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    • Part Number: AP3073574
    • MFG Part Number: 4313896
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What makes a lid switch bad, is there more to it than the contact points? Why does the basket spin only after the lid is lifted and put down?

Whirldly for Model Number cwtw5200vq1

ANSWER Hi Whirldly. The lid switch part # 8318084 will go bad if the internal mechanical (physical) parts separate. Any man made part will fail eventually. If there was a electrical power surge as the washer was running, then the surge first goes through the lid switch and damages it.... If the lid was opened and then continuously slammed closed (as it was when I had teenagers), it has a negative effect as well. If it is not installed into the lid opened slot fully then the lid will close and engage the switch too soon and break it internally. Any one of these reasons can break it. The unit will only spin when the timer knows the lid switch is closed for safety. This has been a U.L. code change approx. 10 yrs ago. If you have to reset the lid to get a spin- then this is the sign of a bad lid switch. Thank You. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Thursday, June 14, 2012

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