The direction of rotation can be controlled as shown in Fig.2. When switch S1 is in position A, coil L1 of the motor receives the current directly, whereas coil L2 receives the current with a phase shift due to capacitor C. So the rotor rotates in clockwise direction. When switch S1 is in position B, the reverse happens and the rotor rotates in anti-clockwise direction. Thus switch S1 can change the rotation direction.
Old Washer Spin Enable Switches: A mercury type spin-stop lid or door safety switch was used on most automatic washer appliance models until very recently. This device is mounted by a bracket to the lid hinge. This position ensures proper operation of the appliance, which depends on mercury within the capsule to make or break the contact. When the appliance owner raises the lid during spin, the mercury in the switch capsule runs away from the switch contacts, and the timer circuit to the spin solenoid is broken.