Dryer door won't stay latched :-(

by CK
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We have a front loading HE dryer. We switched the hinge from one side to the other, followed the instructions in the manual to do so, but now the dryer door won't stay latched. Arrrrg! Of course that means it won't dry either. Any help? It's a Kenmore Elite model 1108708, don't know the year.
  12 answers
  • NK NK on Apr 04, 2016
    We installed a window lock on our dryer door, problem solved! Can't see from the photo if this solution would work for your dryer.
  • William William on Apr 04, 2016
    I checked the manual online. All I can say is double check your manual and the installation you did so it was done properly. You may also want to check the online manual at http://laundry.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/kenmore/1108708.html. Good luck!
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @William We have the manual. We may take it apart and reinstall again.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 05, 2016
    Call the manufacturer and get them to solve the problem.
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Marion Nesbitt They will only help if it's under warranty :-( I tried talking to them. No go :-(
  • Karen Karen on Apr 05, 2016
    Call Sears where you bought it.
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Karen We didn't buy it. It came with the house when we purchased the house.
  • Linn Andreassen Talge Linn Andreassen Talge on Apr 05, 2016
    If you can'tfix the latch,try leaning something heavy on the door when closed(like a chair or crate or a hamper) and you might fool the machine into thinking it is closed and it will start, that worked for mine when the knob in the door broke...
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Linn Andreassen Talge Well.......that is more a "temporary fix" than a repair. Actually yesterday I did use a tension curtain rod up against the dryer door and a shelving unit to keep it closed. It worked but the shelving unit is only there for now while we're getting ready to do some remodeling in the room. It does start, it does work. It just doesn't want to stay closed. And ummm...... to tell the truth, having to do that every time I want to use the machine is something that just doesn't make me too happy, if ya know what I mean. ;-)
  • Ranger Ranger on Apr 05, 2016
    Are you able to turn the actual latch 'catch' part upside down or around the other way too?
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Ranger No. No adjustment there to do.
  • Thomas Thomas on Apr 05, 2016
    Did you put the. Latch on that. Side to probley needs adjusted
  • Holly james Holly james on Apr 05, 2016
    I have the same one with the same problem. Had the repair man fit it. He only had to adjust the latch (bent it up a little with pliers) stays closed now!
  • Snowgirl030901 Snowgirl030901 on Apr 05, 2016
    My LG did the same thing.. I had a device tech guy come and he told me that the catch needed to me moved up.
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Snowgirl030901 This model doesn't have an adjustable latch.
  • Phil a Phil a on Apr 05, 2016
    I couldn't find your exact model online, but it "probably" has the spring jaw latch and tab type catch. (see attached photo) If so, continue reading. I've had this problem before. It's possible that when you moved the catch from one side of the door to the other that you squeezed the top portion of the catch and made it too narrow to catch firmly in the spring jaws in the frame. To widen the catch, the adjustment you can try is to take a flat blade screwdriver in the upper part of the catch and "twist" it to widen the top part of the catch. Widen it a bit at a time until it "snaps" into the latch firmly and stays closed. Let us know what you find.
    • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
      @Phil a Yeah...maybe. I was going to do that last night but didn't have a small enough flat head screwdriver at the time. Gonna look at that today.
  • CK CK on Apr 05, 2016
    OK.....some of these ideas were already explored. Some don't apply to our situation. But thanks HT readers :-)
  • Daw3000588 Daw3000588 on Apr 05, 2016
    Have you tried leveling the dryer itself?