Kung Fu Maintenance shows you how to repair a clothes washer that stopped mid cycle by replacing the broken lid switch.
Well, I have a clothes washer not draining. When you put this down, you should hear a click. If you watch if I push on this side, there it is. It sounds like we have some coins in the bin also. I’m going to let this drain out and I’ll show you how to change out the lid switch.
Okay, I don’t need to really wait. I can go ahead and start. There are two screws that hold the back access panel on. This on a compact stackable washer and dryer. They are nice for tight spots and hallways, because you can take the front panels off to gain access to the motor and the pump and the couplings. These are nice and easy to work on for these applications.
It looks like you’re already missing one screw there. Here, make sure we have a nice tight connection on the dryer. Yes, we do. It’s good. I’ll look at the vertical exhaust seal here. It’s good. Ooh that water is stinky well anyway. To gain access to the lid switch. I need my six in one and I’ll take the quarter inch nut driver here and I’ll pull out my flat head quarter inch nut driver. Right back here on this side and on the other side, there’s two nuts. It’s not that easy to see but if you know what you’re looking for, you can just kind of feel for it. I don’t know if there is enough light here for you to see down there. Probably not.
Anyway I can put a picture in there from another video, so you can see it. One’s right here. I can’t see it either so I’m just doing it blind here. I’ll pull out the quarter inch nut here. This ones a little tighter. The vent right in there. The stench is pretty bad. That water must have been there for a while. I’ll pull that out.
Now we’re able to lift the lid forward just a little bit and slide it off of its feet. Right in front here is the disconnect. You have to turn the machine off by pushing the knob in and then totally disconnect it. You can hear the coins in the bin. I want to make sure we get those out because they can run down into the pump. Now when you pull this lid off, you’re going to want to be careful because at the back, there are these two tabs that our quarter inch nuts pass through and these things fall out pretty easily and they’re a little bit tricky to put back in. You can see how they are here.
Now I’ve seen some people put a piece of tape across the back here, so that they won’t fall out. I don’t really need to do that but here goes replacing the bits. On the inner portion of the door, we have two Phillips screws that hold the lid switch in. I have to tell you, they really need to come up with a better design for these lid switches, because where these here is my new lid switch… I’m going to show it’s just made out of plastic. The way these are set-up, they just break really easy.
Okay, this is where your two screws go in. You can see right here it’s not the strongest piece of equipment in the world. Lots of people are dropping the lid right onto the switch and all that, so it definitely takes a lot of abuse.
Now you wanna make sure when you tighten these screws down, you look for the new one, but you don’t tighten them too tight. It’s really easy to split the switch apart and then you’re going to have to start all over. I actually brought two switches with me just in case because, like I said, these are not really built the best. Someone please design a better switch. I would appreciate it.
Now we’re able to remove the resistance switch. What we’ve got to do is remove the ground wire here and unscrew. Okay, this is right. Now the rest of it is just [inaudible 00:05:11] clips. We can remove the safety ground wire off this screw here and then slip out of these clips and then roll [inaudible 00:05:24] out of these clips. We’re going to mimic our new one. As you can see, it comes with this long gray hose and this gray portion often gets in the way, so what we’re going to do is trim this about here. We’re going to pull our wires through first and then you can bend this to break it. You can bend it back and forth a bunch of times and it will just break off if it gets work hardened or you can just trim it off with a [inaudible 00:06:10] in here. Just trim it off once on each side and then break it apart. We’re good to go. For our switch here, we run the ground back like so and then just tuck these up and under.
These clips that hold it in, you don’t want to use your screwdriver to lower these down. I have to tell you all the edges inside these washers are pretty sharp. These ones aren’t so bad, but there are some worse ones inside, so you do want to be careful. You don’t need any unnecessary scars, you know what I mean? There we go.
Okay, now we got this anchored and we want to make sure this is out of the way of where this portion goes so that it’s not poking it. It connects to the ground screw here. I’ll go ahead and put this up so I can glue that underneath the clamp there. I’ll slip that onto our wire and it’s got a lock nut here and this is just a quarter inch nut here, taking this portion out and then we’re going to tuck this under this clip. I’ll just pull this through so it’s not going to get in the way.
We’re going to fold our wiring and set our deal here so that this kind of holds our wiring back but also lines up with the screw holes here. There we go, okay. Now we can put our screws in and we want to make sure that when you pull this, you can click it and also unclick it. You’re going to want to kind of set it so that it can click and unclick. This one seems to be only clicking there. We want to make sure that it can click and unclick. That’s kind of the tricky part with these things.
Now we have our two Phillips screws and I’ll go ahead and insert them on this side. Anyway we get it lined up with the Phillips screws started by hand and again you don’t want to tighten these too tight. You just want them to be snug to hold their ground and not split the thing apart. Again I’m still hoping someone’s going to design a better switch. Like I said, these are kind of problematic in the way that they are. Now what you want to do is check see that it clicks when you close it but that it unclicks when you open it. There we go. That’s exactly what we want it to do. It seems tight enough in there that we’re good. It clicks and unclicks, so now we’re ready to put the machine back together.
We’re going to fold these feet down on the back portion and go ahead and put our lid back on. [Inaudible 00:11:26] itself. Okay, I’m sort of lining the back things up and then reconnect your disconnect. We put the disconnect back in and then we slide it onto these two feet, one here and one here. Now we’re ready to put our quarter inch nuts back in place. Now this is going to take a little bit of feeling around to find them here. It’s much easier by hand. So just insert it down into the hole and feel for it. All right, got it there and same on the other side. Okay and I got it started there so I got pretty lucky there. We can go ahead and tighten both of these up with our quarter inch bit on the screwdriver.
I’ll just tighten down both sides. Now we’re ready to test the machine. We’re going to go ahead and start it and open our lid to make sure that it stops and it does. Then we close our lid to make sure it starts back up and open our lid to make sure it stops. Now we want to get the coins out of there because they are going to cause us trouble if we don’t. Okay, I got one, a quarter. There’s a penny. All right, there’s my two cents. Well, and a dime. Okay, so that’s all the coins. Now it’s important to get these out because they could go down and clog the impeller and we certainly don’t want that. We’re all set there. One new lid switch, good to go.
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