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Kenmore washer lid switch problem

My kenmore elite washer model 100.24942301 is having an issue with the lid switch. We close the lid and the machine doesn't start. IF we lift the lid and drop it, it starts washing. It appears the switch is making contact with the lid closing. So, should I just replace the lid switch?

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Good day,
Common problem, Change the switch, and make sure if it is the model with a plunger for the switch mounted on the lid, that that be replaced as well.

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Hi from retired Englishman in SW France,

There is likely to be a problem with either the lid solenoid/lock or the 'lid closed' sensor requiring a service engineer's attention I suggest. Sorry ;-0(

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SOURCE: My Kenmore elite 100.24942301 Lid switch problem

You may can slightly bent the part the lid contacts so it will be depressed further thereby making the switch. If that doesn't work then you will need to replace the switch.

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