This DIY repair guide explains how to replace a washer lid lock switch on a laundry center. The washer lid lock switch is a safety device that detects if the lid is open or closed, and locks the lid during the wash and spin cycles. If the lid lock switch breaks, the switch won't detect the position of the lid and the washer won't agitate or spin. Replace a broken washer lid lock switch with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.
These easy-to-follow steps show how to replace the washer lid switch in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Gibson, Crosley and White-Westinghouse laundry centers.
This video explains how to replace the washe rlid lock switch on a laundry center.
Shut off the power
Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas supply.
Remove the washer front panel
Remove the 2 screws at the bottom of the front panel.
Slide the front panel down to disengage the mounting tabs and pull off the front panel.
Remove the screws from the bottom of the front panel.
Remove the lower front panel from the laundry center.
Remove the lid lock switch
Disconnect the wires from the lid lock switch.
Remove the screws from under the front corners of the top panel.
Lift the top panel up and remove the lid lock mounting screws.
Remove the lid lock switch.
Remove the screw from under the right front corner of the top panel.
Remove the screw from under the left front corner of the top panel.
Disconnect the lid lock switch wires.
Remove the lid lock mounting screws.
Remove the lid lock switch.
Install the new lid lock switch
Position the new lid lock switch under the top washer panel and reinstall the mounting screws.
Lower the top panel.
Connect the wires to the new lid lock switch.
Reinstall the screws in the top panel.
Install the new lid lock switch.
Connect the wires to the new switch.
Reinstall the top panel screws.
Reinstall the washer front panel
Push the front panel mounting tabs into the mounting slots on the frame.
Slide the front panel up slightly to engage the mounting tabs and reinstall the mounting screws.
Reinstall the washer front panel.
Reinstall the screws at the bottom of the front panel.
Restore power to the laundry center
Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.
If the motor doesn’t run, you can replace it in less than an hour.
If the washer tub bangs the cabinet during the spin cycle even though the load is balanced, you might need to replace the snubber ring in the base of the washer.
If the washer fills but won’t start the agitation cycle, the lid lock switch could be defective.
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