January 1, 2016

How to replace the water level pressure switch on a direct-drive top-load washer

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the water level pressure switch on a direct-drive top-load washer

This step-by-step washer repair guide shows how to replace the water level pressure switch on a direct-drive top-load washer. The water level pressure switch senses the water level through an air tube attached at the bottom of the tub. As water fills the tub, air pressure in the tube pushes against a diaphragm inside the switch, opening and closing contacts to control the water level and to stop the water once the tub is full. If the water level pressure switch is defective, the washer either won't fill or overfills. Replace the water level pressure switch with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This repair procedure covers Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Crosley, Estate and Roper direct-drive, top-load washers.

If you're not sure if your top-load washer has a direct-drive motor, check out our washer FAQs to see how you can tell.

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Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Replacing the water level pressure switch in a direct-drive top-load washer

This video explains how to replace the water level pressure switch in 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.

    Remove the water level control knob

    Pull the water level control knob off the stem of the water level pressure switch.

    Pull the water level control knob off the stem.

    Pull the water level control knob off the stem.

  3. 03.

    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 over the top of the back panel.

    Tip: Some models have the screws on the back of the end caps instead of on the front of the control console. Other models have spring clips under the end caps instead of screws. Remove the rear screws or use a putty knife to release the spring clips.
    Remove the plastic endcaps from the control console.

    Remove the plastic endcaps from the control console.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control panel console.

    Remove the screws at the base of the control panel console.

    Flip the console up and back.

    Flip the console up and back.

  4. 04.

    Remove the water level pressure switch

    Disconnect the air hose from the water level pressure switch.

    Press the locking tab to release the pressure switch and rotate the switch 1/8 turn counterclockwise to release it from the console panel.

    Disconnect the wire harness from the pressure switch and pull the switch out of the console.

    Disconnect the air hose from the water level pressure switch.

    Disconnect the air hose from the water level pressure switch.

    Release the pressure switch from the control panel.

    Release the pressure switch from the control panel.

    Disconnect the wire harness from the pressure switch.

    Disconnect the wire harness from the pressure switch.

  5. 05.

    Install the new water level pressure switch

    Connect the wire harness to the new water level pressure switch.

    Position the new pressure switch on the console panel with the air hose connection in the 3 o'clock position.

    Push the pressure switch into the console panel and rotate the pressure switch 1/8 of a turn clockwise to engage the locking tab.

    Connect the air hose to the new water level pressure switch.

    Install the new pressure switch.

    Install the new pressure switch.

    Connect the air hose to the new water level pressure switch.

    Connect the air hose to the new water level pressure switch.

  6. 06.

    Reinstall the control console

    Position the control console 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.

    Close the console.

    Close the console.

    Reinstall the control console screws.

    Reinstall the control console screws.

    Reinstall the plastic endcaps.

    Reinstall the plastic endcaps.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the water level control knob

    Line up the flat side of the control knob with the flat side of the shaft on the new water level pressure switch.

    Push the water level control knob down onto the water level pressure switch shaft.

    Reinstall the water level control knob.

    Reinstall the water level control knob.

  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.

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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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