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Want to disengage lid lock on maytag centennial

My Maytag Centennial washer is under a year old and now the lid lock just clicks 3 or more times and then stops and the sensing light keeps flashing but the washer never starts. I was thinking if I disengage the lid lock that would solve the problem.

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  • Wendy Weader Aug 06, 2012

    Thank you very much for your reply. Fortunately the washer was still under warranty and we had the switch replaced for free..

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    I have a 300 maytag dish washer that is locked and I need to know how to turn off lock

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    flashes light washer will not turn on

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I had the same problem. The lid lock assembly is broken. If you are under warranty get it replaced. If not remove the top of the washer and take out the switch assembly. The 4 wires going in are Yellow, Red, White, and Blue. If you short the white and blue together, the washer thinks the lid is closed. If you short the red white and blue together the washer thinks the lid is closed and locked. The yellow is only there to activate the electromagnetic switch.
Disconnecting the switch assembly will not work.
The electromagnet locks the lid and it also unlocks the lid. It is not a matter of cutting the power to the magnet.
Installing 2 switches that connect the red white and blue is the best option if you want to remove the lock.
The first switch should connect the white and blue. (LID CLOSED)
The second should connect the red to the white/blue connection. (LID LOCKED)
After that the lid should work.
Please post a follow-up if this works for you.
GOOD LUCK

Posted on Aug 06, 2012

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    jamesstoner Aug 06, 2012



    I had the same problem. The lid lock assembly is broken.
    If you are under warranty get it replaced. If not remove the top of the washer
    and take out the switch assembly. The 4 wires going in are Yellow, Red, White,
    and Blue. If you short the white and blue together, the washer thinks the lid
    is closed. If you short the red white and blue together the washer thinks the
    lid is closed and locked. The yellow is only there to activate the
    electromagnetic switch.

    Disconnecting the switch assembly will not work.

    The electromagnet locks the lid and it also unlocks the lid. It is not a matter
    of cutting the power to the magnet.

    Installing 2 switches that connect the red white and blue is the best option if
    you want to remove the lock.

    The first switch should connect the white and blue. (LID CLOSED)

    The second should connect the red to the white/blue connection. (LID LOCKED)

    After that the lid should work.

    Please post a follow-up if this works for you.

    GOOD LUCK



    I had the same problem. The lid lock assembly is broken. If you are under warranty get it replaced. If not remove the top of the washer and take out the switch assembly. The 4 wires going in are Yellow, Red, White, and Blue. If you short the white and blue together, the washer thinks the lid is closed. If you short the red white and blue together the washer thinks the lid is closed and locked. The yellow is only there to activate the electromagnetic switch.
    Disconnecting the switch assembly will not work.
    The electromagnet locks the lid and it also unlocks the lid. It is not a matter of cutting the power to the magnet.
    Installing 2 switches that connect the red white and blue is the best option if you want to remove the lock.
    The first switch should connect the white and blue. (LID CLOSED)
    The second should connect the red to the white/blue connection. (LID LOCKED)
    After that the lid should work.
    Please post a follow-up if this works for you.
    GOOD LUCK

  • jamesstoner
    jamesstoner Aug 06, 2012

    So after further investigation the yellow is connected to the white through the electromagnet.

  • Judy Krus Jun 25, 2013

    I am under warranty but can't find the papers with the phone number. Where can I find it?

  • Vi Suwan
    Vi Suwan Mar 11, 2014

    The wiring from James does work, there is a caveat, but this maybe just with the newer washers. The controller on the washer expects a sequence of events from what James wrote with the red wire. Once you connec the red, the machine will cycle and then lid lock will light up, once this happens, reapply the red and let if flash a few times, the machine will operate normally. I believe this is a safey feature from people just putting the key in the slot to run with the lid open. If the machine doesnt operate after the second time, release the red and reapply. Ive run several loads now. This sequence is annoying, but will get the machine working for the time being. Hope it helps anyone.

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2016

    Yes this work great for me. I used this info and the info from from the Electric man below to install a toggle on my washer and it works great. Thanks

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Hey All,
if you know the sequence of operation of the washer you only one switch. I'm a master electrician, I've been in the trade 17 years.
A simple toggle switch works great. Here's how.
the white and blue wire, connect together on one terminal of the toggle switch, lid closed. The red wire connect to the other terminal on the toggle switch.
Washer sequence, is sensing lid locks, turn toggle on. The next stage is the washer will unlock the lid, the lid lock led will flash, turn toggle switch off. You will then hear a click, turn toggle back on, lid locked. Works great!
cap the yellow wire you don't need it.

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  • John Malpas
    John Malpas Apr 20, 2016

    worked for me like a charm

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2016

    worked great for me combined with the info from the fellow above.

  • Anonymous Oct 15, 2016

    worked great and real simple, Thanks Dan!

  • cecille santos
    cecille santos Apr 10, 2017

    hi..can you show me how? i have the 4KMVWC3008W0 MODEL

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This is not a solution...called a repair service for my one year old Maytag..he laughed..seem it all...Warranty just out Oct 17,2012..his suggestion..get a new washing machine..Thanks for all the responses..I really appreciate the thought...

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This model Maytag is actually manufactured by Whirlpool. To access the lid switch on this particular model, all you should have to do is remove the operator console. The console has a retaining clip on each side holding it to the cabinet top. To release these clips, simply take a putty knife and slide it under the left and right front corners of the control panel push straight in towards the back of the washer. The clips will depress, allowing the operator console to be lifted up. The lid switch is mounted next to the left lid hinge. Refer to the "Top and Cabinet" parts illustration, Item 6 at searspartsdirect.com:


http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Maytag-Parts/Washer-Parts/Model-MVWC400VW1/3048/0153200?pathTaken=&prst=0&shdMod=MVWC400VW1

Some other websites you may refer to for parts include:

pcappliancerepair.com
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repairclinic.com

NOTE: If you model number does not cross reference to these sites, use the part numbers fromthe Sears websites as your search criteria. Often, the model numbers may not be included on some websites (newly added models), but the part numbers will.

HINT: In some cases, what may appear to be a bad lid switch, may only be an actuator adjustment. The acutator on these models is the rod attached to the left lid hinge. You can bend the rod slightly to adjust the contact with the lid switch, or it may be tightened as necessary. If the switch toggles (clicks) by hand with the actuator rod removed, the switch typically is not bad.

If you need to remove the entire cabinet to access under the lid, the following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3631789-washer_case_removal_whirlpool_top


If you need further assistance, please post back and let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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