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Take the lid switch out of the circuit?
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Post# 999545   7/6/2018 at 17:24 by WTFBBQ (USA)        

My washer's lid switch broke at the part the lid inserts into. It exploded when my wife packed the washer too full and a backpack apparently caught on the the lid switch assembly and messed it up. If I make contact manually on what's left of the lid switch box then it works.

So this is my question. Can't I just take it out of the circuit and make it so the washer works with lid opened or closed?

This would be my plan: Unplug the machine, take out the switch assembly, cut the wires off, splice them together, and wrap in plenty of electrical tape to make it water tight.

Would it be better to solder the wires together? I have a decent iron.

OTOH... The part I was looking online for replacement includes all the wires that connect to the main control panel. I would have to take the washer half apart to fix it and spend $30. And if I just tried to use the new lid switch assembly box itself then I would still be doing my own amateur electrical rewiring.

But this washer is a beater I bought at a garage sale and it only needs to last another year or so before I can buy a brand new washing machine.

I just wanted to ask the experts if there's anything seriously wrong with my plan to rewire the washer to bypass the lid switch. Thank you

Post# 999548 , Reply# 1   7/6/2018 at 17:34 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Stick a clothes pin or something sized into the activation switch and close the lid down to hold it down. If you said what kind or model washer it is, people here could help you more.

Post# 999551 , Reply# 2   7/6/2018 at 17:54 by WTFBBQ (USA)        
The model

Stick a clothes pin or something sized into the activation switch and close the lid down to hold it down. If you said what kind or model washer it is, people here could help you more.

Sears.Roebuck and CO USA Kenmore model 110.26722693
It's 10 amps 60Hz 120 volts

The part this in this video is the part I'm talking about

The whole thing exploded into several pieces. The housing is totally blown apart and the contact switch inside is mangled. If I bend the mangled switch to make contact then the washer works. It just seems dangerous and unnecessary to me to have an open circuit there where water can get onto it.

Post# 999558 , Reply# 3   7/6/2018 at 19:23 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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yeah, you can just twist the wires together and tape them....and secure out of the way.....

just remember, although I can't believe stuff like this has to be said, but your machine will operate all functions while the lid is open...just be cautious should someone decide to stick their hand in there while it is has happened...

doing so at your own risk.....

as there are people who try to lick a self sticking stamp!

there are times you can't fix stupid!

Post# 999567 , Reply# 4   7/6/2018 at 21:23 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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I twisted and taped the wires of a defective lid switch in my old top loader just as Yogi suggests.  No need to solder them.


No kids in my house so safety was not a concern.


It was actually an improvement being able to open the lid at any time without disturbing the cycle!

Post# 999571 , Reply# 5   7/6/2018 at 21:47 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

That lid switch is about 10 dollars online. Itís a 20 minute repair even for a novice.

But yes, just make sure you tie them together near the switch. Use a wire nut and electrical tape

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