How to Fix a Broken Washer Lid Switch


So, you are just washing the laundry and suddenly, the lid switch just stops working.

You will want to address this problem of the broken washer lid switch because of issues with safety. Fortunately, you have the option of fixing this problem on your own instead of hiring a washer repair guy. In most cases, replacing the old lid switch is all it takes in order to fix the problem. It certainly beats the other option of replacing the entire machine with a brand-new one.

For today’s guide, we will teach you how to repair a broken washer lid switch on a top-loading washer.

Why Fix a Broken Washer Lid Switch?

Again, we’d like to reiterate that it’s a safety issue so it needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

The lid switch assembly detects whether or not the washing machine lid is open. If the lid is open, the washer can’t be operated or started. The switch also features a lock that keeps the lid safely locked while washing. If the lid switch or lock doesn’t function properly, you should see the lights in the lid lock flash.

This is a sign that the lid switch needs to be replaced.

How to Fix a Broken Washer Lid Switch

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Steps on How to Fix a Broken Lid Switch


  • Putty knife
  • 1/4-inch nut driver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • New lid switch

1. Wear the gloves for safety and pull away the washer away from the walls so you have enough space to work on.

2. Unplug the unit from the wall outlet. Also turn off the washer’s water supply.

3. Tape the washer’s lid so it’s secured while you work.

4. At the back of the control console located at the back of the unit, remove the two screws of the hinge brackets. Then, remove the wire covers by pulling it off.

5. Now, you can lift the washer’s top panel. You will need to slide the panel forward and raise it a bit slightly to remove it successfully.

6. Use your 1/4-inch nut driver to remove the two mounting screws that secure the lid switch to the top panel. Remove the lid switch from the top panel. The lid switch should still be attached via a wire harness, so just let it hang for now.

7. Use the screwdriver to release the harness from the clips located from the top panel’s side. Pull out the white wire harness clip (should be colored white) located at the back of the front panel. Don’t remove the white plastic clip, just release it.

8. Lower the top panel and set it on top of the machine. Now, it’s time to access the back panel of the console. Remove the two screws from the top of the back panel. With your putty knife, release the mounting clip. Repeat on the other side to release the console.

9. Find the connection for the lid switch located at the back of the control board (it should have yellow, blue, white, and red wires). Release the tab and disconnect the wires out of the main board.

10. Through the hole in the back of top panel (where the white plastic clip was released), thread the lid switch wire harness. Remove the tape earlier and open the lid. Remove the lid switch out of the unit. Re-tape the lid again.

11. Return the console back using the mounting clips. Return the washer against the wall and properly secure it.

12. Now, push end of the harness towards the hole at the back of the top panel. Grab the white plastic wire harness clip and push it into hole and snap it in place. Thread the harness into the side of the topmost panel and also secure the clips from the side.

13. Install the new lid switch and make sure that secure it properly using the mounting screws.

14. Now, all you need to do is to replace the top panel and connect the wire harness to the main control board. Also, reinstall the console on top of the topmost panel. Reinstall all the screws.

15. Turn on the hot and cold water supplies and plug the machine into a wall outlet. Test if the lid switch works properly.

Steps on How to Fix a Broken Lid Switch

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Final Words

Whew, those were a lot of steps. However, this is a pretty easy fix and should take you less than an hour to do everything. This is a guide that’s made for beginners so you can replace your broken washer lid switch with little to no difficulty.

This guide is made with the Kenmore 110-series in mind but it should apply to the Maytag Centennial and Whirlpool Cabrio top-loading washers as well.

We all hope that you have found this guide very useful.

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