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Door wont open

I can't get the door to open on the machine. I've tried power on and off, changing to various programmes and selecting none. It normally has a timer safety mechanism so you can't open it right after a wash but 3 days seems excessive!! Any ideas? Corin

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Hi Corin This is not a solution, apologies! It's just that I have exactly the same problem - did you manage to fix it? Ondine

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