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The washer does not drain the water or spin. Does the drain work when the spin cycle starts?

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  • holtac Aug 26, 2009

    I had tried that already. Seems OK to me, I could bypass it If it would help.

  • holtac Aug 26, 2009

    Yes, the machine agitates in the wash cycle. It stops when it doesn't drain or spin.

  • holtac Aug 26, 2009

    I have checked the timer for proper operation and looks fine and stop when the drain cycle starts. I can drop the drainhose to let the water drain from the tub but will not start the spin cycle. The same results occur in the rinse cycle when it should drain. I had removed the pump and it also looks and operates OK.

  • Joe Onley Sr.
    Joe Onley Sr. May 11, 2010

    does the machine agitate in wash cycle?

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Pull end caps from both ends of back splash remove 2 screws flip control panel back...remove 2 clips(use screw driver to pry up)...disconnect wire plug lift lid put hands in opening pull the case to you and up to remove entire case...remove 2 screws that hold lid switch install new switch...(don't forget to plug the wire plug back in...ho ho

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Yes, the drain pump should run when the sping cycle starts. However, if something prevents the spin cycle from starting, the drain pump will not run and the washer stops.

If the washer fills and doesn't do anything, or stops right after the wash cycle and then does not advance to the rinse cycle and drain is commonly caused by a lid switch malfunction. The lid switch is usually mounted under the washer top casing, on the right hand side on most top load models. It is activated by a plastic piece on the lid (called a "Lid Strike") through a small hole on the rim of the wash tub opening. In many cases the lid strike breaks off the lid, or the lid switch becomes loose and no longer makes contact. Inspect the lid to make sure the lid strike is still intact, and then inspect the mounting screws (adjacent to the small opening on the wash tub rim) and make sure they are snug.

If the switch is not activated by a lid strike, it will activated by a hinge actuator located next to either the left or right lid hinge. You will need to remove the operator console in order to access this type of switch.

If you determine the switch to be defective, the following link explains how to replace one:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r385198-replacing_lid_switch

If the switch requires replacement, a new one can be purchased on line at searspartsdirect.com, pcappliancerepair.com, repairclinic.com, appliancepartspros.com. Just use your model number as your search criteria. All these sites offer competitive pricing, so shop all them for the best price.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Aug 27, 2009

    It is not adviseable to by-pass the lid switch. This is a built in safety feature that protects the consumer from personal injury from spinning components when the lid is opened. With the lid switch bypassed, the tub will continue to spin when the lid is opened. If you DO by-pass it, do so only as a temporary means to operate the washer unitl the new part arrives and turn the timer off before opening the lid.

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The lid switch is bad . The hole in the top where the lid actuator goes into . Try putting a small object ( pen , pencil , butter knife ) into the hole to see if the water will drain .

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith Aug 26, 2009

    The problem is the lid switch . Bypass it by lifting the console and disconnect the white plug with 3 wires . Cut the 2 that are NOT green and strip and hook them togather . Then see if it drains and spins . Be sure to use a wire nut and tape after connecting ;)

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