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The switch # 3949238 on my kenmore washer #110.29842991 is broken. how do I remove the top cabinet so I can replace the part?b

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Disconnect the power first.

Many washers have spring clips holding the lid in place, and a putty knife or scraper can be shimmied in to compress the clips and open the lid for service.

Some units, esp old Maytags, have 2 screws near the bottom of the front panel, and removing them will let the front panel tilt out, granting access to the top cover from the front.

Some later Whirlpool and Kenmore units have a cabinet that comes off in one piece. You'll need to remove 2 screws holding the splash panel to the top of the washer. Flip the panel up giving access to the timer/switches area. Disconnect the white plastic wire connector, then use a screwdriver to pop the metal clips in the corner. Set these aside, and the whole cabinet will tilt forward, and can then be lifted off the washer base/back. Space to work will be an advantage, for this type of cabinet.

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The following link explains step-by-step how to replace a lid switch on this model Kenmore:

If you have not purchased a new lid switch yet, the part number is 3949238. You can purchase it at any of the following websites:

Prices vary between these sites so shop all of them for the best deal.

If you have any questions about this repair, or if you require additional assistance, please let me know.

NOTE: The wiring harness for the lid switch is held in place under the cabinet by small retaining clips. Simply pry the clips back to pull the harness free.

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First, see the Sears parts site for your washer:!retrieve.pd?modelNumber=110.82874120+

Go to the section on Top and Cabinet and you should see how the switch mounts to the cabinet.

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HI, The part# is 3949238. There are two ways to replace this switch. The easiest is to remove the two screws holding the lid switch. Pull the switch out enough that you can clip the wires at the switch. Cut the harness off of the new switch leaving enough wire to put wire nuts on connecting them together.
The other way to change the switch is to remove the cabinet. Here is how:
Removing the cabinet. UNPLUG the washer. There are two screws holding the control panel to the cabinet. Most models the screw are in front but, some models have the screws in back. They are on each end. Now raise the control panel up and let it rest on the hinges. Unplug the lid switch harness and locate the clips on each side (bronze in color) and release them.
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Remove the screws that hold the control console to the top of your Oasis washer. In some Kenmore Oasis models, the two screws may be covered by plastic end caps. After removing the screws, set them aside until you are ready to replace them.

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Slide your screwdriver underneath the metal cabinet clips. Wiggle the screwdriver back and forth to gently pry the cabinet clips free.

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