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Offline al10

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Urgent washer question
« on: May 16, 2009, 12:14:15 PM »
Hello,
  Are there pictures or videos available for how to temporarily repair a broken lid switch in order to drain a washer?  Cannot afford repair service or part.  The part that is pressed down on by the lid has now broken off.  How does one wire it so it will drain?  Thank you.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2009, 01:30:06 PM »
Flip up the control panel and yank out the lid switch disconnect. The male plug attached to the harness will have 3 wires. One of them is green and tied to the cabinet, Do not bother it. Jump the other 2 wires together or use a piece of romex to make the jumper and that will bypass the broken lidswitch. Do not leave it this way if you have retarded folk around that would try to yank the clothes out the washer while it is spinning full blast.
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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2009, 04:10:05 PM »
Thanks for your answer.  It is a washer/dryer combination.  The lid switch assembly is an older one, brown box (the button appears to be stuck), red and white actuator (the part the lid should strike is broken off).  I tried taping the button down to see if it would work but it hasn't yet.  I don't have any way to get romex, can I strip any other type of wire, telephone, etc., to make a jumper?  Do I use the wires that are going into the switch itself, or the ones in the front of the washer that are in plastic to put together?  There are two areas, one in the front and in the back of the washer where the wires are in plastic.  Still need to get it to drain somehow.  Thanks again.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2009, 04:25:08 PM »
Remove the screws in the lid area that hold the lid switch in place. Pull the wires out so that you can see them. Cut them and jump them together with a wire nut.
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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2009, 04:29:38 PM »
Hello,
  It is an older Whirlpool Twin Thin washer/dryer combo.  Thanks.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009, 04:45:47 AM »
Thanks for the help!  Removed the actuator and cherry switch, disconnected wires that are in plastic from cherry switch terminals.  There is nothing around but telephone wire to use as a jump wire, is that safe?  Have no way to get wire nut to use if wires are cut, is there another way to secure them?  Can't afford parts or repair service unfortunately, the help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2009, 06:20:46 AM »
There is nothing around but telephone wire to use as a jump wire, is that safe?

No it is not safe. The switch is a safety device and it's never safe to jump it out.


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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2009, 06:45:24 AM »
Yes, that is understood, the washer needs to be drained, there won't be any problem about opening the washer lid while it is spinning if that is a concern.  That is not going to happen, the off button will be used.  There is some extension cord wire around if that is workable.  This is an emergency.  So it is better then to cut the wires without a wire nut and connect them together?    Thanks.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2009, 06:53:42 AM »
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So it is better then to cut the wires without a wire nut and connect them together?
Nether one is safe.

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Re: Urgent washer question
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2009, 07:06:34 AM »
How dangerous is it?  Several people have said it is an ok temporary fix, the switch only stops the washer when the lid is raised.  Thanks.

 

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