Starting laundry to end up with a washer full of wet clothes and a non working washer can pretty much ruin your day. We are here to try to help.
On most washers today, the lid switch has to be closed for the motor to run. If the lid switch is faulty, it will act as if the lid is open. A quick check you can do is to run a cycle with the lid switch jumped. If the washer operates, the lid switch needs to be replaced.
Remember to unplug the washer before making any checks or performing repairs.
To jump the lid switch you need to unplug the washer and open the console. I have provided you with the instructions for opening the console below. Once you have the console open, locate the connector for the lid switch. Place an insulated jumper wire between the gray and white wires. Not the green it is a ground and will cause a short. After inserting the jumper wire make sure it will not touch anything metal, plug the washer in. Then start the washer in a cycle, and let it go. If the washer completes the cycle, you need to replace the lid switch.
Do not leave the jumper in while you are waiting for the part. The jumper wire is only for the test.
You can order part here;
Sears Parts Direct
There is a image below and a quick video here to help access and replace the lid switch if necessary.
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website;
Sears Home Services
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