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Switch-lid install switch lid door plunger slides under switch no contact

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  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2008

    how to get to the lid switch?

  • bjobotts Jul 12, 2008

    Close lid on TL Kenmore and a part (small spring) fell out and washer would not begin its cycle. Put hand under rim and got shocked but washer started working. Now when touch with screw driver sparks fly and washer starts to start but quits as soon as I **** screwdriver out. Can this switch be by-passed? Or do I need to find another swithch to put under lid


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Maytag washing machine (PAV3240AWW) does not do the spin cicle

this could be a couple different things. if it stops at the spin cycle, and makes no noise at all, you need to check the lid switch. if you open the lid, the lid switch is on the right toward the rear. there is a plunger on the lid that activates the switch when you close the lid. if the switch is bad, or the switch housing is broke, replace the switch. be sure to make sure the plunger on the lid isnt broke, and not going in far enough to activate the lid switch. if this all turns out to be ok, it could be the motor slides or jammed pump bearing. you would no if it is one of these if when it gets to the spin cycle, you hear the motor run and it doesnt spin. the motor pivits on slides to one spot to aggitate, and to another spot to spin. sometimes these slides get dry and you just grease the slides and the motor plate so the motor can pivit again. if it is the pump bearing, you will hear the motor and smell "burning rubber". if this is the case, replace the pump. let me know if you have any questions, good luck. shane

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Water is now filling, washing going round in drum but not rinsing or spinning.

Spinning and Rinsing require a safety switch to be enabled by the closing of the washers lid.

Check around your lid and washer lid opening to find the mechanism that is used to activate the safety switch mounted just under the lid opening inside your machine. Sometimes it is a plastic plunger(protrusion) on the lid that mates with and opening(hole) in the machine around the lid opening to cause this switch to close. Other times it is on the hinge side of the
lid and the protrusion is formed right into the metal of the lid itself to push a plunger on the hinge side to close this safety switch.

Most spinning problems on machines are cause by this lid safety switch. Washing machines cannot spin if the lid is not closed and this safety switch is not working to switch power to the spinning motor.

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Washer stopped working - dryer ok

I checked the electrical schematic and the only thing that made sense was the lid check switch. Opened the top of the washer, checked the switch and it was not working. It is the switch shown below. The red button was not up therefore it is broken.
Just to make sure I bypaased the switch with a jumper and made the washer work.

You can order the lid switch online at, the part number is PS60679 and it costs $10.38 plus shipping.

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Appliance Repaired: Maytag Washer
Model: onceuponatime...
Age Of Appliance: 1 - 4 years

Well the washer died and would not turn on in the middle of a wash cycle. Absolutely dead. I disconnected it from power and opened up the front panel on which all the control switches and knobs are mounted. This is removed by unscrewing 4 screws at the top of the washer.

Checked the fuse, and found blown. Replaced the fuse, closed the panel and plugged it in. Still not working. Checked the Check switches and found the Check Switch really limp. Checked with Digital Multimeter and found no continuity at either position. Unscrewed the check switch. Removal and re inspection with DMM of the check switch confirmed it was bad. Opened up the check switch and found contacts were blown.

Installed a new check switch making sure all the connecting wires go in the right places. The wiring diagram in the washer was very helpful in doing so since u dont want these wires reversed. Adjusted the plunger which operates the check switches when the lid is opened to make sure it is not over or under operating the switches. This is done by loosening the bolt holding down the check switch assembly and slidint the whole assembly forwards or backwards till the plunger has just enough push on the switches. This is done to avoid the plunger from exerting excessive pressure on the check switch and the safety switch in lid open or lid closed position. (both switches are operated by the same plunger according to the lid position)

Closed panel cover and plugged the washer in. There u go, it was alive again!

Parts Used: Lid Check Switch Level of difficulty: Easy Time to do repair: 15 - 30 mins Tools: Wrench set , Screw drivers


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Lid Switch

hithanks for the question The lid switch is located under top on right side if you open the lid you will see a small plastic plunger on the lid this plunger is what activates the lid switch Thanks for your question hope thisanswers your question The appliance doc

