How to Replace the Lid Lock on a Maytag Vertical Modular Washer (VMW)

How to Replace the Lid Lock on a Maytag Vertical Modular Washer (VMW)


This washer repair guide gives step-by-step
instructions for replacing the lid switch/lock assembly on a top-load washer. The assembly
has a switch that detects whether the washer lid is shut or open—when the lid is open,
the washer won’t start. The assembly also has a lock that keeps the lid safely locked
during the cycle. If the lid switch or the lock doesn’t work properly and the lid lock
light flashes, it may need a lid switch or lid lock. Because other problems have the
same symptoms, we recommend having a service technician diagnose the cause. If the lid
switch/lock assembly is faulty, replace the assembly with a manufacturer-approved replacement
part. Before you begin, wear work gloves to protect your hands. Have someone help you
move the washer away from the wall. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. Turn
off the water supply valves for the washer. Tape the lid shut so that it does not flop
open and damage the control console or hit your arms as you work. Pull the washer forward
and access the back of the control console. Remove the top screws on the 2 hinge brackets
on the back of the washer. Remove the screw from the wire cover and pull it off of the
washer. Slide the top forward about 1/2″ and then raise the front of the top panel up about
1/4″. With the panel slightly raised, push the panel back about 1/4″ to release it from
the brackets. Lift the top panel and prop it against the wall behind the washer. Using
a 1/4″ nut driver, remove the 2 mounting screws that secure the lid switch/lock assembly to
the top panel. Release the lid switch/lock assembly from the top panel. The lid switch/lock
assembly is still attached to the wire harness. Let it hang from the wire harness for now.
Using a slot screwdriver, release the wire harness from the clips on the side of the
top panel. The wire harness is still connected to the electronic control board inside the
console. Don’t move the white plastic clip or pull the wire harness out yet. Carefully
lower the top panel and rest it on the top of the washer. Pull the washer forward to
access the back panel of the console. Remove the screws from the top of the back panel
of the console. Push back on the control panel while sliding a putty knife under the right
corner of the control panel to release the mounting clip. Repeat on the left side to
release the console. Set the console on the top of the washer. Locate the wire harness
connection for the lid switch/lock assembly on the back of the control board. Release
the locking tab and pull the lid switch/lock assembly wire harness plug out of the receptacle
on the electronic control board. Thread the lid switch/lock assembly wire harness through
the hole in the back of the top panel. Lift the top panel and prop it securely against
back wall behind the washer. Pull the lid switch/lock assembly out of the washer. Push
the end of the wire harness into the hole at the back of the top panel. Route the wire
harness into the side of the top panel and secure the wire harness in the clips on the
side of the top panel. Position the lid switch/lock assembly on the top panel and secure it with
the mounting screws. Carefully lower the top panel. Engage the brackets by pulling the
panel forward about 1/4″ until the panel drops and the brackets engage. Push the panel back
about 1/4″ to lock it flush with the frame. Release the clips and open the console to
access the electronic control board. Plug the wire harness into the correct connector
on the electronic control board. Make sure that the locking tab snaps in place. Position
the console on top of the top panel and snap the mounting clips into place to secure the
console on the top panel. Reinstall the screws at the top of the back panel on the console
and tighten the screws firmly. Insert the screws back into the top of the hinges on
the back of the control console. Tighten those screws firmly. Place the tabs on the right
side of the wire cover in the slots and then line up the holes on the left side and insert
the mounting screw. Tighten the mounting screw to secure the wire cover in place. Turn on
the water supply valves. Plug the washer into the electrical outlet. Return the washer to
its original location.

9 thoughts on “How to Replace the Lid Lock on a Maytag Vertical Modular Washer (VMW)

  1. mine is part number W1062535. it doesn't have mounting screws at all. It is just a solid piece of plastic. How do i replace this?

  2. Thanks for the help. I am on a low income and I have to learn to do things for my self the cheapest way possible with excellent results!

  3. Lmao don’t do what I did, and leave your keys in your jeans in the washer, and then instead of pausing it to take them out, prying open the lid in the locked position and grabbing your my keys 😂

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