My front loader washing machine won't open. I have switched it off , done another load of washing to see if it opens but its not allowing me to open the door, How can I get to open the door as there is washing in the machine!
On a Bosch wfmc3200uc there is a green plastic string, similar to fishing line, located behind the round panel on the front of the machine. It is attached to the top right of the round black piece. Just give a slight tug this will release the lock.
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Not sure if you mean when it is fully off or operating, but if you mean that once it is operating the door won't open, then the following applies...
Once a front loader wash cycle starts, the door on a front loader is physically (electronically) locked until the full cycle ends after spin dry. This is to prevent anyone opening the door and letting all the water out in the middle of the wash cycle, which a lot of people try to do to put in more clothing etc.
We have an electronic Sears front load model with which that happened. . If this is a Sears machine contact the service number located in your manual and they should be able to talk you through it. For us it ended up being a door switch that had become misaligned. Make sure the machine spins the water out of the tub before you try to open the door if it is a front loader.
Hi, is this a new washing machine? If not, then these Maytag front loading washing machines use a paraffin locking switch in the front panel to lock the door
during operation. Now, if the switch has gone south and trip the the lock switch
without locking the door. Then the washing machine want turn on.
What is a parfin locking switch work is a small
container with paraffin (wax) in it with a heater. When the washing machine is
turn on. The control board indicate that the machine is in operation and a small
amount of current is applied to the paraffin switch to the heating element. This make
the parfin to expand trip the locking mechanism and locking door during
operation. Keep the door lock from accidental openings. It will take about 4
minute after the washing machine has quite it running operation to open the
front loader door. The paraffin needs to cool down to release the locking
Potential reasons for it:
- Door Lock/Switch Assembly Failure - In this case it should be replaced.
- Door Lock unit is broken or removed from the door.
- Look for disconnected wires to the door Lock/Switch unit.
- Door Lock/Switch unit Failure
First disconnect the machine power cable from the wall socket. You should remove machine's top cover and then you will have an access to the door lock unit.