Lid Switch Assembly

PartSelect Number PS334600

This part makes sure that the lid is shut before allowing the machine to start or agitate.

This part works with the following brands: Whirlpool, Admiral, Estate, Inglis, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Roper, Maytag, Crosley, Jenn-Air, Hardwick, Magic Chef, Amana, Caloric & Glenwood.

This part fixes the following symptoms:

  • Will not drain.
  • Will not start.
  • Timer will not advance.
  • Pumps but will not spin.
  • Will not agitate.
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Parts Used

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers, Wrench(Adjustable)

CustomerFred from Midlothian VA

Washing machine kept cutting off mid-cycle

I had to remove the washing machine from the laundry room (our laundry room is pretty small).

I read the do-it-yourself explanation posted by Paul From Glendale CA and followed his instructions.

1. Unplugged the Washer and disconnected the hoses, so I could slide the washer into the kitchen.

2- Unfastened the two screws in the front lower corners of the controls panel and tilted is back. Unfastened the old lid-switch wiring from the control panel.

3. Remove the clips at the two corners under the control panel. I rotated the cover forward to clear it from the back and lifted it off and set it off to the side.

4. While I had the Washer disassembled I vacuumed out all the accumulation of dust, etc.

5. Removed the lid switch and unfastened the ground wire.

6. Installed the new switch and reassembled the Washer.

7. I did not read Paul's reassembly instructions closely enough. The front flange of the cover goes UNDER the steel frame on the washer. I spent 30 minutes trying to get the cover on, then finally figured that out on my own. Once I got the flange under the frame, it took about five minutes to get the cover on, the clips in and the control panel back into positions and reassembled.

The entire process is not particularly difficult. Had I read the "UNDER the frame" part earlier, the entire repair would have taken no more than 45 minutes.

Having another person to help reinstall the cover would be helpful. The cover is not heavy but it is a little awkward to handle and having another person to help line up the back cover, etc. will make the reassembly even easier.

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Parts Used

  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerBart from Houston TX

Wouldn't spin or drain

Lid switch broke off (plastic housing broke in half at the screws). This definitely gets easier after doing it just once. Took me a while to figure out I needed to pop off the plastic caps on the sides of the top control panel, to expose the two screws that others mention. Remove the two screws, lay the control panel forward exposing the two metal clips on top holding the cabinet in place. Unhook the clips, voila. The plastic connector of the replacement switch didn't exactly match the old one so I cut and splice (wire nuts and tape). Cleaned everything well while I had it all apart. If I ever have to do this again, it should take a fraction of the time.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerTimothy from St. Petersburg FL

Would not change steps during washing cycle

1. unplug washer
2. move washer out from wall.
3. remove 4 screws that hold control panel; 2 screws on face and 2 screws an back
4. lift control panel to reach plug for lid switch
and unplug old switch
5. open lid and remove 2 screws that hold lid switch on top opening; remove nut that holds ground wire from lid switch
6. remove old lid switch
7. new lid switch needs to be modified to fit in position,i.e. break tube surrounding wires of lid switch to be 1/2 length.
8. plug in new switch at control panel
9. screw in lid switch at lid opening and reattach ground wire.
10. screw control panel in place

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerDavid from Roanoke VA

Lid switch failed

I didn't think this would be particularly difficult but it was easier than I expected.

UNPLUG THE MACHINE

Remove the two screws (one on the right , one on the left) That allows the control panel to swing up.

Lift the panel up.
There is a plastic wiring connector that is secured in the top of the washer housing. Press the sides of the top of the connector and remove the top connector. (The bottom part of the connector will still be secured to the housing)

There will be two clamps one on the right side under the control panel, and one on the right.
Use a screwdriver to pop out these clamps. This is where I used the washcloth to place between the screwdriver and the washing machine body to avoid scratching the surface.

Once you pop out these clamps, the housing is free from the tub frame.
Twist the housing just a little and tilt it forward. IT will just slide off the frame.
You can now take the housing wherever you want to more easily get to the switch. It is mounted in the housing.
Take a good look at the way the switch is mounted and the wiring tube is secured because you will need to at least have an idea how to put it back into place.

There will be two clips that hold the wiring tube in place. One on the side and one on the top. Use a screwdriver (and the washcloth if necessary) to loosen and remove the clips.

