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Kenmore Elite HE4t Washer - "Control Locked"

The control locked light is lit and it will not allow me to do anything else. I have pushed every button and it is not responding. How do I reset this and how did this happen? Help I need to do laundry! Thanks for any assistance.

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  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I have a Kenmore Elite Front Load washer. And the Control lock light is on. I cannot reset the washer. Is there a button reset combination I can use to reset the system. I have already unplugged it for 30 mins and it did not reset.



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I pressed and held drain/spin and it unlocked the controls... try it and let me know.

Posted on Jan 01, 2007

  • skinnergregg Dec 24, 2010

    This website is my Christmas present!!! At the end of my Holiday Cheer I was looking for the baseball bat solution.

    Your advice worked like a charm. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  • robertmgutie Jan 26, 2011

    thank you very much. that solved the problem and i got my wife off my back.
    I actually unplugged the washer for about ten minutes, then when I turned it on the light was still turned on but i pressed the drain/spin for three seconds and when I depressed it the light went off and the washer worked.

    I think it needs to be turned off first, because I had pressed the drain/spin before with no success.

    thank you.


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Great solution thanks so much

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Had the exact same problem, soljution worked, thank you so much. Also had an over flowing hamper of clothes needed to be washed and a repair man is ten days away from being available.

Posted on Jan 19, 2008

Thank you soooo much!  I was frustrated and unable to locate my owner's manual.  Thank heaven for this website, the internet and helpful owner's like you!    Thanks again!

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

Thanks it worked great now i can catch up on the chritmas laundry!

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