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Door will not unlock need to get clothes out

Machine will not unlock need to get clothes out. How do I unlock? I'm five minutes from getting a hammer and breaking the sight glass.

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Whooaaa put down the ha\mmer, it wont open if theres too much water in unit. there is a manual release, but you have to remove the lower service panel to reach it.after removing the panel youll need to stick your hand up along side the front panel right hand side. the lowest ponit of the door latch/lock assy has a quarter sized handle that youll need to pull to relesae the door mechinism., WARNING if there is water visble through the door and you open it you will get wet...before trying the manual release option turn off the water supply and set the machine for drain/spin cycle and see if the drain pump turns on to release enough water to opne the door on its own,if the drain pumps only humms and doenst drain, then theres the issue you have something stuck in the drain pump. in which casse youll need to remove the lower panel and free the clog anyway.

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If you're going to trash the machine, then you could use a large pry bar to force the door open from the hinge side - or a Framing hammer, with splayed flat forks. drive the prying instrument into the hinge side of the door with a hammer and pry away!
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