Washers are designed to turn on only when it knows the door is shut. But if your Whirlpool front load washer’s door switch assembly is broken, the machine can’t sense when you close the door. You can replace the part by ordering part #WP8182634 and following these steps:
1. Unplug your washer and turn off both water supplies.
Whenever you are making repairs to your washer, you should disconnect the appliance from both water and power to keep yourself safe.
2. Access the door switch assembly.
Open the door. Then remove the boot lip around the edge of the tub: locate the clamp with a flathead screwdriver and pry the ring away. Lift up the lip of the boot and pull it away from the door switch without removing the whole boot.
Loosen the screws holding the door switch in place. Next, reach behind the washer’s front panel and the boot to find the whole door switch assembly. Pull it out of the machine carefully so you don’t tug on the wire harnesses attached to it.
3. Uninstall the door switch assembly.
Disconnect each of the wire harnesses by pressing down on the locking tabs. While each of the wire harnesses can only be plugged into their specific slot, you can take a picture of the wiring before you dismantle it. This gives you an easy guide when you install the new part.
4. Install the new door switch assembly.
First, attach each of the wire harnesses. Make sure the locking tabs snap to hold them in place. Next, slide the assembly behind the boot and the front panel. The inside of the front panel has two mounting brackets that the assembly needs to lock into. The assembly has two mounting tabs, so align them before pushing the assembly down and into place. The door switch itself also needs to protrude from the rectangular hole on the front panel.
Hold the assembly in place and retighten the screws to secure it.
5. Reassemble the washing machine.
Pull the boot back into position and make sure the lip fits around the edge of the tub. Then slide the metal ring back around the edge. You might need to use pliers to pull the clamp ring tightly around the whole edge.
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