Whirlpoo Dryer Door will not stay closed

Old 12-06-04, 11:31 AM
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Whirlpoo Dryer Door will not stay closed


I have a Whirlpool Gas Dryer. The door will not close properly or if it does it immediately pops open a little so I can not dry clothes. Any suggestions?

Old 12-06-04, 07:37 PM
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Hello Rosemary. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Several possible causes may be the problem.

One possible cause is the hinges are bent slightly.
This can happen when clothes get stuck in the door frame and the door is forced shut. Or if the door was opened too far or forced to open too much.
The hinges would than have to be replaced.

Another may be the hinges are loose.
A screw driver would than be used to tighten up the loose screws.

The magnet in the door frame and the metal plate on the door to not line up.
Which indicates the door is bent or the metal plate is loosened, etc. A small screw secures it. May be loose or slipped out of position.

Some dryer doors use nylon pins that fit into a slot in the door frame. Check for any broken parts on that type of door locking device.

In rare cases, back pressures from the fan blower when the dryer is operational, can cuase the door to pop open slightly. Which would indicate a restricted venting system. The entire venting system would than have to be cleaned out to allow the fan to easily blow out the exhausted air.

Whirlpool's Home Web Site:

Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem. Dryer help info: http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159481

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It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection, servicing and or repairs.

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