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Product Help | Whirlpool

Lid Locking on a Top Load High Efficiency Washer

Lid Locking (or not Locking) on your  Whirlpool Top Load HE Washer?

Is the lid closed and locking?

Your previous washer may have filled and washed with the lid open.

  • Some newer washers will not fill or wash with the lid open. The lid must be closed for the washer to fill with water, wash, drain, rinse and spin the load. Close the washer lid before starting the washer.
  • Some will fill with the lid open, but will not advance if the lid remains open. The washer will drain after 10 minutes if the lid remains open. 
  • Some models have lights on the console which show when the lid is locked. When lit, the lid is locked and cannot be opened without pausing the cycle. When the light is off, the lid can be opened. See image below:

Lid locked light of top load washer on/off

Check your Owner's Manual to determine how your washer lid operates.

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