Dryer Repair- Replacing the Door Catch Kit (Whirlpool Part # 279570)

Uploaded by partselect on 28.02.2011

Hi, it’s Steve from PartSelect. Today we’re going to show you how to change the door catch
kit on your dryer. Really easy job, all we’re going to need is a putty knife, a Phillips
screw driver, pair of needle nose pliers or linesmen’s pliers. Let me show you how easy
it is.
To begin this repair obviously we need to open the door to gain access to the two components
that are in the door catch kit; there’s the strike that is mounted on the body of
the dryer, and the catch that is located in the door.
Now the strike can be removed with a pair of needle nose pliers, just squeeze the base
of it, pinch it together and rock one side out, pull it over and we’ve got the other
Now this kit comes with two strikes, it’s meant to fit a multitude of dryers, some that
will have two door catches on them. They’re both the same.
Press it firmly into the square hole, and that part is replaced. Next, we’ll look
at the catch.
To remove the catch the first thing we need to do is take these three screws that hold
the inner and outer door panels together, remove those.
Now take a stiff putty knife and pry between those two panels, separate them, the inner
& outer door.
Now with the door separated we need to push this catch out through the front, now there’s
a metal band wrapped around it with two little tabs on it that catch on the sides, the plastic
body on it has two tabs that catch the top & bottom. So what we’ll try to do is push
the bottom tab up, take the bottom through first, and then with our pliers we’ll squeeze
the top one down, all the time we’re keeping pressure on this trying to push it out through
the front. Got the top & the bottom and one side popped through now we need to depress
this tab enough and it’ll pop right out.
Now the kit supplied has three different door catches, they’re color coated and they all
have a number on the back of them. There’s instructions supplied to tell you which catch
to use to replace the one that’s on your dryer. This particular one has a number stamped
on it, which happens to be the blue one. Now to install that we need to make sure that
the catch is vertical, put it in from the front, press it into the square hole firmly.
Now with the catch firmly snapped in place we press our door back together, and reinstall
the three Phillips screws.
There, our job’s complete.
That’s just how easy it was to change the door catch on your dryer; thanks for watching,
and good luck with your repair.