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Good Morning Eva Ehrlich, thank you for your inquiry!
From what you have described the control panel on your Electrolux dishwasher is locked and will not allow you to operate it. Could you please provide me with your model number? You can locate the serial tag (which lists your model number) on the inside wall of your dishwasher. Once I have that information I can provide you additional assistance in unlocking your control panel. -Matt
Pressing and holding the Heated Dry key for 3+ seconds toggles the Control Lock (on if it is off, off when on). This is useful if you are using a delayed wash cycle (so no one turns it off) or to keep the dishwasher from being turned on when you clean the front panel.
If the model number is correct, you need to press and hold the AIR DRY button for 4 seconds to lock or unlock the controls. If you still have problems, or if your model number is different, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.
This advise is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet front loader washers and dryers with a Control Lock problem.
This may or may not be an indication of a serious problem. In the majority of the cases, this is a simple operator error. Nearly all these model appliances have some sort of Control Lock feature on the front panel now. This is a designed safety feature that is used to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:
Whirlpool Duet Washer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.
Whirlpool Duet Dryer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.
Kenmore Elite Washer - Press and hold the DRAIN/SPIN button for 3 seconds.
Kenmore Elite Dryer - Press and hold the AUTO DRY LEVEL button for 3 seconds.
These instructions may not be all inclusive for all Kenmore and Whirlpool models, but they are the most common. Chances are, if you have a Control Lock feature, the instructions will be printed on the front panel adjacent to the button that is required to lock or unlock the controls.
NOTE: These instructions may also work for newer model Maytag, Hotpoint, Admiral and Fridgidaire model front loaders as well. Refer to your owner's manual or front panel for instructions pertaining to your sepcific model.
If the Control Lock feature will not lock or unlock the appliance, unplugging the unit for AT LEAST 30 minutes is recommended in order to reset the main control board. In many cases this is all that is required to correct momentary glitches.
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the control panel is locked. dont know your model number to tell you what buttons you hold to unlock it, but some models have a lock button you hold down for 3-5 seconds. other models just have a lock light, and have a line indicating 2 buttons that you hold down for 3-5 seconds. if you cant find which buttons to hold down, refer to your owners manual. once the control panel is unlocked, it will run again. shane