How to Bypass a Washer Lid Top on a GE Washer

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Things You'll Need

  • Philips-head screwdriver or power screwdriver

  • Short piece of electrical wire

  • Soldering gun

  • Electrical tape


Never use the washer for regular use with the lid switch disabled. This process is only for testing to ensure the tub spins, water fills and drains and the agitator works. Do not work on the washer while it is turned on or plugged in. Do not stick your hands into the washer while it is running.

Lid safety features should not be disabled for regular use.
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Like many washing machines, GE-made washing machines have a safety feature that prevents the washer from running with the lid open. This is done to reduce the risk of water spillage, damage to the components or injury to the user. This feature can be disabled for testing purposes only. This allows you to inspect the inside of the washer while it is running to verify that parts like the agitator are functioning properly.

Step 1

Disconnect the power cable from the wall outlet. Verify that the washer is turned off.

Step 2

Remove the four screws on the top of the control panel. Tilt the control panel forward to expose the inside wiring.

Step 3

Make a jumper cable wire. Take a small piece of electrical wire and bend it into a "U" shape. Solder the tips of the wire with a soldering gun.

Step 4

Locate the lid switch wire harness in the right side of the control panel housing. The wire harness is an off-white color with multiple colored wires coming from it.

Step 5

Grasp each end of the wire harness and pull gently to separate the two sections.

Step 6

Insert the tips of the "U" shaped jumper cable into the two holes on the inside of the left piece of the wire harness.

Step 7

Wrap electrical tape around the harness and jumper cable to insulate the connection.

Step 8

Flip the control panel back up and replace the four screws. Plug the washing machine back in.

Step 9

Set the washer to a full cycle and turn the dial to "Start." Open the lid and the washer will now operate with the lid open.

Maxwell Payne

Maxwell Payne has been a freelance writer since 2007. His work has appeared in various print and online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in integrated science, business and technology.