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Code F29 is not in the booklet and I can't open the door, is there a way I can fix this because sears can't come out till Thursday, I have so much laundry to do

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Code f29 in my book is Door Unlock Error Possible causes/procedure are as follows: 1 door lock mechanism is broken 2. door switch/lock unit failure. a. check door switch/lock unit for foreign objects. b. unplug washer or disconnect power. c. check wire harness connections to the door switch/lock unit and central control unit (ccu) d. check door switch contacts E the resistance of both door coils between pin 1 and 3 should be approx. 320 ohms... the door can be unlocked manually... to do this you 1. unplug washer. 2 remove the lower kick panel (i think 2 screws on bottom hold it on) 3. Reach up along the inside of the front and locate the bottom of the door switch/lock unit. 4. located on the bottom of the door switch/lock unit is a tear-drop shaped tab. 5. Gently pull the tab down about a 1/4 of an inch or until a click is heard. 6 you should now be able to open the door.

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