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-Washer Lid Switch 3949247 (3949237) for WhirlpooI received and installed a washer lid switch. Washer runs fine, only thing is when the lid is opened the washer does not stop. Lid switch is suppose to stop Spin Cycle, which it does not. Is there any thing that needs to be done to the switch prior to installing it?

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  • preetirvine Dec 12, 2009

    Before the switch was changed, the machine would not spin at all, because the previous lid switch was broken. The whirlpool model number is LSQ8243HQO.

  • preetirvine Dec 13, 2009

    I figured it out. The lid switch screws were on too tight. This was not allowing the switch to completely shut off. When I loosened the screws the switch was able to shut off. Thanks for you for the follow-up.

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Why did you change sw/ did washer not spin ? or same problem . you may have a shorted of faulty ( new ) sw . just because its new doesn't make it good / ck with ohm meter .. if the problem is same as before sw installed the we need to lok at a different problem . like ( timer ) or wiriing . ) mm give me some feed back and wi can go / and model # brand .. . help is on it way .. mm

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

  • dennis dodge Dec 12, 2009

    ck the lid sw again it sounds like it's not openin & closing poperly.. ( may be that new is bad .. mm

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