How to Test the Lid Switch in Your Washer

September 24, 2020
Washer Repair

It such a small switch, but it has such a huge effect. The lid switch on your washer is essentially a safety mechanism. It is what allows the washer to start when the lid is closed, and what is responsible for stopping the appliance when the lid is abruptly opened. This switch is what keeps water from sloshing all over or any limbs being hurt by shutting off the washer when the lid is opened. However, it is a part that can malfunction, and when it does, it can very well result in your washer not starting at all.

If the lid switch on your washer is on the list of parts to test, then you need to figure out how to test it. For as important of a part as this is, how to reach is not immediately apparent.

These are generalized steps and can vary based on the brand and model of your washer.

Like many repairs, your first step is to unplug the washer. The lid switch is located near the top of the washer in the front so you won’t need to move the washer out to access it.

Inserting a putty knife under the top lip of the front cabinet of the washer, you will need to release the clip springs on each side. This will allow you to lift up the top of the washer. The lid switch will be located on the top of that lifted hood.

You will need to remove the two-wire harnesses off the lid switch, While you can unmount the lid switch, at this point you only need to test it with a multimeter. Set your multimeter to the lowest ohms of resistance and test your lid switch. If it does not read any continuity, then your lid switch is indeed faulty. You will need to unmount it and replace it. However, with the lid open and the wires already removed, most of this replacement is already done for you.


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