How to Replace a Dryer Centrifugal Switch

What You'll Need
Putty knife
New centrifugal switch
Protective overalls and working gloves

A good indication that there is need to replace a dryer centrifugal switch is where by the appliance tumbles but there is not heat. This is a sign of a faulty device. However, check other components that bring are known to bring about the same problem before making a replacement. This include components such as air flow, igniter, coils, flame sensor, safety fuse, thermostat, time selector and temperature selector. A good idea is to inspect all components in the device.

Step 1 – Assemble Necessary Tools

Buy a new centrifugal switch from a hardware or home supplies store. Take care to get the correct sized device that can be easily fixed in the dryer. Get the name of the dryer and the model. This can help in buying right sized accessories to be used during repairs.

Collect necessary equipment such as screwdrivers, wrenches and protective gear.

Step 2 – Enforce Safety

Dryers are powered by gas or electricity supply. Do not work on the appliance while it is still connected to a power outlet. Switch of the dryer and unplug it from power outlet.

Step 3 – Dismount Dryer

Use a screwdriver to remove the outer panel of the dryer, loosen the screws and carefully lift of the lid and place it is a safe position. This makes it possible to access the centrifugal switch located near the motor.

Step 4 – Disassemble Rear Panel

Use a screwdriver to remove the rear panel from the dryer. Always place screws from the appliance in a safe location. Take a note where each set has been removed, this makes it easy when reassembling the appliance.

Step 5 – Locate the Motor

The drum can be accessed by dismounting the lint, use screws to loosen the component and gently place it in a safe position. This can be done by using a putty knife to press the top part of the dryer and the body to loosen retaining clips.

Step 6 – Remove Old Centrifugal Switch

  • Use a putty knife to remove the toe panel from the appliance. It can be used to hold down the clips and then removing the toe panel. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws positioned at the corners of the panel. Locate the motor and remove the old switch.
  • Inspect other components in the dryer as well. Look out for dust or dirt build, remove debris using a brush. Check for torn or worn out devices, if necessary make the required replacement. This can include replacing drive belt and oiling the motor.
  • Take the new centrifugal switch and place it in position. Make sure it is fixed properly and secure it in position.  
  • Reassemble the device and check whether all devices are fastened in the appliance. Plug the appliance to a power supply and turn on the switch.