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Washing Machine Door won't open

I can't get the door on my washing machine to open. It has completed a full cycle correctly and has stopped - but the door is sealed tight and will not open - leaving all my washed clothes inside. How do I get the door open? Thanks

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  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    same thing, same situation. tried all of the solutions in the owner's manual and online, but nothing worked. Then pressed the door INWARDS and voila, it would suddenly open.

  • kaylia60 Oct 17, 2008

    the door is cracked

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    stuck in wash won't stop washing for past 4 hours

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I had the same problem. I went through all the steps on this thread to no avail. Finaly I just pryed the thing open - with no damage, thank goodness.

Once open I saw that the latch in the door didn't move when I pulled the handle. The problem it seems was in the latch on the door itself. If you end up this problem and want to get wet clothes out, just stick a flat-head screwdriver, behind the door latch into the horseshoe-shaped metal bit and lever it open - no prying necessary.

Not sure how I'm going to fix this permantely but at least I got my wet clothes out and can do laundry as long as I keep the screwdriver near by.

To fix - I'll either need to figure out how to disassemble the door and replace the latch mechanism, or just buy a whole new door.

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  • Abby Stoll Feb 23, 2013

    I just came across your post and after hours of trying to get the door opened you are the only thing that helped THANK YOU!

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I have a whirlpool Model # wfw8400tw. I can't get my door open. There's no cloths inside. Please advise me of what codes can I use to get the door open.

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Fluffy, hopefully its just a glitch. Try this to put in the test mode. Put the program selector knob at the 6:00 position. Put the speed spin selector knob at the 9:00 position. Press and hold the pre-wash button and then press the power button. The 5 leds should light up. This will test the door lock switch. Hopefully it will unlock and reset. If not it's best to call for service as some complicated tests will have to be run. Catriver..post back

Posted on Oct 27, 2006

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    George Leonard Lewis Jul 24, 2014

    This worked for me!! Only one of theleds lit up and I had to fiddle with the knobs a bit but the door opened

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Https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/SrvTechAdm.nsf/2cd44500d57219328525

follow the steps in the above PDF file to remove the top, then on the top right side, you can find 2 white wires, unplug either one of them (pull out hard), then you should be able to open it. God damn it, I spent whole morning on it!, I hate Whirlpool!

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

  • beyond_canad Aug 02, 2008

    sorry, the link should be this:

    https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/Sr...$FILE/WPWASHER1.pdf


  • beyond_canad Aug 02, 2008

    https://secured.whirlpool.com/Service/Sr...
    2cd44500d572193285256a45004fd9d6/07e2c9ebdcf04a
    3085256f38004f9b84/$FILE/WPWASHER1.pdf

    I don't know what is the problem, but put these three lines together (no space between), then u can access the file.


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