Check the water level switch. Some VMW models have an integral pressure sensor on the electronic control board and some have an external pressure switch. This model washer shows it having the external switch. Do a continuity check on the wiring between control board and pressure switch. These VMW models have serious problems with loose connections and faulty wiring. Also, whenever you have problems like this, you should run the calibrate function in diagnostic mode and should also do that whenever the control board is replaced. Seems to me that these washers shouldn't do anything unless the lid is closed and it is locked but there may be a slightly different program algorithm on the Sears version.