There are two screws that hold the switch to the housing. Remove these and keep the screws. You will need them to attach the new switch.

Now the only thing keeping you from removing the switch is the connector which you saw earlier before removing the housing. Squeeze the sides of the clip and free it from the housing.

Mount the new switch into the housing and route the wiring. You may have to use a small pair of pliers to squeeze the clips back together to hold the wiring tube to the housing.
Attach the green ground wire to the housing frame just like the one you removed to get the wring tube off the housing.

Push the connector end through the hole designed for it until it snaps into place.

Replacing the Housing back on the frame:
Let the housing all the way down, and slide the front lip of the housing UNDER the front brace of the tub frame.
Carefully let the housing lower onto the side rails (the housing will go on TOP of the side rails).
You may have to gently twist the housing to let it fall into the proper place.
Take the clips and secure the housing back to the tub frame.
These just POP back into place with applied pressure.
Re-connect the lid switch to the control panel wiring connector.
Swing the control panel back down into place and replace the screws on the left and right sides.

PLUG IN THE MACHINE

Viola!! You are ready to perform your favorite laundry task.(Yeah RIGHT!!) Or just yell "HONEY the washing machine is ready for you." Anyway, after the swelling in your eyes go down you will see that your washer is ready to use.

This took me about 40 minutes but some of that time was spent understanding just what to do. With these instructions, you may be able to do it in 30 minutes.

I hope this helps you. Kudos to the Whirlpool Engineers who made this machine easy to work on. This is the 3rd repair I have done on mine. (Rebuilt the agitator drive and replaced the timer) For 18 years of use.. that ain't bad. I think it is good for another 5 years at least. Total cost for this repair: Part=$37, Shipping=$7, Time spent=40 minutes. Not bad considering a serviceman is going to charge $90 labor for the first hour plus parts.

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Parts Used

  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerDiane from South Windsor CT

Lid switch

Removed all screws to electronic knob panel, unplugged lid switch from panel. Removed washer surround and unclipped wires. Since I had the surround removed, I was able to view the washer drum. Decided to remove all tub clips and clean tub and removed all built up soap and lint. Did the reverse and re-clipped, rescrewed and put surround back together. Hardest problem was putting the washer surround back on the tub. I'm not an extremely strong woman - but did it just the same. Neglected to advise I'm unemployed and recently had a quadrouple bypass. Needed to save money, Sears quoted me $300.00 to fix the machine. No way would I pay that amount of money so I did it myself. Thank you very much!

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerRonald from North Brunswick NJ

Plastic holding the lid switch screws broke

Removed the 2 screws holding the control panel.
Tilt the control panel back to expose the spring clips.
Disconnected the Lid Switch Harness plug from the control panel.
Pry out the 2 spring clips, each located on either side of the top of the cabinet.
Openned top lid, placed one hand into the lid openning and pulled the cabinet forward.
Disconnected ground wire. Installed new switch while cabinet was off. Reconnected Harness connector after re-installing the cabinet.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Pliers, Screw drivers

CustomerNancy from Montgomery City MO

Washer kept stopping - had to hit lid

first I had to work in a closet, so couldn't get body off, just the back. The part removed and replaced really easy. Dropped a socket and a clip, had to get my reacher to get them. Difficulty was in getting the back, back on. Now everything works just fine and all the laundry is almost done.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerVandyke from Harvey LA

Wouldn’t switch cycles

Unplug the washing machine. Remove screws from the washing machine control console and lift it up. Then removed medal springs that connect the back of the washing machine to the cabinet. Then removed the cabinet about 3/4 of an inch forward. Then unscrew the old Lid Switch Assembly and put in the new one. Then slide the cabinet back on the washer and screw it back together and replug it and it worked.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerShane from Holdrege NE

Would not agitate or spin

unpluged the washer. removed the two screws on console. unpluged the lid switch connector and seperated it from the cabinet.removed the body clips. removed the washer cabinet. removed the two screws holding the lid switch. removed the two cable or wire clips.
checked new part against the old. put the two screws mounting the lid switch back in. put the two cable clamps back securing the lid switch wires. put the cabinet on.reconnected the lid swich wire connector to the cabinet.pluged in the lid swich to connector.put the body clamps back in place.put the two screws holding the console back in. plug washer back in to main power. stared the washer and ran it through a cycle testing the lid switch.
worked great.
Thanks

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerMichael from Wantagh NY

Washer would stop mid-cycle - lid switch was broken.

