch out removed one wire at a time and connected to new switch then popped in the new switch and turned until it snapped in. Put cover back on and knob plugged in and worked like new 5 minute job saved paying someone to come out.
Took the front plate of the top of the dryer and then tried to fit the new switch. Unfortunately as there were no instructions on how to fit it my husband took the switch off the backing plate, and then realised his mistake. So he had to order another one. When that arrived it took all of 5 minutes to fit. It was an expensive and unnecessary mistake.
Turned breaker off in electrical panel. First removed all knobs.Removed four screws and removed panel.Removed wires from terminals and switch twisted off. Installed new switch,replaced wires on terminals.Put panel back in place with four screws,then replaced knobs.Turned breaker back on and started dryer with start switch,worked great.
removed 4 screws from top of control panel. pulled 3 knobs off. removed face cover. unplugged damaged unit. twisted unit to right and removed. installed new unit. plugged in wiring. replaced panel. replaced screws and knobs.
used the allen wrench to take off the cover disconnected the three wires twisted off the old switch put on the new one connected the wires back put the back cover on started the dryer up and i was all done.
The biggest challenge was figuring out how to remove the defective starter switch. By searching the internet I found someone describing the same problem and that you had to turn in counter-clockwise to remove it.
Ordered and replaced the starter switch. Ordering was easy, just entered the model # and got a diagram of the dryer, selected the started switch and place the order. The switch arrived a few days later. It was the right switch and installation was easy. Dryer is working fine.
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