The Hotpoint washer repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-load Hotpoint washer. The washer’s lid switch determines whether it’s opened or closed. If the lid is opened it will mean that the Hotpoint washer won’t start. The assembly also has an lock that keeps the lid securely locked throughout the cycle. If the lid switch or the lock does not function correctly and the lid lock light flashes, your washer may need a replacement lid switch or lid lock. Since other problems can exhibit the same signs, we suggest having a local expert in washer repair determine the root of the issue. If the lid switch/lock assembly is faulty, replace the assembly with a manufacturer-approved washer part. This guide is designed for vertical modular washers. Vertical modular washers employ the super-fast spin cycle which draws water out of the load; the lid is secured to protect you from the fast-spinning parts.
Removing the lid lock from a top-load Hotpoint washer
Shut off water and electricity: Unplug power cord from wall outlet. The water supply valves must be shut off for the Hotpoint washer. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Have someone help you move the washer away from the wall.
Lift the top panel: Tape the lid shut so it does not open and harm the console’s controls or your arms while you work. To reach the console’s back take the Hotpoint washer toward you. The top screws holding the Hotpoint washer’s back to the console are removed. Remove the wire cover and take out the screw. The top panel should be moved about 1/2 inch forward, then lift the front panel by about 14 inch. Keep the panel slightly elevated and then push it back a quarter inch to take off the brackets. The top panel is able to be lifted and placed against the wall , behind the Hotpoint washer.
Remove the lid switch/lock from the top panel: Using a 1/4 inch driver for nut, remove the two mounting screws which hold the lid lock to the top panel. The lid switch and lock assembly can be taken off from the top panel. The lid switch/lock assembly is still attached to the wire harness. In the meantime, let it hang off the wire harness. Use a slot screwdriver to unwind the wire harness from clips on the upper panel. Take out the wire harness clip made of white plastic at the back of the front panel. The wire harness is connected to the electronic control board within the console. Release the white plastic clip on the top panel, but don’t remove the clip made of white plastic or pull the wire harness out yet.
Open the console for control: Lower the top of the console and place it on side of the Hotpoint washer. To open the console’s rear panel, pull the washer towards the front. Remove the 2 screws from the upper part of the back panel. Press the control panel, while sliding a knife through the right side of the control panel to loosen the clip for mounting. To release the console follow the same procedure to the left. Set the console on top of the Hotpoint washer.
The lid switch/lock is turned off: Locate the connector for wire harness to the lid switch and lock. It is on the reverse of the control board. Release the locking tab, and then pull the wire harness connector for the lid switch and locking assembly out of the electronic control board’s receptacle. The wiring for the lid switch/lock assembly harness must be threaded into the hole located at the bottom of your top panel. Let the tape go off the lid and open the lid of the washer. Pull the lid switch/lock assembly from the washer. Cover the lid with tape again.
Install the new lid switch and lock assembly: Re-clip the console into the mounting clips. Then, move the Hotpoint washer towards the wall behind. The top panel should be lifted and prop it securely against the back wall in front of the Hotpoint washer. Then, push the end of the wire harness through the hole at the bottom of the panel. Insert the white plastic wire harness clip into the hole and secure it. The wire harness will be routed to the upper panel’s side and fix the wire harness to the clips that are on the sides of the top panel. Install the lid switch/lock assembly on top of the panel, and secure it using the mounting screws. Carefully lower the top panel. Reverse the panel about one quarter inch to lock the brackets. For the panel to be locked to the frame, press the panel back a quarter inch. To access the electronic control board take the clips off and lift the console. Connect the wire harness to the appropriate connector on the controller board. Check that the locking tab snaps into place.
Install the console once more: Place the console over the panel on top, then insert the mounting clips to secure it onto the top panel. Install the screws again at the top of the back panel on the console and tighten the screws firmly.
Install the screws for the back panel: The screws should be inserted back into the top of the hinges at the side of the console. The screws need to be tightened. The tabs should be placed on the right side. Next place the slots to the left side. Install the mounting screw. Secure the wire cover by tightening the screw that is used to mount it.
Make sure to turn on the water supply valves to restore water and power: Connect the Hotpoint washer to the outlet. Reinstall the Hotpoint washer to its original location.
We hope that now you are aware of how to replace the lid switch and lock assembly of a top-loading Hotpoint washer. It’s likely that the lid switch/lock isn’t working properly or the light for the lid lock flashes, which may indicate the need for replacement.