This website was such a big help. I just followed the directions of the other prople who answered. I was able to do this even though I am not that mechanically inclined. The toughest part was removing the two metal clips that hold the back to the top. I needed a screwdriver to lift these out, but after this the repair was a simple matter of following the old switch line along the inside top of the washer body, removing the ground wire (a bit tricky because you have to lean the unit foward while trying to remove a screw that hangs down at the same time). and screwing in the new unit. Thanks to everyone who posted comments before. You were real life savers (and saved me hundreds of dollars in repair costs or replacement fees!!!!!!!). Thanks again!

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsNutdriver, Screw drivers

CustomerDavid from North Baltimore OH

Washing machine would not run because the lid switch was broken

I read other peoples repair advice and did what they suggested.I suggest after taking screws out of control panel and exposing metal clips that connect back panel to cabinet,to remove clips and slide cabinet into an open space ,(utility room, kitchen ,or what ever may be the case)and then you will have room to install lid switch. after switchassembly is installed return cabinet to frame and slide back into place and re-install clips to back panel. then reinstall control panel and you should be ready to go.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:1- 2 hours

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerSharon from San Diego CA

Washer would not drain or spin/lid switch was broken

1) Unplugged machine
2) Removed two screws that held the control panel in place
3) Disengaged the lid switch form the control panel
4) Removed the washing machine cabinet
5) Removed old lid switch and replaced it with new lid switch
6) Put everything back together.
This probably would have taken the repair man about 15 minutes, but it took me much longer because I had never done this before and had to follow the instructions step by step. My washer was bought in 1993 so it was 16 years old at the time of the repair.

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyEasy

Time to do repair:30 - 60 mins

ToolsPliers, Screw drivers

CustomerFrancis from Clayton NJ

Washer wouldn't drain or go into spin cycle

Had to remove cabinet to get to lid switch to replace. The most time consuming part was removing and replacing the cabinet. The rest was easy.

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Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:15 - 30 mins

ToolsSocket set

CustomerLARRY from GOLDSBORO NC

Would not agitate

POPPED THE CAP OFF, REMOVED THE INNER CAP, REMOVED THE 11MM BOLT THEN REMOVED THE UNIT. THE UNIT I PURCHASED WAS TOO TALL(MY FAULT FOR NOT MEASURING) BUT THE DOG EARS FIT INTO THE OLD UNIT JUST FINE, AFTER ALL THAT WAS REALLY ALL THAT WAS WRONG WITH THE OLS ONE

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  • Lid Switch Assembly

Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair:Less than 15 mins

ToolsScrew drivers

CustomerJavier from North Providence RI

Woudn't spin when on the spin cycle and or drain.

First thing I did was remove the 2 phillip head screws from the lid switch control inside under the lid, then I removed 2 phillip head screws on the control panel, one the bottom far right corner of the controls and one on the far left corner. After removing the screws I removed the 2 other Phillips head screws from the back that held the remaining of the switch control panel. These also hold 2 small white hinges of some sort. After removing the switch controls by wiggling it a bit (which its good to do very gently since there are still wires attach inside). After I moved the switch on top of the lid I detach/ unplugged a plug that was connected to the metal which gives the power that goes to the lid switch. After removing the lid plug the first half of the plug remains on the top the bottom half is the one you have to press down to remove it. After the bottom half is press down and out of that space there are too metal clips on the corner of the each side of the washing machine with the same screw driver I unclipped it by putting it under the metal clip and lift it out, same goes for the other side. Once these are removed the metal casing can be moved towards you so you can have access under the lid, make sure you tape the lid so it does wack you in the head or have some one hold it for you. Once you have access to it, you can remove the the remaing wire attached, if it seems stuck it means you have metal clips holding the plastic down you can unclip them pushing them out towards you. Once removed final step is to remove the screw that had the ground wire, also a phillips head screw, remove the old lid switch and replace with new one, make sure you first break the plastic apart as the old one was. Screw back the 2 screws that hold lid switch back one and then do the ground wire or which ever you find easier to do first. Then put everything back exactly how you took apart. I was able to do this in less that 15 min.

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