The Maytag washer repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for changing the lid lock and switch on a top-load Maytag washer. The washer’s lid switch detects whether it is closed or closed. When the lid is closed it will mean that the Maytag washer won’t start. The unit also comes with locks that keep the lid safely locked during the process. If the lid switch or the lock isn’t working properly, and the lid lock light flashes, your washer may require a replacement lid switch or lid lock.
We suggest you contact a technician from your local washer to determine the cause of any other problems. If the lid switch/lock assembly is faulty, replace the assembly with a manufacturer-approved washer part. This repair guide covers vertical modular washers. Vertical modular washers have an extremely high-speed spin cycle that removes water from the load. The lid is locked to shield your from spinning parts at a rapid speed. Replacing the lid lock of the top load Maytag washer
Shut off the electricity and water
Disconnect the power cord from the outlet on your wall. Switch off the water supply valves to the Maytag washer. Protect your hands with work gloves. You can ask someone to assist you remove the washer away from the wall.
Lift the top panel
Cover the lid with tape to ensure it won’t open and harm the console, or strike your arms while you work. Take the Maytag washer forward in order to get to the back of the control console. Unscrew the top screws on the 2 hinge brackets on the back of the Maytag washer. Take off the wire cover and remove the screw. Slide the top panel approximately half an inch further forward and lift the front panel by about one quarter inch. Keep the panel slightly elevated and push it back about quarter inch to unhook the brackets. Take the top panel off and then place it against the wall, behind the Maytag washer.
Remove the lid switch/lock from the top panel
Utilizing a 1/4-inch nut driver, take out the 2 mounting screws which secure the lid switch and lock to the top panel. Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel. The lid switch/lock assembly is still connected to the wire harness. It is best to let it hang from wire harness. Make use of a slot screwdriver to release the wire harness from clips on the bottom panel. The white plastic wire harness clip is located in the back panel. The wire harness is still connected to the control board that is inside the console. The black plastic clip needs to be removed from the top panel. Do not pull or remove the wire harness yet.
Open the control console
Carefully lower its top panel, and place it on top of the Maytag washer. To access the console’s back panel, push the washer towards the front. Two screws on the top of your console’s back panel are taken out. Reverse the control panel, while sliding a knife through the right side of the control panel to loosen the clip for mounting. To remove the console, repeat the process to the left. Lay the console on the upper part of the Maytag washer.
The lid switch/lock is off
Locate the connector for wire harness for the lid switch and lock. It is located on the rear of the control board. Lock the tab that is locked, and then take the wire harness plug for the lid switch/locking assembly out of the electronic control board’s receptacle. The lid switch/lock assembly wire harness should be threaded through the hole at the bottom of your top panel. Open the washer lid by release of the tape. The lock/lock switch on the washer’s lid is out. Tape the lid shut again.
Install the new lid switch/lock assembly
Re-clip the console to the clips for mounting. Then, move the Maytag washer towards the back wall. The top panel can be lifted and positioned against the Maytag washer’s back wall. Push the end of the wire harness into the hole located at the bottom of the panel. Push the white plastic wire harness clip into the hole and secure it. The wire harness needs to be routed to the side panel on the upper panel. Connect the wire harness using the clips on the edges of the top panels. Set the lid switch/lock on top of the panel and secure it with the mounting screws. Lower the top panel. Pull the panel back about a quarter inch to engage the brackets. The panel should be pulled back by about one quarter of an inch until it locks at a level with the frame. To access the control board’s electronic circuit remove the clips and raise the console. Connect the wire harness to the appropriate connector of the controller board. Be sure to ensure that the locking tab snaps into place.
Reinstall the console
Place the console over the top panel, and then insert the mounting clips to secure it on the top panel. Install the screws again at the top of the back panel onto the console. Then tighten the screws securely.
Install the screws on the back panel and then reinstall them on top of your control console’s hinges. Secure the screws. Place the tabs on the left side of the wire cover in the slots. Line with the holes on the left and put the mounting screw in. Close the mounting screw to fix the cover to its place.
Restore power and water: Turn on the valves for water supply. Connect the Maytag washer to the outlet. Reinstall the Maytag washer to its original location. You should now be able to swap out the lid switch/lock of the top-loading Maytag washer. It is possible that the lid lock or switch isn’t functioning properly, or the light on the lid lock flashes, which may indicate that it is time to replace it.