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How to replace door lock assembly

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  • psgolfer70 May 11, 2010

    How do you take "The top Cover OFF"? Also, where does one buy a new door lock assembly?



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You disconnect the power ,take the top cover off, then you see the door lock assembly so take the screws from the front door ,you hold the door lock assembly and install the new one

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We have a he3t washer that is showing an error message of F DL code? actually, it is an he4t

Hello and welcome to FixYa

DL f is a door lock error and is caused due to an issue with the door lock when it is unable to lock/unlock. Please check the door lock mechanism/door switch assembly and replace the part that has gone bad so that the issue is resolved. Please get back to me if you have any other questions.


Jul 15, 2011 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Error dl f: door will not lock to start wash

This is obviously a door lock/switch assembly failure. The fault code FdL flashes if the door locking routine fails, after six attempts, to lock the door. You should hear the door lock clicks six times before the fault code flashes. Replacing the door lock/switch assembly is the only viable solution and it's a do-it-yourself repair. You only need a pair of needle-nose pliers to stretch the door gasket retaining hoop and a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws securing the door lock/switch assembly to the front panel. Click on the link below for the detailed instructions on how to replace the door lock/switch assembly.

Replacing the Door Lock/Switch Assembly on Whirlpool Duet and Kenmore Elite Front Load Washers

Jun 17, 2011 | Kenmore HE3T Washer

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When i try use the washer it starts to make a clicking sound then when i hit cancel starts to beep and it flashes f dl

F dl = Door lock error
A Door Lock Error occurs if the door cannot be locked. It will try to lock
it six times before displaying the error code.
Possible causes/procedure:
¦ Door lock mechanism is broken or removed from door.
¦ Door switch/lock unit failure.
1. Unplug washer or disconnect power.
2. Check door switch/lock unit.
3. Check the wire harness connections to the door
switch/lock unit and Central Control Unit (CCU).

Jun 11, 2011 | Kenmore HE3T Washer

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WE have Kenmore elite He3t Model Nol. 42926 203. We get an error code dL F. How do we correct this?

It is a door lock failure and it flashes after the door locking routine fails to lock the door after 6 attempts. Replace the door lock/latch assembly (part number 8182634) to solve the problem.

Disconnect power to the washer and open the door. Remove the door gasket retaining hoop by stretching apart the retaining spring at the bottom of the door opening. Gently peel the part of the door gasket near the door lock/latch assembly off the lip of the right side of the door opening. Remove enough of the door gasket to access the door lock/latch assembly behind the front panel.

Remove the three screws securing the door lock/latch assembly to the front panel and slightly lift it then pull it back off the front panel. Pull the door lock/latch assembly out of the washer and disconnect the wiring harnesses.


Connect the wiring harness to the new door lock/latch assembly and install it back in place behind the front panel. the door lock/latch assembly and put the eased part of the door gasket back into position over the lip of the door opening.

Check that the door gasket is properly seated before putting back and securing the retaining hoop around the lip of the door opening and the door gasket.

Jan 07, 2011 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

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Error message dl F-what does this mean?

door lock error replace the door lock if you have any further questions message me back and please remember to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation thanks again Rick
p.s if after you replace the door lock assembly and you still have the same code you would then have to replace the ccu (main computer board ) but most of the time the door lock assembly fixes this problem thanks again

Dec 19, 2010 | Kenmore HE3T Washer

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I have an HE3t and can't get the door to open. I have tried rewashing the load that is in there, and I have set and unset the lock. What's going on?

Try unplugging the washer for 10 minutes, plugging it back in and test to see if the door will unlock. If it doesn't then you have a bad door lock mechanism or contol board or both. You usually can manually unlock the door by removing the bottom front panel, with the washer unplugged, and reaching up into the door lock mechanism. There is a tab or ring on the bottom that you pull to release the door. Open the door and look for broken plastic pieces on the door strike or in the latch on the mechanism. Usually you won't see anything. If no broken pieces then remove the top panel, washer unplugged, and find the ccu. This is the main control board located in the back center of the machine. Check for loose connections at the ccu and for broken wires. Jiggle and push the wiring connectors into the ccu to make sure they are tight. Plug washer in and test to see if it started working. We have had a lot of repairs with this ccu unit as the relays on the board have a bad weld that gives an intermittent connection, causing this repair. If the washer works by plugging these connectors in tight then put it back together and use it. If it fails again then replace the ccu. In some instances the door lock mechanism can be bad. Unfortunately there is no good test for this. To replace the lock mechanism, you remove the top panel,(washer unplugged). Open the door, remove the three screws that hold the lock mechanism to the cabinet, unplug the 3 to 4 wiring plugs from the lock mechanism and install the new assembly. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

Jan 04, 2010 | Kenmore HE3T Washer

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Here are the steps to unlocking the door manually if clothes are still in the machine.
1.Unplug machine
2.remove bottom panel
3.Reach up along the inside of the front panel and locate the botttom of the door latch assembly
4.Located on the bottom of the door latch assembly is a tear dropped shaped tab
5. Gently pull down on the tab about a 1/4 inch or until a click is heard.
6. You may now open the door.

This code means the door lock mechanism has failed or the central control unit has failed. Replace the door lock mech. first. This should fix the problem. (before replacing anything make sure there is no obstruction around the switch or in the switch.) After the machine has been unplugged it may fix itself. if not replace door lock mech.

Mar 29, 2008 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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Kenmore Elite HE3t Front Loading Washer

Try holding 'end of cycle' button for 3 seconds. If not........
  • Door Lock Mechanism broken or removed from the door
  • Check Door Lock/Switch Assembly
  • Check the wire harness connections to the door Lock/Switch Assembly and Central Control Unit (CCU)
  • Door Lock/Switch Assembly Failure
If you get the door to open try some WD40 on the door mechanism, not on door, and open/close a few times. "Plug should be off the wall" when trying this, and tinkering inside machine, caution.

Feb 05, 2007 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3t Front Load Washer

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