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Appliance Repair - Frigidaire Washer won't spin

I see two things that cause this and the first one is very simple. The door latches go bad on these front loaders regularly. I replace about 3 a week. The other thing to check is the motor drive board. Remove back panel and check fuse on the motor control bard. If it's bad then replace the board.

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I have a Whirlpool front end loader washing machine AWM 993-600 and I can't open the door. I've just completed a wash. Is there some way of releasing it?

Hi Carolyn,
Yes, you can access the door latch by removing the lower panel. There are three screws below the panel, remove these.

When that panel is off, reach behind the front panel up towards the latch. You'll feel a "ring" at the base of it.

Grasp the ring and pull down, then (while still holding the ring) pull out on the door to open it.

Now here's the thing. Your door latch has most likely failed and will need to be replaced. Here's a link to a Duet manual. Look on page 4-3 for the latch replacement procedure. (It may look difficult, but it can be done in less than 1/2 an hour.) The part number you'll need is 8182634. If you don't have a local appliance parts retailer, just plug that number into a search engine.

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Apr 03, 2009 | Whirlpool Washing Machines

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GE front load washer WSXH208v1ww door latch

Unfortunately, the "door latch assembly" is what you would need. It comes with a new concrete front tub counter weight which is redesigned to not be able to contact the door latch switch on out of balance spins. It is also a lot of work to replace. (you can not get just the little plastic part) Please don't rate this solution, as anything but a Fix-Ya lowers my score, and I know you don't want to shoot the messenger.

Mar 08, 2009 | GE WSXH208A Front Load Washer

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dryer works for few minutes then stops

clothes can open the door if door latch is weak, causing door opening and stopping the cycle, or a bad automatic sensor

Feb 17, 2009 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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I had the same problem this past month! There is a diagnostic sheet behind the front panel ( lower) of your washer that gives all the codes and what they mean. that one means failure of door latch. I just replaced my door latch this past week. I could not for the life of me get Sears you to fix it even after 5 weeks and I had an extended warranty! They sent the part and my husband fixed if in 5 minutes. The only hard part was putting the rubber boot back on the door but he did it alone. Fix Ya gave me a link to go to for instructions on how to replace the door latch motor. It just plugs in with little things that look like blades on a socket. Very easy. You can order the door latch through any parts dealer and I can give you the part number if you need it. I understand form FixYa that you are to NEVER slam the door on an electronic front loader as it can damage the door latch. Mine lookid perfectly good when we removed it so I don't know what the problem was. All I know is that they sure don't build 'em like they used to and I probably won't buy another Sears product after this experience of not being able to get service. They have only ONE repairman for a 100 mile radius! I have written the higher ups in Sears but I bet I won't hear a word unless it is a "form letter". I told them not to bother. I hope this helps you as I know how frustrating it is to try and get that door to latch. I take it the door is not latching so the machine won't start? Try unplugging it for awhile and see if that helps. It did mine temporarily.

Sep 19, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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unlock the control panel to a kenmore elite front loader

to unlock the controls
select and hold drain/spin for 3 seconds until the control locked status lights turn off.

Nov 22, 2007 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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