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Spin cycle will not commence , with lid down, it seems the switch/contact control in the top of the bowl may be malfunctioning

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You need to change out the lid switch,send the model number and i'll give you the part number and the price,if you need to know how to change it let me know and i can help you out

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Machine (mhdsr165foww) washes and drains but when it gets to the spin cycle it does not start sounds like the lid is not locking. Lights flashing on controll pannel: Lid, rinse, spin. Any ideas?


Sounds like the lid switch is malfunctioning. The contacts in the switch may be dirty or rusted. Push down on your switch button and listen for the little click, if it still has a little click to it, spray a little WD40 on it while repeatidly pushing it down several times. Reply back to this post and let me know how you made out.

Dec 02, 2010 | Washing Machines

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Shuts down before spin cycle


If this is a Whirlpool manufactured top loader (such as Kenmore), the most common cause of the problem you are experiencing is a lid switch malfunction. Symptoms may include, filling and stopping on the intial fill cycle, a wash tub that will not drain, and stopping right after the wash cycle and not advancing to rinse or spin cycles.

The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3557193-replacing_a_lid_switch

On some models, the lid switch is located under the top casing by one of the lid hinges. You will know if you if you have this type of switch, because It does not have a lid strike and the small hole on the right hand side of the wash tub will not be present. This switch is actuated (toggled) by a rod on the lid hinge. With this type of switch, if you locate it and it can be toggled by hand, you may only need to adjust the actuator by bending it slightly.

NOTE: You do not have to drain or bail the water from the washer tub to perform this repair. Once a defective lid switch is replaced, the washer should drain normally.

A replacement lid switch (if required) can be purchased at any of the following web sites:

searspartsdirect.com
pcappliancerepair.com
appliancepartspros.com
repairclinic.com

The average price is about $20 - $30 if you perform the repair yourself. Prices differ between sites so shop and compare.

If you have questions, or need additional assistance, please post back with your MODEL NUMBER and let me know. The lid switch is a very simple repair that you can easily perform without the assistance of a repairman. I hope this information is helpful.

Apr 18, 2010 | Washing Machines

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I have a Whirlpool 2 ultimate care top loading washer that wont spin- clothes come out soaked. I pulled tghe motor, and the coupling between it and the transmission is fine- I spin the trans shaft, and it...


I would recommend checking your lid switch. If the washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain, this is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug.

If not activated by a lid strike, other models have the lid switch located under the washer casing next to one of the lid hinges. It is activated by a rod contacting an actuator. The mounting scews for this type are located under the operator console.

If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to access the washer interior and replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at appliancepartspros.com, searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, or repairclinic.com. The average cost of a replacement is $25 to $35.

NOTE: Pounding on the lid or storing heavy items on the lid can contribute to premature failure of the lid switch.

If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Aug 23, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9564J Top...

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Machine fills and aggitates just fine, then at the end of the wash cycle just stops. It won't drain, rinse, or spin. The timer stops advancing too, it just hangs at the end of the wash cycle. Manually...


If the washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug. If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. Just use your model number as your search criteria. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price.

If you still have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Jul 29, 2009 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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My whirlpool does not work in the spin cycle


Check the spin cycle activation switch located on the lip of the machines casing where the lid comes down to close.

Often the switch that activates the cycle either goes out and simply needs replaced. Or has worked loose from it's bracing and when the lip comes down to make contact { push it in } the switch body shifts and doesn't receive enough pressure to activate the cycle.

Replacing the switch is both easy and inexpensive if you replace it yourself and avoid a tech service call that would generally cost more than the part itself.

Jul 27, 2009 | Whirlpool Ultimate Care II LSQ9564J Top...

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Does not agitate or spin - fills and drains - checked belt & pulleys seems fine


Hello
Welcome to fixya.
I'm Huuum and happy to assist you,

The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety.

Read below

First,turn the control dial to proper cycle and pull dial out to start the washer. If
equipped with buttons, be sure they are fully depressed.
Close lid and pull dial out to start the washer. For your safety, washer will
not agitate or spin unless the lid is closed.
The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety. Call for
service.
Pauses are normal. Wait and see if the washer will start again.


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Thank you

Sep 28, 2008 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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My Maytag Washer


Hello
Welcome to fixya.
I'm Huuum and happy to assist you,

The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety.

Read below

First,turn the control dial to proper cycle and pull dial out to start the washer. If
equipped with buttons, be sure they are fully depressed.
Close lid and pull dial out to start the washer. For your safety, washer will
not agitate or spin unless the lid is closed.
The washer is equipped with a lid switch failure detector. If the lid switch
should malfunction, the detector will stop operations for your safety. Call for
service.
Pauses are normal. Wait and see if the washer will start again.


Please remember to leave a rating before you go!
Thank you

Sep 16, 2008 | Maytag Atlantis MAV6000 Top Load Washer

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Washing machine stops at spin cycle and now won't run at all


Possibly the lid switch. It won't spin if it doesn't know the lid is closed. Some washers won't agitate with the lid open either, so let it fill until it starts agitating, then lift the lid. If the washer stops you know you've got a good lid switch. If it keeps going you know you need to test the lid switch. Just hearing if it clicks or not is not always a sign it's good. Some Maytag/ Admiral washer lid switches have more than one contact that must close to spin.
It could also be a problem with the timer. Put it in the spin cycle where you know it should be spinning. Make sure the lid is closed. Grab the timer knob and try wiggling the timer shaft up and down and around without turning the knob. If it starts and stops you've got a bad timer. You may still have a bad timer if nothing happens, but you'd have to check it with a meter.

Jul 21, 2008 | Admiral AW22 Top Load Washer

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