Lid Switch Bypassing

Whirlpool made direct drive washers


Lid switch bypassing is the way to check to see if the switch is good or bad in your Whirlpool direct drive washer.

If the problem with the newer washer is that is not doing anything in any of the cycles or the older washer is not draining or spinning, you need to learn how to bypass this safety device.

To bypass it you need to do the following. Disconnect the washer from the wall outlet.

Open the controls panel to get access to the parts. Disconnect the wires connecting block from the switch. Get a piece of copper wire to make a bridge between the wires.

Apply solder to the ends and flatten the ends until they fit the terminals in the connecting block of the wires.

On the newer style switch connect the jumper wire to the white and gray wires and use electrical tape to insulate the connection.

On the older style switch connect the jumper wire to the tan and gray wires and use electrical tape to insulate the connection.

Now you connect the washer to the wall outlet and try the washer to see if it work the way that it supposed to work. If it works OK with the jumper wire the door switch is bad and you need to replace it.

If the washer still not working with the jumper wire in place, then the problem is somewhere else and you need to reconnect the switch and keep testing other parts until you find the problem.

Attention: Lid switch bypassing should only be done for testing purposes and not as a repair. This switch is use as a safety device that prevents the motor from running is the door on the washer is opened.

With my free repair videos you could learn how to find out if the lid switch is the problem or not. I also show you how to remove them and how to install them in your Whirlpool made direct drive washer.

So, if you are ready to save money and get the washer fixed in no time, click on the video below and watch it a few times until you know how this repair is done.

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Below are the links to the parts needed for this repair.

Door Switch Newer Style        Door Switch Older Style






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