How to Switch a Maytag Dryer Door

Most Maytag dryers come with the option to reverse the door swing direction, making the appliance easier to access in a wider range of locations. You might want to make the door open in the opposite direction if it strikes cabinets or other nearby appliances in its current position. The design of each Maytag dryer varies slightly, but the basic instructions for this task are largely the same between models.

Step 1

Place a towel on top of the dryer; this will be your work surface while you adapt the door for installation on the opposite side of the opening. The towel protects the front of the door and the top of the dryer from scratches.

Step 2

Open the dryer and remove the lower screws from each hinge. Loosen, but do not remove, the top hinge so the door doesn't fall off the dryer. Carefully lift the door and its hinges upward and pull forward. The design of the hinge allows you to simply unhook the door without removing the upper screw. Remove the last hinge screw on the front of the dryer once the door is detached.

Step 3

Remove the screws attaching the hinge to the door, then remove the five screws around the door at the top, bottom and sides. Lift the outer part of the door upward to separate the door into two parts. Ensure the cardboard spacer between the parts remains centered.

Step 4

Flip the outer part of the door 180 degrees so the handle is positioned on the opposite side. Push the two parts back together and replace the five screws. Attach the hinges to the opposite side, making sure the largest screw hole is at the bottom.

Step 5

Remove the screws holding the plastic plugs to the opposite side of the door frame to where the hinges were mounted. Screw the plugs into the holes vacated by the hinges at the start of these instructions.

Step 6

Line the door and its hinges up with the screw holes beside the dryer opening. Insert and half tighten the screws in the bottom of holes of each hinge. Slide the door upward so the screws move into the narrow part of the hinge; tighten the screws the rest of the way and add the screws into the top hinge holes. Test the door to ensure that it opens in the opposite direction.