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Filled with water at start of cycle..... completely died.... can't get it to restart or finish cycle

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Hello,

Welcome to FixYa.

Based on your description "Filled with water at start of cycle..... completely died.... can\'t get it to restart or finish cycle" it sounds like you`ll need to replace the lid switch, but first...

Here`s how you can check it pretty easily...

( this is based on the most common Whirlpool, Estate, Kitchen-Aid, Roper, Kenmore, Inglis top-load washer, not necessarily applicable to ALL...especially those built in the past 1-2yrs. the model number would distinguish if it applies to your particular model )

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...unless the actuator on the lid is broke, if so there`s the problem.

Make sure the switch 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.

Here`s a helpful link for changing it out,

http://videos.wittysparks.com/id/3098139337

The lid switch will look like this...

Filled with water at start of cycle..... - 40273ed.jpg
Let me know what you find and if I can assist you further.

Good luck.


Regards,

Macmarkus :)

Posted on Sep 16, 2010

  • wjpeirce2 Jan 06, 2011

    What if you push down on the switch with a screwdriver and it still does nothing? Is there anything else that it could be? I had this same problem last night.

  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Jan 06, 2011

    If you push down on the switch and it does nothing, the switch is likely bad.

    Good luck.

    Macmarkus :)

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