This KitchenAid washer repair guide offers step-by step instructions for fixing the lid switch and lock assembly on a top-load KitchenAid washer. The lid switch on the washer detects if it is open or shut. If the lid is not closed then the KitchenAid washer won’t start. The lid is secured throughout the cycle with a lock. If the lid switch or lock, doesn’t function correctly and the light on the lid lock flashes then the washer may require a replacement for the lid switch, or lock.
We suggest that you consult a technician from your local washer identify any other issues. If the lid switch/lock assembly is faulty, replace the assembly with a manufacturer-approved washer part. This guide is for vertical modular washers. Vertical modular washers employ the super-fast spin cycle which removes water from the load. The lid is locked to shield your from spinning parts at a rapid speed. Replace the lid lock of a top-load KitchenAid washer
Shut off water and electricity
Unplug power cord from the wall outlet. Switch off the valves for water supply to the KitchenAid washer. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Let someone assist you in moving your washer from the wall.
Lift the top panel up:
ape the lid shut so it doesn’t flop open and cause damage to the control console or hit your arms as you work. To gain access to the console’s back take the KitchenAid washer towards your. Unscrew the top screws on the hinge brackets, which are located on the side of the KitchenAid washer. Take off the wire cover and take out the screw. Move the top panel forward by half an inch . Then, raise the top of the panel by about 1/4 inch. With the panel still slightly elevated, pull the panel back by quarter of an inch to let it fall off the brackets. The top panel is able to be lifted and positioned against the wall , behind the KitchenAid washer.
Take the lid switch and lock off the top panel
By using a 1/4″ driver, pull out the 2 screws which hold the lid lock to the top panel. The lid switch/lock assembly may be removed from the top panel. The lid switch and lock assembly is still connected to the wire harness. In the meantime, let it hang off the wire harness. Make use of a slot screwdriver to disconnect the wire harness from the clips on the upper panel. Pry out the wire harness in white plastic located on the back of the panel’s front. The wire harness remains attached to the electronic control board within the console. The white plastic clip must be removed from the top panel. You shouldn’t remove or pull the wire harness just yet.
Open the console for control
Lower the top panel , then place it on the side of the KitchenAid washer. To gain access to the console’s back panel, simply pull the washer forward. Remove the 2 screws from the upper part of the back panel. To release the mounting clip move the control panel backwards and slide a putty knife underneath the right corner. To remove the console continue the procedure to the left. Lay the console on the top of the KitchenAid washer.
Take off the lid switch/lock assembly
Locate the wire harness connector for the lid switch/lock assembly located on the back of the control panel. Lock the tab that is locked, and then pull the wire harness connector for the lid switch and locking assembly from the control board receptacle. The lid switch/lock assembly wire harness must be threaded into the hole located at the back of your top panel. The lid of the washer can be opened by lifting the tape. The lid switch and lock assembly is pulled out of the washer. Close the lid again.
Install the new lid switch/lock assembly
The console should be re-snapped to the clips for mounting. Moving the KitchenAid washer towards the back wall. The top panel is able to be lifted and placed on the KitchenAid washer’s back wall. The wire harness’s tip should be placed into the hole inside the top of the panel. The white plastic wire harness clip is to be pushed into the hole. Connect the wire harness to the side of the top panel. connect the wire harness with the clips located on the sides of the panel on top. Install the lid switch/lock assembly on top of the panel and secure it with the mounting screws. Lower the top panel. Push the panel back approximately quarter inch in order to connect the brackets. To lock the panel flush with the frame, push the panel back about quarter inch. To gain access to the electronic control board, take the clips off and lift the console. Plug the wire harness into the appropriate connector on the electronic control board. Make sure that the lock tab snaps into position.
Install the console again
Set the console on top of the panel on top, then snap in the mounting clips to secure it on the top panel. Reinstall the screws at the top of the back panel on the console. Tighten the screws with a firm grip.
Install the screws for the back panel
Insert the screws back into the hinges at the back of the control console. The screws must be tightened. The tabs must be placed on the right side. Next to align the slots on the left side. Insert the mounting screw. Secure the mounting screw to hold the cover in place.
Make sure to turn on the valves for water supply to restore power and water
Plug the KitchenAid washer into the electrical outlet. Restore the KitchenAid washer to its original location. Hopefully now you know how to replace the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-loading KitchenAid washer. It is possible that the lid switch/lock is not functioning correctly, or the light on the lid lock flashes, which could signal the need to replace it.