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Whirlpool Whirlpool WTW5560SQ Top Load: Stopped working after filling with water. Checked electric and circuits. First thought was lid switch, but no part number in manual. So where do I go from here?

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The lid switch is likely the culprit. However, make certain the LH lid hinge screws are tight. If you cannot hear it click when you open and close the lid, it is bad.

Kelly

Posted on Mar 23, 2011

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  • bltrainman Mar 23, 2011

    Smitty:
    Thank you. Is it an easy DIY? I am relatively handy. Any youtube videos?

  • Smitty Mar 23, 2011

    Yes, it is easily replaced. Remove the screws behind each end cap on the timer console and slide the timer console forward and hinge it up. The switch is on the RH side...you can't miss it!

  • Smitty Mar 23, 2011

    LH side...sorry! Kelly

  • bltrainman Mar 25, 2011

    Kelley:

    I replaced the lid switch with a new one, but still not working. It fills with water, but does not move on to the next cycle. It just stops. Any other ideas?

  • Smitty Mar 25, 2011

    Are the screws for the LH hinge on the lid tight? You may have to measure voltage to the motor coming form the timer. Do you have a meter to test for voltage?

  • bltrainman Mar 28, 2011

    The lever on the LH hinge that triggers the lid switch is loose. It does not enage the switch completely. I should be able to tighten it. Thanks.

  • Smitty Mar 28, 2011

    Very nice, great investigative work! That should take care of your problem!

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