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I have to replace the door switch on my 2 year old LG Dryer

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I have to replace the door switch on my 2 year old LG Dryer Model 4870W. I can find the two latches in the front but when I depress them the top cover doesn't rise so I can't get to the switch.
JA: Can you guesstimate how old your LG is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?
Customer: Sorry bought in 2014. Model DLE 4870W
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: Yes if I can get the darn top off. Just have to unplug the bad switch and plug in the new one.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Look at several Youtube videos but none of my model.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

Hello, I'm Joel and will be glad to help you today.

There is nothing special you have to do but push the tabs in, sometimes though that is easier said then done they can be fairly tough to push all the way in sometimes, a heavier paint scraper or a butter knife is best for doing that. Here is a video that shows how to do it with a butter knife. click here for video


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Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

Hi there,
I was just getting back with you, I see the question is still open and un-rated and I have not heard back from you is there something else I can help you with?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Tech manual says you have to remove one screw from SAFETY COVER before depressing tabs but picture in manual doesn't show screw location.
Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

they must be referring to some cover on the back of the unit that prevents the lid from being raised, a cover for the dryer cord connection maybe overlaps the dryer lid in the rear?

Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

the safety cover is listed as A560 in the diagram linked below:

Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

its located on the rear top of the dryer

Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

were you able to find it and get the lid raised?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Sorry Joel, Just got back from picking my wife up Her car broke down and now I have a broke car and dryer. Not a great day. I'll try taking off the back cover and see if that works.
Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

One of those days huh? Sorry to hear that hopefully you can at least get the dryer fixed today. Let me know.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Darn screws are so tight (from Factory) I'm afraid to strip the heads. Tried three different phillips heads
Expert:  Joel Swenson replied 2 months ago.

ya they are tough sometimes, have to apply a ton of pressure as you try and turn them.