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Washer spins after lifting lid several times

I have a Kenmore washer model number 110 92429100 stock number 24291 that is 15 years old. Most of the time it will make a humming sound when it should be spinning. If the lid is lifted multiple times, it will spin. Everything else works fine.

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I would bet you have a lid switch starting to go bad. This is a common symptom. This is an inexpensive and simple repair job if you wish to pursue this on your own. If you open and close the lid, you should hear a distinctive "clicking" sound as the lid switch is activated when the lid closes. If you hear no sound, you need to check the following:

Some washers have the lid switch under the right-hand side of the wash tub opening and is activated through a small slot on the wash tub casing rim by a small plastic piece on the lid called a lid strike. If this is the type you have, make sure the lid strike is still intact or the switch will not activate. Check the two mounting screws next to the slot and make sure they are present and tight. These are the mounting screws that hold the lid switch in place. If they come loose it can prevent the switch from activating.

Newer models have the lid switch mounted under the washer casing in the left-hand rear adjacent to the left washer lid hinge. The switch is activated by a rod on the lid hinge. Sometimes a simple adjustment of this rod can correct contact problems.

If you make all these preliminary checks and the switch still does not work, replace it. The following link will give you step-by-step instructions on how to replace the switch:

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

Let me know if you require further assistance or part sources. I hope this helps you.

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