Top Load Cloths washer lid switch problem
We have a Whirlpool Top Load washer that is about 10 years old, mid-priced model.
It has recently developed problems in starting/running after the first fill. This machine has the "safety" requirement that the lid is closed before the motor will run (wash/rinse/spin). The previous model had an actuator mounted on the side of the lid that extended through a flapper door on the top of the washer to activate the closed lid switch. The current model accomplishes the lid closed switch activation some other way...maybe via the hing from under the top cover. I have given the top a jerk to try to dislodge it from the base of the machine so I can examine under the top cover - this has not pulled the top loose. Do I need to pull harder, or is there a "secrete" lever or a few screws I need to first handle?
We can get the washer to start sometimes by slamming the lid down, other times we have to close the lid and rotate the timer around the 360 degrees and re-actuate the timer by pulling it out. This can start the machine without further slamming of the lid, causes me to question if the problem is some alignment issue on the mechanical switch, or some cycle control function that also reacts, sometimes, to the slamming of the lid.
I'll try to find the model number so I can access a parts breakdown (assume Sears has one) - this should be helpful in locating how/where the lid position sensor operates.