How to Replace the Lid Switch/Lock Assembly on a Top-Load Washer

 

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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.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 45 min.

Parts Required

  • Lid switch/ lock assembly

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

Tools required

  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Putty knife
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Have someone help you move the washer away from the wall.

Instructions

 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 the lid switch and lock assembly in a top-load washing machine

Step 1: Shut off the electricity and water

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Turn off the water supply valves for the washer.

Step 2: Tape the lid shut

Tape the lid shut so that it does not flop open and damage the control console or hit your arms as you work. 

Step 3: Remove screws from the back

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.

Step 4: Lift the top panel

Slide the top forward about 1/2 inch and then raise the front of the top panel up about 1/4 inch. With the panel still raised slightly, push the panel back about 1/4 inch  to release it from the brackets.

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

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: Release the clips

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. 

Step 7: 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. 

Step 8: Disconnect the lid switch/lock assembly wire harness from the electronic control board

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.

Step 9: Remove the lid switch/lock assembly

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.

Step 10: Lift the top panel

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.

Step 11: Attach the wire harness

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.

Step 12: Install the lid switch/lock assembly

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

Step 13: Lower the top panel

Carefully lower the top panel. Engage the brackets by pulling the panel forward about 1/4" until the panel drops and the brackets engage. Push the panel back about 1/4" to lock it flush with the frame.

Step 14: Connect the wire harness to the electronic control board

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.

Step 15: 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.

Step 16: Reinstall the 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.

Step 17: 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.