How to Replace a Whirlpool Washer’s Lid Switch 3949247

Fred's Appliance
December 14, 2017
Washer Repair

If your Whirlpool washing machine doesn’t go into the spin cycle, then its lid switch might be cracked or the internal switch no longer works. Replacing the part means dismantling the machine, but following these steps one by one will have your machine working in no time. Order part #3949247 and get started:

  1. Unplug or flip open the circuit breaker. Also turn off the water connection because you will be moving the machine during this repair.
  2. Remove the top control panel. Find the front or rear screws, which might be under an edge trim, and loosen the whole panel. Slide the panel forward then lift it to flip the whole cover over the back of the machine.
  3. Remove the body of the machine. Start this by disconnecting the lid switch and freeing the spring clips. Then open the lid, tilt the body forward by 45 degrees and then lift it free entirely.
  4. Remove the old washer lid switch. Remove the electrical connector by pressing the tabs down. This is on the body of the machine. The lift the lid and loosen the screws holding the washer lid switch in place.
  5. Replace the switch. You will need better access to the interior, so carefully lay the body down on its front. Then remove the grounding wire and the whole wire harness. The switch is composed of the switch, wire harness, and wire connector. Slip the wire harness into the two clips and drive the grounding wire into place. Then snap the new switch into place. In order to screw the switch firmly into place, flip the body back upright.
  6. Reinstall the body. First, lift the lid and tilt the machine forward forty-five degrees to slide the body back in place over the lip. Then resecure the body with the clips and reconnect the lid switch’s wires.
  7. Flip the control panel back into place and secure it.

Once you’re familiar with how the parts of a washing machine fit together, making repairs is simple. Go to Fred’s Appliance Service for more major appliance repair tips and procedures.

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