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Do i have to take the control off to replace the lid switch? not sure how to get to the switch?

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    Bruce Volkers May 11, 2010

    The earlier post by micbeth1981 gives a good general description of how to access the switch for replacement. I would just like to add though that while the switch could be bypassed as a test in a troubleshooting procedure, it is under no circumstances that any contributor herein should ever suggest circumventing a safety device such as the lid switch in a washer as any permanent solution to any problem. If you meant it as a test that's fine, but be clear about that it is only for a test. That switch is there for a reason and must be maintained for personal safety and protection from any liability. Don't ever assume that no one would ever be so stupid as to put their hand in a spinning washer, as I am sure that is exactly why there is a lid switch there now. I'm not trying to come down on you, if anything the visitors here see "Guru" and come here with a respect for the advice and solutions we provide, and may therefore blindly follow anything you or I may suggest. Let's not let them down.

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The following link explains how to replace a lid switch:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

To answer your initial question, "Yes", you do have to remove the operator console to get to the switch. You will also need to remove the exterior case. The repair is not as difficult as it sounds and the switch is inexpensive. If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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You can by pass it by pulling the 2 lid switch wires together or replace it,there are 2 screws on the head 1 on each side front,you might have plastic caps that did to pop off,remove the screws flip up the head,use a screw driver to release the 2 sping clips o1 on eash side,unplug the lid switch,now you can pull the cabinet off to replace the lid switch or by pass-mike

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Samsung WF42H5400 AW/A2 Washer was briefly unplugged, then plugged back in. Now, it will not power on. Any ideas as to why?


hi Peggy.
Main reasons a washer will not start (either front or top load):
1. Power breaker off, washer not plugged in.
2. Lid switch faulty, door switch faulty.
3. Start switch and or timer faulty.
4. Washer motor faulty.
5. Main control board faulty or shorted.
Power to Washer
Be sure the washer is plugged into the electrical outlet in the wall. Also be sure the breaker switch in the breaker box is turned on. If you live in an older home your box may be called a fuse box. If so, make sure the fuse is in good working condition.
Door Switch Strike (Front Load Washer)
The door switch is a safety feature on front loading washing machines. On front loaders, the door switch must be closed and the door must be locked. If this switch malfunctions, the washer won't start. This switch is in the door frame of the washing machine where the door shuts. If you suspect the door switch is causing your washer to not start, carefully check the strike where it engages into the door lock assembly. Be sure the lock is working properly by keeping the door shut and locked shut. You can check the door switch for continuity with a multimeter. Be sure to disconnect the power to the washer when you check for continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the door switch.
Lid Switch (Top Load Washer)
A lid switch is a safety device located under the lid on top load washers. This lid switch will not let the motor operate when the the lid is open. If the lid switch is faulty, then the washing machine will not start. It may fill with water but will not spin if the switch is faulty. Some lid switches on top loaders also control the water inlet valve. In some top load washers, if the lid switch is bad, the washer will not fill with water. The lid switch is under the lid. There is a pin or pusher attached to the lid. This pin or pusher (when lid is closed) will press the lid switch. If your washer will not start, be sure the switch is being pressed. If the lid switch is being pressed but no power is being supplied to the washers motor, then the switch is most likely bad. To test the switch, turn off power to washer and remove the wires from the lid switch. Check the switch for continuity with a multimeter. If there is no continuity, replace the lid switch.
Start Switch and Timer (Top Load Washer)
The start switch timer on top load washers is part of the timer. This starting switch is turned on by pulling out the timer knob. If after pulling the timer knob the washer will not start, you can test it for continuity with a multimeter. Remove power from the washing machine and find the timer contacts. Some top loaders have a start switch that is a momentary contact type of switch. This switch will be located on the control panel. You can also test this switch for continuity with a multimeter while pushing the button in. Remove power from the washer before testing for continuity. If there is no continuity, replace the start switch and or timer.
Timer Knobs
Sometimes the timer knob wears out and cannot properly engage the timer shaft. If this is the case, then the knob is at fault. The knob cannot grip the shaft therefore is unable to turn the machine on. A worn knob will cause it to slip. Turn off power to the washer and inspect the back of the timer. Make sure the timer shaft engages the knob when it is pulled in or pushed out. If the knob is worn, replace it with a new one.
Drive Motor
Both top and front load washers use a motor that spins and agitates. (A top load washer uses a reversing motor) The motor spins in one direction to agitate and the other direction to spin. When the wash motor will not turn on it may be faulty. If the motor makes strange humming sounds then the motor may be at fault. To test the motor, remove the belts and try to start the motor. If it runs then you know something else in the washer is causing the issue. On newer direct drive washers, you will have to disconnect the pump and the coupling to the trans. If the direct drive motor turns on, then then you have a transmission issue or possibly the pump. If the direct drive motor won't start then it should be replaced. On front load washers the motor drives the washing basket with a ribbed belt. Remove the belt and try to start the motor. If the motor runs, then be sure the basket turns and doesn't have anything stuck or jammed between it and the outer tub basket.
Main Electric Control Board
The control board controls every component in your washer. If the main control board does not properly control the motor, the filling valve, the drain motor, or the door lock, the washer will not start. The only way to determine if the control board is at fault is to visually inspect it. Check for burned areas or any component on the board that may look burned or damaged. If you find burned areas or components on the control board, remove and replace it.
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I put the clothes in washer it filled up but it would not start agitating Model # is LAT9605AAE and serial # is 13670953My Thank You


