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AstridinGeorgia
Washing machine works fine but have to slam the lid to turn it on.
AstridinGeorgia

Newbie here so I hope I'm posting in the right forum. I'm having some trouble with my washing machine. I have to slam the lid very hard several times to get it to turn on. Once it starts, it works just fine, but I have to put something heavy on top of the lid to keep it from turning off. Bad lid switch? I know it will get damaged if I keep slamming it, but I don't want to call a repairman if it is something simple. Anyone else has had this problem? Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Btw, my washing machine is a Maytag.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

It does sound like a lid switch. Has the tab on the lid that inserts into the switch been compromised at all? Is the switch loose or it's wiring loose, creating a poor activation or contact? Your two choices are to get dirty and start investigating the problem or call a repair tech. Pull out your owners manual or get one from the manufacturer's website to help with troubleshooting. You can also call their customer service number and talk to a tech about it.

AstridinGeorgia
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AstridinGeorgia

Thanks for the reply. I don't see anything loose or worn out. I think the fact that I have to put something heavy on top of it to keep it on tells me that it's not making contact. I think I'll give Maytag a call before calling a tech. The manual is long gone. LOL Thanks for the advice. It's appreciated.

keith3267
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keith3267

Here is the switch on your machine. The lid is partly open in this picture so you can see the plunger is out.

This picture is fuzzy but the lid is down pushing the plunger all the way in. You should be able to hear it click when you open and close the lid.

The two dark spots are the screws that hold it in place. If you remove the back of the washer, you can see the connector for the switch. It shouldn't be too hard to replace. You can order a replacement from applianceparts.com or similar site.

Fencepost
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Fencepost

Keith's advice is good. But I'd first remove the lid and make sure the screws holding the switch are tight. If the screws are loose, the switch won't stick out as far as it should, so the lid won't push it in far enough.

You might also be able to loosen the screws holding the hinge pins (they are on each side of the lid) and move the lid down/in so it pushes the button in further.

keith3267
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keith3267

Some of the lids on Maytag's (before being bought by Whirlpool) were held in with two plastic balls, one on each side. Each ball is held between an indentation on the lid and one in the top of the washer. You just pull the lid up but be careful not to loose the balls. The lid just snaps back in place once you align the balls and the lid to the top, easier said than done.

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