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Washing machine will not start washing when lid is lowered

What ever triggers the washing machine to wash after the filling with water when I lower the lid is not working. We used to have to let the lid drop a few times to trigger the wash cycle, but now it will not start the wash cycle at all.

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  • Esteele Jan 04, 2008

    The machine is a Whirlpool top load. I need some help with how to troubleshoot the issue.

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Sounds to me like its either the washer timer or a lid switch. Both parts are relatively easy to replace yourself and I would lean toward the lid switch. Its important to check for any loose wires first around the lid switch. If you have anymore information or questions, dont hesitate to ask.

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Ya. not a big problem it seems. here it goes
when ever you close the lid the tip of lid touches a sensor which signals the control board to start the rinse cycle.
now these many days that sensor has been in dying stage. that is why you were often closing it to let the cycle open.
now that sensor has completely dies.
just replace the sensor at the point where the lid touches the opening.
after that enjoy washing.

Posted on Jan 04, 2008

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 04, 2008

    You may be able to check it. With the lid open and the dial set to
    agitate, try inserting a something PLASTIC like a stirrer or ballpoint
    pen cap into the slot where the lid cam engages the switch. It may be
    possible to manually turn the switch on with pressure UP, in the
    direction the cam would normally contact.

    if this is not working the lid switch is the problem. you will have to replace it.
    else it is the timer problem.. you will have to replace the timer.
    thank you sir.

  • dewan nafees ahmed Jan 09, 2008

    if this is not working the lid switch is the problem. you will have to replace it.
    else it is the timer problem.. you will have to replace the timer.
    thank you sir.

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