How To Fix a Washing Machine Lid Switch

By Justin Obrien

Things Needed

  • Flathead and Phillips screwdriver
  • Wrench set
  • Replacement switch

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a washing machine. One of the most common things in a long list is the lid switch. When a lid switch malfunctions, your washing machine won't fill with water or agitate. Most washing machine lid switches are made of plastic, so they tend to wear down from repeated contact with the pushing piece on the lid.

Unplug your washing machine. Make sure there is no power going to the washing machine.

Remove the screws from the cabinet top. Use the screwdrivers and the wrenches because you will have regular screws and bolt-head screws.

Lift off the cabinet top. You may have to lift the front part slightly and pull outward, or pull outward first and then lift the cabinet top off.

Locate the plastic switch and remove it. Pay attention to how the old switch is connected to the probes.

Install the new switch, attaching the probes in the same manner as the old switch. Some washing machines have clip-type probes, while others will have a U-shaped connector that is meant to be held with screws to the probe areas.

Replace your cabinet lid in the opposite steps you took it off. If you had to slide, then lift, set the cabinet lid down and then slide it backward. If you had to lift, then slide, set the back edge down, while keeping the cabinet tilted slightly, slide it back and then set it the rest of the way down.

Replace all of the screws and bolt-head screws in the proper locations, again using the screwdriver and wrenches.

Plug your washing machine back into the socket. Test the switch by turning on a cycle of the machine. Make sure that it is filling up, agitating, and spinning properly.


If you are still having trouble with the washing machine not functioning properly, contact a qualified appliance technician.

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