Question about Kenmore Washing Machines
Hello Jennifer, welcome to Fixya.
It sounds like a lid switch problem based on your description.
Can you provide the actual model number ? It should be on a white tag when you lift the lid, it may be hard to see and usually starts with a 110...
Here's a simple way to confirm the switch problem on most kenmore top load washer's but not all, hence the need for the model number...
Lift the lid, if you observe the underside of the lid there will be a plastic "strike" or "actuator" that goes into a hole when the lid is closed.
Check the hole where the actuator goes into the cabinet and insure you can see a gray oval shaped piece. If so take a small screw-driver, pen/pencil or something small enough to fit thru the small hole and try activating the switch by pushing it down ( machine must be in the agitate or spin cycle ). If you don't see it, the switch has likely broken loose and needs to be replaced.
If it start's to function than the switch is not being contacted properly by the actuator on the lid and likely is due to the switch being worn. Make sure it is being held in place via the two screws along the side, if they are loose tighten them, if it is broken, it will need to be replaced.
I'll watch for your reply to see what you find and if I can assist you further with the model number.
Posted on Jul 07, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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