Question about Washing Machines
The machine will fill and agitate on all 3 settings. After the agitation stops, nothing happens. No motors are running, it just won't drain or do anything. I've tried running through all 3 settings (Normal, Heavy Duty, PermaPress) and setting it to Rinse or Spin, but to no avail. It will only agitate at this point. Now I'm stuck with a load of clothes that I can't drain. Any help will be appreciated.
The symptoms you are describing are a caused by a lid switch malfunction. A lid switch is a very simple and inexpensive fix. The following link explains how to replace a lid switch:
In many cases a simple inspection of the lid switch is all it takes to fix it. It could be loose or not making proper contact. Check the mounting screws that hold the switch in place, first. If the screws are loose or missing, that may be all this required to get the switch to line up correctly with the lid strike. The lid strike is a small plastic piece that is physically mounted to the washer lid. The strike activates the switch through a slot as the lid closes. If the lid strike is broken or missing, this will also cause the same symptoms.
If the model number you have this listed under is correct, you can find replacement parts at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in the the model number and you can locate what you need under the "Top and Cabinet" heading. The lid switch is item number 11 (part #285671) and the lid strike is item number 20 (part #350733).
I hope you find this information helpful. The total cost of your repair is less than $50 if you follow the instructions in the link I provided and repair it yourself. Let me know if you require additional assistance.
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
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