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How To Install W10248240 Load Sensing Switch

Posted on July 14, 2014

Some newer top load washing machines built by Whirlpool (also found under the Maytag and Kenmore brand names) use a load sensing switch to control the water level inside the washer.  On older washers this part was called a pressure switch.  This sensor switch is located in the top console of the washer, and is usually labeled as the water temperature control (A.T.C. control).  This switch senses the load inside the washer, and automatically adjusts the water level in the tub to the proper level.

Common symptoms that this part has when it fails are: filling with water at the very end of the cycle and agitating while filling with water.  Whirlpool has not released information on how to test this part out, so you will have to narrow down your problem with a process of elimination.  Other parts that can cause similar symptoms to a bad load sense switch are a bad timer, water inlet valve, and a clogged or kinked pressure hose (blowing through this is a good way to make sure it is clear).

If you are having repeated failures of this part, please check to make sure that the drain hose of the washing machine is at least 42″ from the floor and that it is draining into an open stand pipe or laundry tub.  If the drain hose is too low or the pipe/tub that the washing is draining into is not draining at a quick enough rate it can cause the water in the washer to be siphoned out which can damage the sensor switch and cause it to fail.

Here is how to replace the W10248240 Load Sensing Switch
First unplug the washing machine before working on it.

The sensor switch is labeled as the water temperature switch.  Remove this knob.

Next, you will need to access the top console.  This is done by using a putty knife to depress the two clips on the left & right hand sides.  Some models may use two Phillips screws on the back side of the washer to secure the console.  The console will then rotate back and out of the way.

Here is the console flipped out of the way

With the console flipped back and out of the way you will now have access to the sensor switch.  Remove the pressure hose and the two wire connectors going to the switch.  Then to remove the switch from the console you will need to lift up on the tab on the right hand side, and then rotate the switch 1/4 turn counter-clockwise to remove.


Re-install in the new part in the reverse order.

If you have a bad sensor switch and need to purchase a new one, please click one of the links below.  There are two different sensor switches and you can either check to see if your model number is listed below or you can get the part number from the back of the old part to make sure you are ordering the correct part number.

Temperature Sensor Switch – W10248240
Compatible model numbers: 110.29822801, 110.29832801, 1CWTW57ESVW1, MVWC5ESXW0, MVWC6ESWW1, MVWC7ESWW0, WTW57ESVH1, WTW57ESVW1, WTW58ESVW1

Pressure Sensor Switch – W10292584
Compatible model numbers: 110.29822800, 110.29832800, 1CWTW57ESVW0, MVWC6ESWW0, WTW57ESVH0, WTW57ESVW0, WTW58ESVW0

13 Thoughts on "How To Install W10248240 Load Sensing Switch"

  1. d wittmeyer Posted on August 4, 2014

    A lifesaver in showing how to release the instrument panel with a puty knife to get at the hose and sensor.
    thanks for the help and will advise if I need to replace the switch….

  2. Melissa Posted on October 27, 2014

    You guys are great! You have the best prices, super fast arrival (2 days), and your directions were so easy to follow. Just got my part, installed it, and called my bum of a boyfriend and told him I dont need him anymore all in under 10 minutes. Thanks :)

    • Ryan Posted on November 2, 2014

      Great to hear! Thank you for your business!

    • Robin Posted on March 29, 2015

      I agree … This was so easy thanks to the great instuctions !! Thank you part Dr… Didn’t even need any help from my husband !! Yay ! Girl Power !!

      • Ryan Posted on March 30, 2015

        Awesome! We are glad we could help :)

  3. Emilio Cruz Posted on February 7, 2015

    Is it possible that the load sensing switch be the one that says fabric softener part number W10177795 (my isa kenmore 800 bought about 5 years ago that is the onli switch with the pressure clear hose.

    • Ryan Posted on February 9, 2015

      Part number W10177795 an old part number that has been replaced with new part number W10292584. This is the load sensing switch on your washer.

  4. Suzanne Posted on February 15, 2015

    I really hope you can help us!! We have a May Centennial top load washing machine. We have to use the bulky setting for every load just to get enough water to wash the load. If we use ANY other setting the washer only fills with a tiny amount of water and the clothes don’t even get totally wet. Is this something that we can fix?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Ryan Posted on February 19, 2015

      What is the model number of your washer?

  5. wayne Posted on March 12, 2015

    any way to increase the water level in my maytag centennial washer.just got it and it doesn’t clean my greasy clothes very well.thanks

    • Ryan Posted on March 16, 2015

      The water level is usually determine by the load size setting on the washer, or on some models it is auto sensing. The water level amount is not an adjustable setting other than the factory options.

  6. Tab Posted on March 22, 2015

    My washer will not come on unless I slam it real hard I mean real hard and than push the button. What seems to be the problem ?

    • Ryan Posted on March 23, 2015

      Check the lid switch

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