The lid switch may be out of adjustment or broken. Open the control panel and locate the lid switch.With the control panel open look at the lid switch mechanism as you open and close the lid. Make sure the slide is making contact with the lid switch.
If your model has a fuse on the lid switch verify the fuse is not blown.

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How do I remove the lid to a Roper RAX4232JQ top load washer? I need to replace the lid switch. Thanks


To replace the lid switch you need to unplug the washer first. Then remove 2 screws on either side of the control console. These 2 screws are on the back side of the control console and are on the far left and far right. They go in at an angle and are phillips head. They won't come out all the way, but loosen them enough so that the control console will flip up and backwards, it should not come off because it is hinged. Then you will see 2 brass spring clips, one on the left and one on the right that hold the entire case of the washer (top, front, sides, all wrap around) on. Remove those then the whole washer cabinet should remove. Be sure you unplug the lid switch located near the middle under the control console. Replace the switch and reassemble.

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How much does it usually cost to repair a lid switch?


A lid switch is a simple item to replace. I wouldn't guess a switch to be more than $10-$15, if that much. You can easily verify if the lid switch is in fact faulty. Unplug the machine first. Open the top control panel to expose the main wiring harness and control switches. There should be wiring harness (bundle) with wires going to the lid switch. (Look from the lid switch backward if necessary.) There may be a connector (usually 3-wire) somewhere between the switch and the main wiring bundle. If you have a multitester, check continuity between the wires (on the switch side) while manually manipulating the lid switch. OR, if you don't have a multitester, find the connector on the wiring harness side and jumper the 2 control wires together (making sure not to connect the ground wire). Plug the unit back in and see it that solves your problem.

UNDERSTAND that a lid switch is either open or closed. It is really no different the you shorting the 2 control wires together

I have an older washing machine and decided to just jumper it out so I don't have to worry about the lid switch. No one in my house is small enough to fall into the washing machine when the lid is open, so it's no big deal.

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When it comes on and fills with water it stops working, and you cant drain it


The lid switch is the most likely the problem. you should hear a "click" when you open, and when you close the lid. If you dont hear a "click", check the lid switch. It is located inside the control panel. remove the screw in the back of each end cap, they are at a slight angle. remove the 2 hex-head screws at the top-rear of the control panel, then slide the panel toward you and set the panel down on the timer knob. the lid switch is on the left in the cabinet top. make sure its seated and clips in place. they are plastic, and the "bracket" on them break and dont stay down. if this is the case, replace the lid switch. If the lid switch is ok, you have a bad timer.

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Hi, check the following trouble spots below. you will find the issue in one or, all the areas stated.


1. No power to the washer
Make sure there's power getting to the washer. Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for power. Sometimes the power cord disconnects at the washer, if this is the case, the wiring must be repaired or replaced.

2. Lid switch/door switch
The washing machine may not function if the lid switch is defective. The switch is usually located near the door. Replace if found defective.


**If you are getting power to the washer and, step 1 and 2 check out ok, replace the timer control or control Board and start switch as well.(You can test the continuity or, resistance level of the Lid switch/door switch with a multimeter(ohm).

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No power
Lid switch
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Some machines have a special lid-switch fuse nearthe lid switch, inside the control panel. If this fuse blows, the unitwon't fill with water until you replace the fuse.

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