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.
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.
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