How to Replace the Water Temperature Switch on a Direct-Drive Top-Load Washer



This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace the water temperature switch on a top-load washer. Located on the control panel, the water temperature switch lets you choose the water temperature for the wash and rinse cycles. If the switch fails, the water entering the tub is the wrong temperature. Replace a faulty water temperature switch using a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Roper, Crosley and Estate washers use the type of water temperature switch shown in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Water temperature 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 Water Temperature Switch in a Direct-Drive Washer

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: Remove the water temperature control knob

Pull the water temperature control knob off the stem of the water temperature switch.

Step 3: 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 Whirlpool models have screws on the back of the end caps instead of on the front of the control console; remove the screws. Other models have spring clips under the end caps; use a putty knife to release the spring clips.

Step 4: Remove the water temperature switch

Disconnect the wire harness from the water temperature switch.

Pry up the locking tab and rotate the water temperature switch 1/8 turn to release it from the console panel.

Pull the water temperature switch out of the console.

Step 5: Install the new water temperature switch

Position the new water temperature switch on the console panel with the locking tab positioned 1/8 turn from the top. Push the temperature switch into the console panel and rotate the locking tab to the 12 o'clock position to lock the tab.

Connect the wire harness to the new water temperature switch.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: Reinstall the water temperature control knob

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

Push the water temperature control knob down onto the temperature switch shaft.

Step 8: Restore the power

Plug the washer into the electrical outlet.