July 1, 2013

How to replace the lid switch in a direct-drive top-load washer

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the lid switch in a direct-drive top-load washer

This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace the lid switch in a top-load washer. The lid switch is a safety device that prevents the washer from going into spin mode when the lid is open. If the lid switch doesn't work, the washer won't spin even when closed. Replace the lid switch with a manufacturer-approved washer part.

Use this repair procedure to replace the lid switch in Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Roper, Estate and Crosley top-load washers.

We also have instructions for replacing the lid switch/lock on a VMW top-load washer. If you're not sure if your top-load washer has VMW technology, check out our washer FAQsto see how you can tell.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Replacing a lid switch on a direct-drive top-load washer

This video explains how to replace the lid switch on a direct-drive top-load washer.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the electricity

    Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

    Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

  2. 02.

    Open the control console

    Pull the plastic end caps off the sides of the control console.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control console.

    Pull the control console slightly forward and then swing it up and over the top of the back panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the control panel endcaps.

    PHOTO: Remove the control panel endcaps.

    PHOTO: Remove the screws at the base of the control panel.

    PHOTO: Remove the screws at the base of the control panel.

    PHOTO: Open the control panel by pulling it slightly forward and then swinging it up and back.

    PHOTO: Open the control panel by pulling it slightly forward and then swinging it up and back.

  3. 03.

    Remove the cabinet

    Unplug the wire harness from the lid switch on the washer’s top panel.

    Release the clips that secure the cabinet to the washer’s back panel. Using a slot screwdriver, pry the clips forward to release them from the slots in the top panel.

    Lift the back of the cabinet and slide the cabinet forward to remove it from the washer frame.

    PHOTO: Unplug the wire harness from the lid switch.

    PHOTO: Unplug the wire harness from the lid switch.

    PHOTO: Release the clips that hold the cabinet to the back panel.

    PHOTO: Release the clips that hold the cabinet to the back panel.

    PHOTO: Slide the cabinet forward and remove it from the frame.

    PHOTO: Slide the cabinet forward and remove it from the frame.

  4. 04.

    Remove the lid switch

    Press in on the lid switch wire harness plug locking tabs to release them and then pull the plug out of the top cabinet panel.

    Release the green ground wire by removing the screw that secures it to the cabinet.

    Remove the lid switch mounting screws.

    Release the lid switch wire harness from the clips and pull the lid switch out of the cabinet.

    PHOTO: Pull out the lid switch wire harness plug.

    PHOTO: Pull out the lid switch wire harness plug.

    PHOTO: Remove the green ground wire from the washer cabinet.

    PHOTO: Remove the green ground wire from the washer cabinet.

    PHOTO: Remove the lid switch mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the lid switch mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the lid switch from the cabinet.

    PHOTO: Remove the lid switch from the cabinet.

  5. 05.

    Install the new lid switch

    Position the new lid switch in the cabinet and reinstall the mounting screws.

    Insert the lid switch wire harness into the harness clips and snap the wire harness plug into the cabinet top panel.

    Reconnect the green ground wire using the mounting screw.

    PHOTO: Install the lid switch mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Install the lid switch mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Install the lid switch wire harness plug.

    PHOTO: Install the lid switch wire harness plug.

    PHOTO: Connect the green ground wire to the cabinet.

    PHOTO: Connect the green ground wire to the cabinet.

  6. 06.

    Reinstall the cabinet

    Position the cabinet in front of the washer.

    Tilt the back of the cabinet up slightly and keep the front lip of the cabinet on the floor. To position the front lip under the washer frame, push the base of the cabinet forward with your foot to slide the front lip of the cabinet under the front base of the washer. Then lower the back of the cabinet so the alignment tabs at the back sides of washer base fit into the holes on the back sides of the cabinet.

    Reinstall the spring clips at the top of the cabinet.

    Plug the lid switch wire harness back into the receptacle on the top panel of the washer.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the washer cabinet.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the washer cabinet.

    Engage the rear cabinet tabs.

    Engage the rear cabinet tabs.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the spring clips at the top of the cabinet.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the spring clips at the top of the cabinet.

    PHOTO: Plug in the lid switch wire harness back into the receptacle.

    PHOTO: Plug in the lid switch wire harness back into the receptacle.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the control console

    Flip the control console down and position it properly on the top panel of the washer.

    Reinstall the mounting screws at the base of the control console.

    Snap the plastic end caps onto the sides of the control console.

    PHOTO: Flip the control panel down and close the console.

    PHOTO: Flip the control panel down and close the console.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the control console mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the control console mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the control panel endcaps.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the control panel endcaps.

  8. 08.

    Restore the power

    Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.

Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all washers

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Main causes: clogged drain hose, house drain clogged, bad drain pump, water-level pressure switch failure, bad control board or timer
Main causes: unbalanced load, loose spanner nut, worn drive block, broken shock absorber or suspension spring, debris in drain pump
Main causes: leaky water inlet valve, faulty water-level pressure switch, bad electronic control board
Main causes: lack of electrical power, wiring failure, bad power cord, electronic control board failure, bad user interface board
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Main causes: broken lid switch or lid lock, bad pressure switch, broken shifter assembly, faulty control system
Main causes: no water supply, bad water valves, water-level pressure switch failure, control system failure, bad door lock or lid switch
Main causes: bad lid switch or door lock, bad timer or electronic control board, wiring failure, bad water inlet valve assembly

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