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Have to slam the lid

My washer machine has been doing something different. Sometimes it wont start while the lid is down. You have to lift it and shut or slam down. Now it wont start washing, and of course I have a load in there. I keep lifting, shutting, slamming. Any suggestions?

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    My washer machine has been doing something different. Sometimes it wont start while the lid is down. You have to lift it and shut or slam down. Now it wont start washing, and of course I have a load in there

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The same thing happened here. It turned out to be the lid switch. It can be accessed by taking off the back plate (behind the controls) by unscrewing three screws and two screw bolts -simple.

I removed the lid switch and tested it with an ohm meter - instructions are on this site. You should have continuity across machine-motor, as well as across machine -line. (These are labeled on the switch).

If you don't have a meter and you still want to see if that's the problem, after you have removed the lid switch, short the machine and line connectors, (you'll see these labeled on the lid switch so you'll be able to figure out which wires go with what) as well as shorting the machine and motor connectors. Both of these need to be shorted. That bypasses the switch and will activate the motor and controls.

That's what I did to confirm that it was all a "lid switch " problem. I ordered a lid switch from this site for $24.95 for the repair, and will use the "shorting process" to do a couple of loads of wash as I wait three days to get the switch. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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