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After pressing pause button, can not get to restart

After pausing, and opening the door to add clothes, can not get to restart. Minutes flash on and off on the estimated time. If you change the cycle, the time changes, but continues to flash.

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It appears your timer has failed in this instance.

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If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


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