Tip & How-To about Estate TAWS800JQ Top Load Washer

Replacing a Lid Switch

This advice is for Estate TOP LOADING washing machines. This is an easy repair that anyone with a little know-how and determination can perform.

First of all, unplug your washer. You will need to remove the console in order to get to the lid switch. The washer may have release tabs under the console at each front corner. Simply slide a putty knife straight in from the front at each corner and push in while lifting up. You should feel the release tabs push in and the console will pop up. If not equipped with this type of console, you may have a console that has removable end caps. They can be removed by gently prying up on the top of them from the rear on each side. You may have to use a small screwdriver for this. The caps should pop right off. Once removed, you will need to loosen a screw under each cap. Once you have the console loosened, carefully lift it up and lay it back over the rear panel of the washer in its resting position. Be careful not to damage the small plastic hinges that hold it in place. Now you will need to perform the following steps:

1. Under the console you will find the lid switch connector. Unplug the switch from the connector.

2. There will be two brass colored clips. You will need to remove these to remove the machine casing. Place a flat blade screwdriver straight down into the opening on top of the washer and into the groove of the clip. Push the screwdriver away from you while holding into the groove and the clip will release.

3. Open the lid of the washer and place your hand under the front rim of the opening (DO NOT grab the wash tub). Now pull the case from the frame by lifting from the back first.

You do not have to remove it all the way from the frame, just enough to gain access to the switch. All there is to the switch is a couple of screws holding it in and a ground wire. It's a pretty easy repair job. Some models will have the switch located on the right-hand side of the lid rim opening, while other models will have the switch located on the left-hand side near the lid hinge.

Once you've completed your switch installation, make sure you get the case back on the frame correctly by following these steps:

1. While looking down through the lid opening, place the front lip of the machine case UNDER the washer frame and start leaning it back onto the frame. There are four small cleats that must fit into four slots on the case or the washer will vibrate. Make sure the frame is seated properly, lean forward from the front of the washer, grasp both sides of the rear panel and pull towards the case. The rear panel should be seated and flush with the casing before inserting the retaining clips.

2. Insert the brass-colored clips into the slot on the washer rear panel first, and then push straight down into the opening on the top of the washer with some force. If you have the case seated correctly, the clips will snap back in.

3. Make sure you plug the connector from the console back into the lid switch receptacle BEFORE you reassemble the console. This is easy to forget.

Good Luck.

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Replacing a Lid Switch

Thank you so much for helping me (attempt to) fix my washer. This may be obvious to many on here, but I learned the hard way, the console is the piece on top that has all the knobs. Mine had end caps with one screw in the back of each one. Now if only my part wasn't forty dollars and on back order!

Dec 02, 2009 | Washing Machines

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What is the easiest way to get the top off an top loading washing machine?

wedge a small putty knife in the front and release the clips

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the machine fills with water but the drum wont turn. the machine drains the water until the next cycle, but the drum still wont turn

Tony could you give me a little more info? Is this a machine you just got or one that's been running just fine till now? Is it a top loading machine or a front loading machine? Because if this is a top loading GE for example i'd say, see if the agitator spins freely in both directions if it is and if it does i'd give you some instructions on an easy repair. However if you said it's a whirlpool top loader i could probably give you a link to a youtube vid that'll show you step by step how to fix it. Etc. Etc. Thanks.

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roper washing machine won't spin

If this is a TOP LOADING washing machine, a no spin problem is commonly caused by either a lid switch malfunction or a broken motor coupling. The following link explains how to diagnose the problem:


Pay particular attention to the symptoms and it should be easy to determine which component may be causing your problem. If you aren't sure, please post back and let me know, so I can assist you further. Please include your MODEL NUMBER when posting questions.

There are other problems that can cause a no spin problem, such as a worn gearcase (transmission), broken clutch or a bad timer. However, the two components I mention are the MOST COMMON fail items and the LEAST EXPENSIVE to repair. If you check your washer and the lid switch and motor coupling are both fine, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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