How to Reverse GE Dryer Door

How to Reverse GE Dryer Door
How to Reverse GE Dryer Door

The door of our dryer was hung on the wrong side so it was a pain to transfer laundry from the washer to the dryer.  The doors on these dryers are designed to be reversible so I decided to switch ours around.  This is how you can do it too…

Equipment:

Parts Needed:

Tools Needed:

Step 1: Remove the plugs from the screw holes

On the side of the dryer opening that does not have the hinges there are five plastic plugs that conceal the holes we will use to install the hinge on the opposite side:

GE Dryer Hole Plug Locations
Location of the 5 hole plugs

Caution: We are going to use a knife to get them started but do not pry them completely out.  Use a knife to lift the head of the plug up about an eighth of an inch:

Pry the head up with a knife
Pry the head up with a knife

This is how high you should pry them up:

Plug pried up slightly
This is how much you should pry up the head of the plug

Once you have the heads pried up you can unscrew them by turning them counter-clockwise.  You can bend the head to one side to get a better grasp on one edge of the head.  This is what they look like when they are removed:

Plug removed
Plug removed

Step 2: Remove the door strike assembly.

Remove the two Phillips-head screws from the door strike assembly and set the assembly and screws aside:

GE Dryer Door Strike Assembly
Remove the two screws from the door strike assembly

Note: in the image above one of the plugs is still installed.  If you do things in the order I suggest in this tutorial you will have removed that plug already.

The door strike assembly removed
The door strike assembly removed
The door strike assembly has been removed
The door strike assembly has been removed

Step 3: Remove the five hinge screws.

There are five Phillips-head screws on the hinge of the door.  One of the screws cannot be seen in the picture below because it is hidden by the hinge itself.  I would remove the lower four first and then loosen the top one and then simply lift the door up and off the final screw.

Hinge screw locations
Hinge screw locations

Step 4: Remove the back of the dryer door.

Remove the six Phillips head screws from the back of the door as indicated below:

Door Back Panel Screw Locations
Door Back Panel Screw Locations

Lift out the door panel off the door:

Lift the door panel off the back of the door
Lift the door panel off the back of the door

Step 5: Remove the door hinge blanks.

Remove the two screws from the edge of the door hinge blank and remove the external blank.

GE Dryer Door Hinge Blank
GE Dryer Door Hinge Blank Screw Locations

Lift the external door hinge blank up and out of the door:

GE Dryer Door Hinge Blank Removed
Door hinge external blank removed

Now remove the internal blank:

Remove the two internal blank screws
Remove the two internal blank screws
Internal blank removed
Internal blank removed

Step 6: Remove the hinge screws.

Remove the four screws from the hinge:

Back hinge screw locations
Back hinge screw locations
Edge hinge screw locations
Edge hinge screw locations

Remove the hinge and get ready to transfer it to the other side.

door hinge removed
Door hinge removed

Step 7: Install the hinge on the other side.

Now while you remember which edge the hinge came off of move it to the other side and reinstall the four screws:

Reinstall the four hinge screws
Reinstall the four hinge screws

Step 8: Install the blanks on the other side.

Install the internal blank with its two screws and the external blank with its two screws as seen below:

Install the two blanks
Install the internal and external blanks and the two screws for each

Step 9: Flip the outer shell so the handle is on the other side

flip the outer door
Flip the door outer cover so the handle is on the other side

Make sure the cover is seated all the way down on the door.  This is how it will appear from the top edge:

This is how the seam should line up
This is how the seam should line up

Then reinstall the six screws:

Reinstall the 6 cover screws
Reinstall the 6 cover screws

Step 10: Move the door strike assembly to the other side of the door opening.

I hadn’t moved these because the hinge was in the way.  Remove the blank from the side where the hinge was originally installed:

Remove the door strike blank
Remove the door strike blank

Install it on the other side:

Transfer the blank to the other side
Transfer the blank to the other side

Install the door strike on the other side:

Install the door strike on the other side
Install the door strike on the other side

Step 11: Install the door on the other side.

Partially install the top screw so you can hang the door from it:

Hang the door from the top screw
Hang the door from the top screw

Reinstall the five hinge screws:

Hinge screws reinstalled
Hinge screws reinstalled

Step 12: Install the plugs on the other side.

They push straight in:

Install the five plugs on the latch side
Install the five plugs on the latch side

Now your door is hinged on the right side:

GE Dryer Door Hinge Swapped
GE Dryer Door Hinge Swapped
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