July 1, 2013

How to replace the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-load washer

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-load washer

This washer repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-load washer. The assembly has a switch that detects whether the washer lid is open—if the lid is open, the washer won't start. The assembly also has a lock that keeps the lid safely locked during the cycle. If the lid switch or the lock doesn't work correctly, and the lid lock light flashes, the washer might need a replacement lid switch or lid lock. Because other problems have the same symptoms, we recommend having a service technician diagnose the cause. If the lid switch/lock assembly is faulty, replace the assembly with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This repair guide covers vertical modular washers in the Kenmore 110-series. It also covers vertical modular washers in the Whirlpool Cabrio series and Maytag Centennial series. Vertical modular washers use a super-high-speed spin cycle that extracts water from the load; the lid stays locked to protect you from the fast-spinning parts.

We also have instructions for replacing the door lock on a front-load washer.

Quick links
Tools required
1/4" nut driver
Putty knife
Phillips screwdriver
Slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
45 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
45 minutes or less
Replacing the lid lock on a top-load washer

This video shows how to replace the lid lock switch on a top-load washing machine.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off the electricity and water

    Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

    Turn off the water supply valves for the washer.

    Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

    Have someone help you move the washer away from the wall.

  2. 02.

    Lift the top panel

    Tape the lid shut so it doesn’t flop open and damage the control console or hit your arms as you work.

    Pull the washer forward to access the back of the control console. Remove the top screws on the 2 hinge brackets on the back of the washer.

    Remove the screw from the wire cover and pull it off of the washer.

    Slide the top panel forward about half an inch and then raise the front of the top panel up about a quarter of an inch.

    With the panel still raised slightly, push the panel back about a quarter of an inch to release it from the brackets.

    Lift the top panel and prop it against the wall behind the washer.

    Tape the lid shut.

    Tape the lid shut.

    Remove the top screws from the hinges.

    Remove the top screws from the hinges.

    Remove the screw from the wire cover.

    Remove the screw from the wire cover.

    Remove the wire cover from the washer.

    Remove the wire cover from the washer.

    Move the top panel slightly forward and up.

    Move the top panel slightly forward and up.

    Push the top panel back to release it from the backets.

    Push the top panel back to release it from the backets.

    Prop the top panel against the back wall.

    Prop the top panel against the back wall.

  3. 03.

    Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel

    Using a 1/4-inch nut driver, remove the 2 mounting screws that secure the lid switch/lock assembly to the top panel. Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel. 

    The lid switch/lock assembly is still attached to the wire harness. Let it hang from the wire harness for now.

    Use a slot screwdriver to release the wire harness from the clips on the side of the top panel.

    Pry out the white plastic wire harness clip at the back of the front panel.

    The wire harness is still connected to the electronic control board inside the console.

    Release the white plastic clip from the top panel—don't remove the white plastic clip or pull the wire harness out yet.

    Remove the lid switch/lock assembly mounting screws.

    Remove the lid switch/lock assembly mounting screws.

    Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel.

    Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel.

    Release the wire harness from the clips on the side of the top panel.

    Release the wire harness from the clips on the side of the top panel.

    Release but don't remove the white plastic clip from the top panel.

    Release but don't remove the white plastic clip from the top panel.

  4. 04.

    Open the control console

    Carefully lower the top panel and rest it on the top of the washer.

    Pull the washer forward to access the back panel of the console.

    Remove the 2 screws from the top of the back panel of the console.

    Push back on the control panel while sliding a putty knife under the right corner of the control panel to release the mounting clip.

    Repeat on the left side to release the console.

    Lay the console on the top of the washer.

    Remove the screws from the console back panel.

    Remove the screws from the console back panel.

    Push back on the console and release the clips.

    Push back on the console and release the clips.

    Lay the console on top of the washer

    Lay the console on top of the washer

  5. 05.

    Remove the lid switch/lock assembly

    Locate the wire harness connection for the lid switch/lock assembly on the back of the control board (The lid switch/lock harness has yellow, blue, white and red wires on the washer used in this repair guide).

    Release the locking tab and pull the lid switch/lock assembly wire harness plug out of the receptacle on the electronic control board.

    Thread the lid switch/lock assembly wire harness through the hole in the back of the top panel where you released the white plastic clip.

    Release the tape on the lid and open the washer lid.

    Pull the lid switch/lock assembly out of the washer.

    Tape the lid shut again.

    Release the harness connection locking tab.

    Release the harness connection locking tab.

    Disconnect the lid switch/lock wire harness from the electronic control board.

    Disconnect the lid switch/lock wire harness from the electronic control board.

    Thread the wire harness the the hold in the back of the top panel.

    Thread the wire harness the the hold in the back of the top panel.

    Pull the lid switch/lock assembly out of the washer.

    Pull the lid switch/lock assembly out of the washer.

  6. 06.

    Install the new lid switch/lock assembly

    Snap the console back into the mounting clips.

    Move the washer near the back wall.

    Lift the top panel and prop it securely against the back wall behind the washer.

    Push the end of the wire harness into the hole at the back of the top panel.

    Push the white plastic wire harness clip into the hole and snap it into place.

    Route the wire harness into the side of the top panel and secure the wire harness in the clips on the side of the top panel.

    Position the lid switch/lock assembly on the top panel and secure it with the mounting screws.

    Carefully lower the top panel.

    Engage the brackets by pulling the panel forward about a quarter of an inch until the panel drops and the brackets engage. Push the panel back about a quarter of an inch to lock it flush with the frame.

    Release the clips and open the console to access the electronic control board.

    Plug the wire harness into the correct connector on the electronic control board. Make sure that the locking tab snaps into place.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the console

    Position the console on top of the top panel and snap the mounting clips into place to secure the console on the top panel.

    Reinstall the screws at the top of the back panel on the console and tighten the screws firmly.

  8. 08.

    Reinstall the back panel screws

    Insert the screws back into the top of the hinges on the back of the control console. Tighten those screws firmly.

    Place the tabs on the right side of the wire cover in the slots and then line up the holes on the left side and insert the mounting screw. Tighten the mounting screw to secure the wire cover in place.

  9. 09.

    Restore the water and power

    Turn on the water supply valves. Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.

    Return the washer to its original location.

Symptoms common to all washers

Choose a symptom to see related washer repairs.

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

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