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Whirlpool Dryer Repair – How to Replace the Push-to-Start Switch (Whirlpool # WPW10117655)


“Hi, it’s Steve. Today we’d like to show you how to change
the push-to-start relay on your dryer. It’s a really easy repair, let me show you
how we do it. Now before we begin this repair, the first
thing we’ll need to do is disconnect power to the dryer. You either pull it far enough forward that
you can unplug it or locate the electrical panel, turn off the appropriate breaker or
remove the appropriate fuses. We’ll also need access to the back of the
console so you will need to pull it far enough forward that you can remove those screws. Now that we have access to the back of the
dryer, we’re going to remove the screws that secure that back panel to the console. Just lift that panel away at the bottom down
from behind the top of the console. Then we’ll just set that aside. Now next we’re going to remove the knob from
that push to start relay. Just pull it straight off. You’ll also want to check and make sure that
the little metal insert is still intact and not stuck to the shaft on that old relay,
and also for any cracks on that knob in case that needs to be replaced as well. We’ll also need to remove the wires from the
old relay. Simply grasp that harness end and pull that
off. If it doesn’t come off easily, we can pull
that whole switch assembly out to give you a better access. Now to do that, know at the very top of that
relay there’s a little plastic tab. We want to pull back on that tab and then
just rotate that assembly either clockwise or counterclockwise about a quarter of a turn. Now we’ll release it from its opening. Then we move the wire harness. Again if it’s on there quite tight, you can
take a flat blade screwdriver and just screw down underneath the edge and pry that off. Discard the old relay. Check those terminals, make sure there’s no
signs of any irking or damage. We’ll take our new relay, we’re going to position
that in this square opening on the back of the console. We want to make sure that we line up that
locking tab to the right of it. We put that in place, we can then rotate it
counterclockwise until that tab drops into that square hole and locks it into place. Then reconnect the wires. Reposition the knob. Press it firmly onto the shaft of the relay. Now we can put the back of the console back
on. We’ll begin by tucking the top edge of that
access panel behind the lid from the control panel. Center it side to side, press the bottom into
place, and just make sure the screw holes line up we can reattach it. Now we’re ready to push the dryer back into
position. We’re now ready to push the dryer back into
position, reconnect the power, and your repair is complete.”

Bernard Jenkins

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