Author Topic: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?  (Read 917 times)

Offline geekhunter

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This is an odd question, but I'm looking to replace a temp switch on my White-Westinghouse dryer. When I search for the part, it comes up with a new OEM replacement part with a different part number. That new part number replaces a bunch of switches used in a dryers by a large number of manufacturers. I'll try to make my question clear... I know that I could use a switch with the original matching part number OR the new universal OEM replacement part BUT if I found an old switch from a different brand of dryer that also had their switch replaced by the same OEM part, would it work?

To put it another way... assume my switch is part #10 and it fits in my Westinghouse, and there is a switch with part #20 that is normally found in a Maytag machine. Assume both part #10 and part#20 are now replaced by a Frigidaire part #100. Does that mean if I happened to find a part #20 I could stick it into my Westinghouse?

Thanks in advance!

Todd CC

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Re: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2012, 06:21:31 PM »
Post the part numbers in question.  There are a lot of parts that are interchangeable between different brands. If the part looks the same and functions the same, it should work.

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Re: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2012, 06:29:29 PM »
Depends on the part. If it is a timer that would be a no go. All timers ain't the same. So if it fits it ships does not work. The motor would be diff also. All belts will not be the same either. Limits can be subbed but not elements in most instances. What part are you subbing out?
« Last Edit: August 25, 2012, 06:30:05 PM by JWWebster »
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Re: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 06:52:04 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply! The original part # is Q633715 for my White-Westinghouse dryer is. The part I can buy really cheap from a different brand of dryer is part #Q000633716. Both are supposed to be replaced by a Frigidaire 5303281187. The replacement switch runs ~$70+. I found a Q000633716 for $14!

If I can use the latter, I'd like to save the money unless there is something defective in the older switches or it wouldn't fit into my Westinghouse. My old switch actually works but the knob was hit really hard and it broke the shaft that the knob is attached to so it's a pain!

I hope you have a answer! Thanks in advance, this is hugely helpful.

Todd

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Re: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 08:16:39 PM »
Use it. It looks Identical to me.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2012, 08:19:37 PM by JWWebster »
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Re: If switch replaced by new OEM part, OK to use older part number?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2012, 02:22:41 AM »
Excellent! Hopefully I'll save about $55 if this works ;)

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