Model #LSB6400KQ1 WHIRLPOOL Residential Washers

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my old lid switch 3949247 on my whirlpool LSB6400KQ1 won't unplug - what is holding it plugged in? is there some kind of "catch" on the plug? I don't see one.

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It definitely can be tricky when it comes to replacing parts on an appliance. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and have located several links towards your issue. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have provided the links below. Hope this helps!

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Priscilla V -
April 15, 2012
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Thank you for submitting a question to Manage My Life.

There is a tab on the front of the harness connection that you have to release. Here is a video that demonstrates replacing the lid switch on a washer similar to yours; Video . Always unplug or de-energize electrical equipment before removing covers or attempting service. Be careful and wear appropriate hand protection when working around sharp metal parts. The washer in this video may not look exactly like yours but the procedure is basically the same.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website; Sears Home Services .

Here is a link that you may use to purchase the lid switch for your Whirlpool model number LSB6400KQ1 washer .

I hope this is helpful, and if I may be of further assistance please include more details in a reply to this post.

Landell

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Landell -
Sears Technician
April 16, 2012
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How do I replace a lid switch on my washer?

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You did not indicate the model number of your washer. The following procedure will work for most Kenmore and Whirlpool top load washers:

  1. Unplug the washer to disconnect electrical power.
  2. Remove the two plastic end caps on each side of the console. NOTE: Some models do not have removable end caps.
  3. Remove the screws on each side of the console that secure it to the top panel. NOTE: Some models do not have screws. If not, release the clips on each side using a putty knife.
  4. Pull the console forward and hinge it up and back over the top of the back panel of the washer.
  5. Release the clip on each side of the cabinet that secures it to the back panel (see image).
  6. Pull the cabinet forward to access the lid switch wire harness. Unplug the wire harness.
  7. Pull the cabinet off of the washer. You now have access to remove and replace the lid switch.

Replace the switch and reverse the procedure for reassembly.

If this procedure does not work for your particular model, resubmit your question with the model number of your washer.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2008
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Follow up question. Aside from the safety precaution (our household has two adults), is there any issue with just bypassing a faulty limit switch....theoretically?

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Charbear -
November 18, 2008
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The lid switch can be bypassed for testing purposes but it should be replaced if it is defective. I don't recommend that you continue to run the washer with this switch bypassed. It is an essential safety component. Theoretically, the washer would run normally with the lid switch bypassed but it could pose a safety threat if you ever have company visiting in your home or you sell the washer.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 26, 2010
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my old lid switch 3949247 on my whirlpool LSB6400KQ1 won't unplug - what is holding it plugged in? is there some kind of "catch" on the plug? I don't see one there...

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W -
April 15, 2012
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I added a link for a video that shows how to remove that lid switch. That may help you release the old lid switch. There are normally clips on that wire harness connector that need to be relased. If you need more assistance, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 16, 2012
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What would it cost to repair my Whirlpool washer that doesn't spin?

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Your symptom indicates a broken safety lid switch. The lid switch must close a contact when the lid is shut or it will not run at all in the drain and spin cycles. The washer is designed so that the motor will stop running if the lid is opened while it's draining or spinning for safety concerns.

The estimated cost of repair would be $150.00

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
November 13, 2008

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