How to Replace Your LG Washer Door’s Magnetic Plunger If It Won’t Stay Ajar

If you notice a bit of mold buildup in your LG washer, the inner basket might not be getting enough air circulation when it’s not in use. There’s a small spring mechanism at the bottom of the door, called the magnetic door plunger, that keeps the door ajar unless you snap it closed. Test the door if you can position it mostly shut without it shutting the rest of the way. If it swings all the way closed, the magnetic door plunger is probably broken. Order replacement part #AGM73610701 and replace it with these steps:

1. Unplug your washing machine.

Always unplug the appliance before you start making repairs. Even though you won’t be touching any electrical mechanisms, it keeps you safe just in case of an accident. It’s also a good habit to build if you want to do more appliance repair.

2. Remove the old magnetic door plunger.

Open the door and locate the magnetic door plunger at the bottom of the door’s interior. Push a hook, like a fishing hook or a small hook made from a paperclip, into the gap between the top of the plunger and the plunger itself and try to feel for a tab. Push down on that tab to release the plunger and spring. If it doesn’t work, the tab might be broken. Try again at the bottom of the door plunger for the second locking tab.

3. Insert the parts.

Set the narrower edge of the spring inside the plunger. The magnet will secure it in place. Orient the plunger with the tabs at the top and bottom and press it in until you hear the tabs click into the locked position.

Close the door almost all the way to make sure the new spring mechanism keeps the door slightly ajar.

If you have more repairs you want to make on your appliances, go to Jerry’s Appliance Repair for helpful tips.