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How to test if my door latch on my washing machine is working

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If it is a top loading unit when you open the lid look along the back edge and there should be a button type switch that you can manually push down with your finger while the lid is open. While deprressing it turn on unit to see if it starts.

If its a front load look where in the same spot along the edge where the hinges are for some type of button to press and repeat. It may also be where the latch catches and locks the door and you may have to insert something. While pressing the button with the door open try to start unit. If it starts immediately release the switch so water will not get you wet.

If the unit starts with either test your switch would be ok.

Check out this website will be invaluable to you if you want to repair your machine yourself. Calling an appliance repair service will be very expensive often resulting in buying a new unit do to the repair cost and labor charges if your appliance is fairly old. But at this site simply punch in your model number (they will even tell you how to find that) and a diagram will come up with all the parts for your machine.

The site will also help you troubleshoot your machine to determiine what parts you will need. You will then find videos to help you do the repairs. And the best thing of all is , if you order the part they are delivered FAST and if it turns out not to be the problem you can return the part for reimbursement. If you have ever had an appliance repair done and they installed a part that wasnt the problem you were stuckl paying for it and the next part they wuld think the problem was!.

Still having a problem then hit their forum and post a message explaining your symptoms and model ect and you will quickly have someone giving you advice on how to repair ect. Or simply type in your symptoms and search the forum and I will almost bet someone has already posted the same problem with your brand and and an answer will immediately be found.

Good Luck and don't let appliances intimidate you they are VERY simply machines once you realize how they work and how simple they are constructed.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012


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SOURCE: Tricity Bendix AW440 W/M - Door won't open

The door is in two parts outer and inner, i think there are a couple of screws on the inside, if not it just prises apart, then undo the two screws on the latch, please take note how it is fitted because they can be confusing, best buy the new one first.

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SOURCE: Washing Machine door latch replacement

Go to and type in your model number. The door latch assembly can be found under the "Door and Latch Parts" heading as item number 7 (part #8181700). If you need instructions on how to replace, just follow this link:

If you do not wish to purchase parts online, use the part number provided and go to your nearest appliance parts retailer. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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SOURCE: broken door latch whirlpool ghw9100lw1

The following link explains how to replace the door latch on a Whirlpool front loader:

This is a very simple repair. I'm surprised at the cost of the labor you were quoted. An experienced technician can replace one of these latches in 30 minutes or less.

An alternate method of the replacing the latch is the remove the top panel of the washer and work down through the top. Due to variations in design features between models, this isn't always possible. If you want to remove the top panel, just locate and remove the three screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the washer. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back, then lift off. If you have access the latch assembly from the top, you can attempt the repair using this method.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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SOURCE: wma44 washing machine door lock light flashing

probably the solenoind/coil or ETA relay faulty

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Depending on which part has gone, some hotpoints door trim post snaps which makes too much play not allowing door to open, in this case needs new door trim. others need drum to be empty of all Water, or could be door interlock faulty .give it a slight bang with your hand to ease open, remember has a 3 min delay on door....

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