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My washing machine filled with water but would not do anything else. I took the clothes out and took the water out and then tried it again. It then filled up in 30 seconds. I did not notice that the first time. what could be wrong?

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  • firecracker0 Oct 07, 2008

    I tightened the screws that attach the lid switch and the lid strike is intact, still nothing happened. I will go and buy the part tomorrow. My question now is why does that have to do with the water filling so fast. I started the washer, went outside to smoke and within 15 to 30 seconds it was already full.

  • firecracker0 Oct 07, 2008

    My boyfriend unscrewed the lid switch and pulled it out. We found that the glue that holds the switch box together was coming off which caused the switch to not continue after filling with water. he zip tied it back together and screwed it back in and now it is working fine. Thank you so much for your help. I would not have known the problem.

  • dorisj5 May 11, 2009

    kenmore (80-series) top load washing machine let water in. Once the water reached the set level, the machine shut down and will not agitate.


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This often appears to a more serious problem than it really is. The symptoms you describe are typical of a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually located on the right hand side under the cabinet. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the right side of the wash tub opening. Make sure the lid strike is still on the lid and intact, first. Then, check the mounting screws that hold the lid switch in place (two screws along the tub rim on the right hand side). Often all that is required is to tighten up the mounting screws and this will realign the lid switch where it can be properly activated by the lid strike. If the lid switch is broken, you can find a replacement at Just type in your COMPLETE model number and look under the "Top and Cabinet" heading. The lid switch is listed as item number 11 (part #3949238) and the lid strike will be listed as item number 20 (part #350733). If you do not wish to order online, take the part numbers provided by Sears and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. These are common parts that most will carry in their store inventory. The following link explains how to replace the switch:

This is a very inexpensive repair that you can easily accomplish on your own. I hope you find this information helpful. If you require additional assistance, please let me know.

PS This is a common problem experienced by this line of washing machines. To prevent future failures, do not slam the washer lid or place anything heavy on the lid. Repeatedly slamming the lid to get it to work, or manipulating the timer can can more potential problems.

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    Jeff Rockwell Oct 07, 2008

    It doesn't have anything to do with the water filling at different rates. That is mostly controlled by your house pressure and the condition of your water inlet valve. The lid switch, if broken, will enable the washer to fill normally, but it will not do anything beyond that point. On some models, the washer will actually agitate, but will stop when it gets to the rinse cycle. If you have doubts, use the the link I provided on how to replace a lid switch. UNPLUG the washer and open the operator console. Locate the lid switch plug and disconnect it. On the plug that is leading to the timer, make a jumper wire and connect it to the two black wires (the two outer wires - the middle one should be a ground) inside the plug. You have effectively by-passed the lid switch at this point and the washer should work normally. If it doesn't, you may have a problem with the timer. I doubt that is your problem, though. Give it a try if you like and let me know what you come up with. NOTE: Be careful to ensure the jumper is connected securely to the connector plug. I would recommend alligator clips.

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    Jeff Rockwell Oct 07, 2008

    That's great news. I would still recommend you replace the switch in the near future. You don't want moisture getting inside the old switch. Either reseal it, or replace it. They aren't that expensive. Congrats on your washer repair...

  • lesahay Jan 08, 2011

    I can not tell you how much this helped me a zip tie. We had the same problem and we took it off and put it back on and it is working fine. Some one kiss this person for me Yea!


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