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Lid Switch for Washing Machine

pop trims from ends of control panel
remove screws from bottom of control panel under trims
slide control panel forward and up from the bottom, and flip over backwards on its hinges
undo brass clips under control panel, NOTE* how the clips are installed
unplug lid switch cable
lift cabinet slide forward and remove cabinet
turn cabinet upside down
lid switch is accessible

assemble in reverse order

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Whirlpool wtw5850sw0

look over the top of the control panel look straight down you see 2 phillips head screws on either side youll need to remove, the console will flip back giving you access to the switch..just for curiosity its not "clicking" when you close the lid therefore it fills and stops, doesnt spin or drain???? try this the lid all the way, the left side hinge acts as the plunger for the switch.. feel under there open and close lid a little to help find the metal hinge. after finding the hinge place a 1/4 nutdriver(doesnt matter the size just needs a hollow shaft.) over the protruding portion of the hinge. still under the top but right there! when its on push the driver back(in essence bending hte armature back slightly). itll flex a bit as you push the hinge the door will push back(you got the right spot then). after you crank it back a bit try closing the lid now. did you hear it click??? your golden!!!!!!! no need to change.. reason for telling you this is for the most part the switch doesnt go bad but the lid /hinge isnt bent enough to make contact, and over time of swinging top into the fully opened position it actually bends to far forward to make contact. i have a box full of switched that other techs ordered and weren't needed. not saying they dont go bad ive seen that, but try this first might get lucky!!!!

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Kenmore Elite Model 110 washing machine will not stope the agitate cycle

If the washer fills but does not agitate or spin, this is usually a symptom of a bad lid switch. The switch will either be located on the right hand side of the washer tub opening, or in the rear on the left hand side under the console. If you have a right hand model, examine the lid and make sure the plunger that activates the switch when it is closed is still intact. The plunger is a plastic piece that is physically mounted on the lid. Sometimes they break off. If the plunger is intact, try taking a small object (like a screwdriver or popsicle stick and push down on the lid switch contact while the lid is open and the timer knob started. You should hear a distinctive "click" when you push on the switch and the washer will agitate. Sometimes the switch can become loose and no longer make good contact. If this is the case, simply tighten the two mounting screws on the tub opening. If the switch relay is not clicking you may need to replace it. The part runs about $35.

If you have the left hand style switch that is enclosed under the console, the contacts are closed by a small metal bar on the back of the lid. Sometimes this bar becomes bent or loose. Open and close the lid and listen for a distinctive "click". If you don't hear anything, you may need to adjust the metal bar, or replace the switch. This style of switch tends to cost a bit more.

If you can provide me with your model number (located under the wash lid along the tub opening), I can research the part number for you and let you know where you can get it and give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace it. This is a simple repair job that the average consumer can perform with simple instructions and a few household tools. First, determine if this is the cause of your problem. Post back with comments and let me know if this helps you.

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Will not drain or spin

The symptoms you are describing are usually caused by a bad lid switch. The washer will fill, agitate, but when it starts to go to the rinse cycle, the washer stops and will not advance any further. The lid switch is located on the right hand side of the wash tub opening on most top loader machines. Check to see if it has come loose. There are two screws holding it in place. Additionally, there should be a small plunger on the lid that pushes down on the switch to activate it when the lid is closed. Make sure this plunger is intact. If your washer does not have a lid switch mounted on the right hand side of the lid, it will be located on the left hand side in the rear under the console. A simple test is to open and close the lid and listen for a "clicking" noise. If you can't hear the contacts closing, your switch is probably bad. In the case of the rear mounted lid switch, there is an arm on the lid that activates the contacts. Sometimes the arm becomes bent and will not close the switch contacts. Generally, the repair is simple and a lid switch usually runs about $35. If you post back with your model number I can get an exact part number for you and give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace it. Let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Water fill stops

Your lid switch is probably damaged or loose. Examine the lid switch on the right-hand side of the washer tub opening. There are two screws that hold the switch in place. Check to see if they are loose. In addtion, the lid should have a small plunger that depresses the switch when the lid is closed. Make sure it is intact and not broken. If the switch is tight and the plunger is intact, the switch has probably been damaged and needs to be replaced. If you have the type of washer that has no visible plunger and/or switch, the lid switch is locate in the rear on the left hand side and has a small arm attached to the lid that activates a contact when closed. Often this arm can get bent and will not engage the lid switch contacts. A simple adjustment (sometimes) can correct this. I've seen a lot of these switches where the casing on the switch separates and the contacts will not close. Slamming a washer lid is highly NOT recommended just for this very reason. The switch is an easy replacement and costs roughly $35. If youy post back with your model number I can research to find a part number for you. I will also give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace it. I hope this helps.

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It fills up with but completely stops after it

If your washer fills, agitates, but won't spin out to rinse, this is usually a symptom of a bad lid switch. The switch is usually located on the right hand side of the washer tub opening around the rim where the lid seats. There is also a plastic plunger on the lid that will push down on the switch when closed to make contact. On some models, the lid switch is located on the left hand side of the lid in the rear. It is controlled by an armature on the hinge of the lid closing the switch contacts. Check the switch by opening and closing the lid. If you do not hear a distinctive "clicking" sound of the lid switch, the switch isn't working and/or the plunger may be broken off. If you can provide your exact model number (located under the lid of the washer along the rear rim of the tub opening) I can tell you which type of switch you have and the part number. Let me know if this is helpful. This is a very common problem with this model washer and a simple fix.

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