How to Replace a Laundry Center Washer Lid Lock Switch



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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Lid lock switch

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • #2 Square-head screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the 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 should only be performed by a qualified technician.

How to Replace a Gas Laundry Center Lid Lock Switch

Step 1: Shut off the power

Unplug the laundry center. If the dryer uses gas, shut off the gas supply.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Restore power to the laundry center

Plug the laundry center into the wall outlet. If the dryer uses gas, turn on the gas supply.

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