June 1, 2015

How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer video

By Sears PartsDirect staff
How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer.
How to troubleshoot flashing lid lock errors on a vertical modular washer.

This video from Sears PartsDirect shows how to troubleshoot a blinking lid lock light on your top-load vertical modular washer. The lid lock light on VMW washers, made by Whirlpool, Kenmore and Maytag, will flash whenever there is a problem with the washer. The problem may not necessarily be a broken lid lock.

Learn about a few possible issues, including the actuator motor, and see how to check the error codes on your washer to find out what the problem is. You can order replacement washer parts or find other helpful tips on our washer repair help page.

Repair guides for top-load washers

How to replace the spin basket in a top-load washer

If the spin basket on your top-load washer is damaged, you can replace it with a new one. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
How to replace the timer in a direct-drive top-load washer

Replace the timer if it doesn't advance or work properly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace the clutch assembly in a top-load washer

If the washer spins when the basket is empty but not when the basket is full, the problem could be the clutch assembly. These steps explain how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less

Articles and videos for top-load washers

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Keeping your smart appliances secure from hackers

By Lyle Weischwill

Find out how to protect your smart appliances from malevolent invasions by hackers.

July 6, 2017

How to calibrate a washer after a repair video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Calibrate some washers models after replacing the control board, drive motor, motor capacitor or tub suspension springs.

August 25, 2016

Kenmore top-load washer uE and UE error codes

By Lyle Weischwill

Learn what to do when your Kenmore washer displays the eE and UE error codes.