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Which brand/model of dryer do you have? For most dryers, you need to press and hold either one button or a pair of buttons at the same time to toggle the lock on and off. Frequently the correct button or pair of buttons will be indicated with a small padlock or child's face. Some LG dryers are nice; the button is labeled Lock/Unlock. Press and hold the button for 3+ seconds until you hear a beep and see the alert go off. The Whirlpool Duet (and the Kenmore equivalent) require you to press and hold the End of Cycle button for 15 seconds. On at least some Frigidaire dryers, press and hold Select and Options for 10+ seconds.
The control lock prevents someone from changing the settings or starting the dryer running when it shouldn't. If the appropriate steps for your washer fail, try unplugging the dryer for a while. If the lock remains enabled, the control panel isn't communicating properly with the board. Either the panel will need replacement or the board itself. I hope this helps.
Child Lock can be used to prevent your children from undesirable use on control panel while the
dryer is running. When Child Lock is enabled, all the button will be locked and Child Lock glows.To lock Child Lock, Press and hold Rack Dry for 3 seconds, A single beep tone is heard and CL isdisplayed on the status window. To unlock Child Lock, press and hold Rack Dry for3 seconds again.
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If you want to enable the Controls Lock/Unlock Feature:-
To enable the Controls Lock feature when dryer is running:
Press and hold the CONTROLS LOCK/UNLOCK button for 3 seconds. The control is locked when a single beep is heard and the Controls Lock status light is on. This feature allows you to lock your settings to avoid unintended use of the dryer. You can also use the Controls Lock feature to avoid unintended cycle or option changes during dryer operation.
■When the dryer is off, it is not necessary to press the Control On button before activating the Controls Lock feature.
Press and hold the CONTROLS LOCK/UNLOCK button for 3 seconds to turn this feature off.
NOTE:- When the dryer is running and Controls Lock is on, the dryer can be stopped by pressing the Pause/Cancel button, but cannot be restarted until the control is unlocked.
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To enable the Control Locked feature when dryer is
Press and hold the CYCLE END SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.
The control is locked when a single beep is heard and the Control
Locked status light is on.
When the dryer is off, it is not necessary to press the Control
On button before activating the Control Locked feature.
Press and hold the CYCLE END SIGNAL button for 3 seconds to
turn this feature off.
NOTE: When the dryer is running and Control Locked is on, the
dryer can be stopped by pressing the Off button, but can’t be
restarted until the control is unlocked.
To enable the control lock feature:
Press and hold END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button
for 3 seconds. The Lock/Unlock Control
icon lights up, and a single beep tone is heard.
To unlock, press and hold END OF CYCLE
SIGNAL button for 3 seconds. The indicator
light turns off.
Hold the Press and hold the CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds. The CONTROLS LOCKED icon lights up, and a single beep tone is heard. To unlock, press and hold the CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds. The indicator light turns off.
the controls on our unit can be locked by holding a button for 3-5 seconds. look on the control panel for a "paddle lock" symbol next to one of the buttons. cant tell you which one as they do change from year to year. just find the right button and hold it in for a few seconds. then it will beep and should unlock after that.