Question about Washing Machines
Most washing machines have a safety switch on the lid. If that switch has been broken or a wire fell off then closing the lid does not close a safety circuit and will not allow the machine to enter the spin cycle.
1st make sure the switch is getting depressed when the lid is closed. I am not familiar with your exact machine. On my Whirlpool I can take a screw driver and push the switch in while the lid is open and get the spin cycle to occur. Be careful to not have anything in the machine and keep all hands and any item you might be wearing away from the drum so it does not get caught in the spinning with the lid open. The location of the switch will very, but on mine it was on the right side, on the lip of the opening. There was a **** in the sheet metal in which a flat piece prong slid through when the lid was closed. Let me know if you need a picture and I can post a link to what it looks like on my machine.
2nd if that does not work then you may need to remove the switch and verify it is working. Unplug the washing machine from the electrical outlet. Place an Ohm Meter/Continuity tester across the switch electrical contacts. Activate the switch and you should be able to see that the switch opens/closes its electrical contacts. If it does not, replace the switch with a new one.
You can easily find replacement switches off the internet or your local appliance parts store. You will need the make and model # of your washer when ordering the part. I would check several places. I have found prices very greatly. I would expect the part to be less than $20.
Hope that helps.
Posted on Oct 24, 2008
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