Test the lid switch inside a Maytag washer using a continuity meter or multimeter. Opening and closing the lid should cause the switch to alternate between continuity and no continuity. To access the lid switch, open the back of the control panel.
When a machine fills with water but does not agitate or spin, the lid switch is suspect. The lid switch is a safety device that prevents the machine from operating when the lid is open. It activates each time the lid is opened, and closing the lid gently helps prevent the switch from malfunctioning.
If the lid switch on the Maytag washer is bad, owners must raise the lid to the washer and use a flathead screwdriver to pry the old switch out of position. Next, they must set the tabs of the new switch in the slots, and pull it toward the back of the machine to lock it in place.
Maytag Newton washing machines have lid switches that mount using screws. Replacement switches have a 4 amp fuse. Owners must remove the old switch by loosening the screws and removing the switch. Once the new switch is in place, it requires adjusting so the machine stops once the lid is open approximately 2 inches.