Dryer Repair- Replacing the Push-to-Start Switch (Whirlpool Part # 3977456)

Uploaded by partselect on 21.09.2011

Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re going to show you how to change the push to
start switch on your dryer. It’s a really easy job; all we’re going to need is a Phillips
screw driver and a pair of needle nose pliers. Let me show you how we do it.
Now the first step in this repair will be to disconnect the power; if your dryer has
a cord on it simply remove it from the socket, and if it’s hardwired locate the breaker
and turn that off.
Next we’ll want to pull the knob off of the push to start switch. Just pulls straight
Next we’re going to remove the two end caps. Just lift up on the top, and then tilt forward,
and unhook it from the bottom. There’s a little tab on the bottom and two on the top
that hold it in place.
This will give us access to two Phillips screws, one on each side; simply remove those two
Now grasping both sides of the control panel housing just pull it forward and rotate it
Next we’ll remove the two wires from the push to start switch, just use a pair of needle
nose pliers.
There’s a small locking tab on the assembly there; we need to pull that upwards, disengage
it, and lift the switch out. There’s a little tab in the front that it hooks into and a
locking tab on the bottom.
Install the new switch, hook the top portion in first; we need to make sure that the shaft
is through the hole in the front first and then engage the locking tab in the rear.
Reinstall the two wires; if they appear to be a little bit loose then just tighten up
the terminal with a pair of needle nose.
Then we’ll rotate the console forward again; we have to engage these two tabs on both sides
in the slotted holes in the main top; push it back into place, then we’ll secure it
with the Phillips screws; these screws thread into a nylon insert so take care not to over
tighten them and possibly strip them.
Next we’ll engage the end caps on the bottom first, and then just snap them into place.
And replace the knob. Make sure that the metal insert on the knob came off with the old knob
and is not stuck on the old switch.
We can reconnect the power, and our repair is complete.
Told you that was an easy job. Thanks for watching, and good luck with your repair.