Question about Washing Machines
If this is a Kenmore, Estate, Roper, or other Whirlpool manufactured top loading washing machine, the symptoms you describe may be caused by your lid switch.
If the washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:
If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. Just use your model number as your search criteria. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price.
If my diagnosis is incorrect, or if you have a model washer that is not mentioned here, please post back with your MODEL number so that I may be able to assist you better. If you still have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Jul 28, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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