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 replacement 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 FAQs to see how you can tell.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Lid switch

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

Tools required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

Replacing the Lid Switch in a Direct-Drive Washer

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: 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.

Step 8: Restore the power

Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.