I promise never to place it in the stream of commerce. That would be
Since I am the only one in the house, no one will be affected by my
decision to forego a safety switch. And, since I treat my washer like a
garbage disposal, I am surprised it has lasted this long (5 years). I
intend to run it into the ground.
I made this decision based on the fact that every lid switch I have
ever had has needed repairs and it runs about $100 for some butt crack
to come to the house for 5 minutes.
I am figuring these companies stay up nights thinking of ways to get
our hard earned money. So, we must engage the gray matter to defend
Another trick is hiding the screws that hold the console and cabinet
together, but I got clear directions on my particular model.
This is my first try and I figure at worst, some butt crack will have
to bail out my repair so I am no worse off.
Some attorney sued and the manufacturer learned it could make a few
hundred million dollars repairing them. It helped defray the costs of
that worthless lawyers that are ruining society and for which we all
The funny (in an ironic sort of way) part is that the manufacturers
make these parts readily available to the incompetent DIYer who then,
in the absence of a Professional, replaces the switch without
unplugging the washer (the old switch was faulty, so he had no
indication that the damn thing was turned on)
1. Unplug Machine.
2. Remove cabinet and console.
3. Check with ohm meter
4. If it's the not switch, check about ten other possibilities
including the coupler.
Very common is lid switch and coupler in my direct drive two speed.
This is my first time but I have managed to DIY every thing. It takes
some thought, reading, and my handyman who I "supervise".
No idea on numbers, but I do know of one -- back in the '60s a
basketball at Oklahoma State University was washing in the dorm and his
load became unbalanced during the spin cycle (probably shoes, or some
such, I don't recall). He attempted to fix it before the machine
stopped and got caught. It took his arm off at the shoulder. He was
lucky to get it reattached and actually had reasonable mobility
although never was able to play again. I was at another Big 8 school
at the time and recall the story, but no longer can remember his name.
Upshot is, be careful if you do disable it.
I, like some others have mentioned, in having had top loading washers
for 40+ years now, have never had one of these fail.
Just got done replacing the door switch on my ol' Kenmore / Whirlpool washer.
First failure in 10 years. Easy enough to replace -- hardest part was getting
the cabinet back onto the frame after I did the repair. Had to pull out a
couple of the better swear words to get that sucker back into place.
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