How to Repair an Older Model Washer Door Sensor Switch

After three tries, the washing machine just left the clothes soaking and would not drain or enter the spin cycle. The older model washer provided no LCD screen to look up washer error codes and fault codes so I had to resolve my issues by trial and error. This tutorial works with GE, Maytag, Whirlpool and almost any older model washer.

The drain hoses were tightened correctly, nothing blocked their path and the washer operated normally until it reached the spin cycle. Under the top of the washer I discovered the problem. After years of wear, the door sensor switch had malfunctioned and now wouldn’t respond. I needed to replace the sensor switch to continue my laundry.

Parts Needed

Using a parts website like Appliance Parts Pro helped me locate the correct part with just the company and model number. I ordered the part and within a week it arrived. Repairing the switch is a 20 to 30 minute job that requires a screw driver and another person for additional assistance.

Unplug the washer before you begin any repairs.

The Repair

Locate the connection screws from the main control board to the washer casing. On most older washers there are two screws in the top corners. Flip up the plastic protector and remove the screws. Set them aside.

Lift up the opening of the control board. There are two large copper clips that connect the control board to the casing. Use a flat-head screwdriver to press down on them until they release. Set them aside.

Disconnect the circuit plug that runs from the sensor to the washer casing. Pinch in the two sides and pull up on it to release it.

Pull up on the front casing of the washer. Pull it straight back until you lay it flat on the ground. Remove the two screws that hold the switch into the sensor opening on the casing. Set the screws to the side. Feed out the cord from the metal clips that hold them in place. Set the old sensor aside.

Position the new washer door sensor in the same position as the old one. Use new screws if you received any with the part. If not, simply reuse the other screws. Make sure it is centered and matches the opening.

Feed the cord through the metal clippings on the inside of the washer case and make sure they are snug. Let the end of the cord hang and pull the washer casing back up. Plug the cord into the circuit again, attach the copper springs and screw the control board back together.

Start your washer load over and the repair is complete. Monitor the first load of laundry to make sure it works correctly.

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