I have to replace the lid switch on my kenmore washer. Whats the easiest way to get to it? Do i have to remove the control panel in order to get to the lid switch or do I only have to remove the top of the cabinet.
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Re: Lid switch repair
You cant remove one with out the other but its not hard here's how first locate the two screws either on the front or back of the control panel back them out as far as you can pull the control panel slightly forward then fold it back its on hinges next locate the two gold clips on the washer body notice how they are positioned must go back same way pop them loose with a screw driver now unplug the connector to the lid switch and if you want to test it you can put a (jumper wire to bypass the lid switch) there then tilt the washer froward have a helper in the front to hold it replace the switch then reassemble don't for get my four boxes
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the lid switch is bad its there to keep the machine from running if you open the lid during operation,remove the control panel end caps,then there are 2 screws there to remove and lay the control panel back,then there are 2 brass colored clips to remove on the top rear and then unplug the lid switch from the control panel and tilt the whole cover toward you to replace the switch under the lid
remove the screws on each end of the control panel,some units you have to remove the end caps to get to the screws, then flip back the control panel it has plastic hinges so be careful,then you unplug the lid switch,remove the two clips with a screwdriver that hold the back on,open the lid and reach on the inside and pull the back towards you and lift off the base,replace the switch and reinstall!
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/part_details.aspx?part_id=3100001&rdr=%2fmodelsearch_model.aspx%3fmodel_id%3d415134 Check out that link for the switch. As for the washer top, you don't remove just the top, you remove the whole cabinet. Remove the two end cap trim pieces from the control panel, (just pry them off) remove the two screws securing the panel to the cabinet. Flip the control panel back on it's hinges. Unhook the lid switch wire harness, and use a screwdriver to pop out the two gold clips that secure the cabinet to the back panel. You should now be able to tilt the cabinet slightly forward (towards yourself) and pull off the base. You now have full access to replace the lid switch.
Most lid switches are located under the right hand side of the top panel. Some, are located adjacent to either lid hinge. In any case, you still need to remove the washer exterior case to access it. The switch is held in place with a couple of mounting screws with a ground wire attached. This is a very simple repair, but if you experience any difficutlies please let me know. I hop this helps you.
Hi, The easiest way to replace the lid switch (if this is the reight model) is to remove the two screws holding the lid switch and pull the lid switch out so that you can splice the wires to the new switch. If you want to replace switch with the harness complete, here is how to remove the cabinet
Removing the cabinet. UNPLUG the washer. There are two screws holding the control panel to the cabinet. Most models the screw are in front but, some models have the screws in back. They are on each end. Now raise the control panel up and let it rest on the hinges. Unplug the lid switch harness and locate the clips on each side (bronze in color) and release them. Now the cabinet will lift off the frame and you can set it aside. Now you will be able to get to the switch and replace it. Plase let me know if I can assist you further.
HI, The part# is 3949238. There are two ways to replace this switch. The easiest is to remove the two screws holding the lid switch. Pull the switch out enough that you can clip the wires at the switch. Cut the harness off of the new switch leaving enough wire to put wire nuts on connecting them together.
The other way to change the switch is to remove the cabinet. Here is how:
Removing the cabinet. UNPLUG the washer. There are two screws holding the control panel to the cabinet. Most models the screw are in front but, some models have the screws in back. They are on each end. Now raise the control panel up and let it rest on the hinges. Unplug the lid switch harness and locate the clips on each side (bronze in color) and release them. Now the cabinet will lift off the frame and you can see the lid switch. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
REMOVE THE 2 SCREWS ON TOP DOWN AT THE BASE OF THE CONTROL PANEL, SLIDE IT FORWARD A BIT AND LIFT IT UP IT IS HINGED IN THE REAR. NOW REMOVE THE TWO BRASS LOOKING CLIPS FROM THE TOP AND REMEMBER HOW THEY GO BACK UNDO THE LID SWITCH CONNECTOR(IT LOOKS LIKE IT GOES THROUGH THE TOP DOWN INSIDE). NOW GRASP THE CABINET AND PULL TOWARD YOU TILL THE BOTTOM DISENGAGES FROM THE WASHER BASE.NOW YOU CAN CHANGE THE LID SWITCH
remove trims from edges of control panel
remove screws from under trims
rais and flip control panel over backwards(hinged at top) do not dislodge air hose to level sensor
remmove brass clips from washer body top, not position for reinstall
disconnect lid switch connector cable
lift and remove entire body
turn upsidie down
someone, Im not finding that model number. Going by the first six digits Im assuming that this is a regular top loader and not an Oasis washer. If so, remove the end caps on the consol by pulling them off. Remove the screws under each end cap and flip the consol up. Unplug the lid switch connector and snap springs holding the cabinet on. The whole cabinet will pull forward and you can get at the lid switch. Check out the pics and post back...Catriver.