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CONTROL LOCKED Kenmore Elite quietpack 2 HE 3 control locked is ON and it wont turn off. The machine doesn't start since the light is on.

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Press on hold the DRAIN/SPIN button on the front panel for three seconds. The instuctions should be printed directly below the button. This is used to lock and unlock the panel as a safety feature to prevent small children from playing with the buttons. If this does not correct the problem, unplug the washer for AT LEAST 30 minutes to reset the Central Control Unit (CCU). Let me know if this corrects the problem. If you still need assistance, please let me know.

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The Control Lock is actually a safety feature that enables the consumer to lock the control panel to prevent small children from manipulating the controls and accidentally starting the appliance.

The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:

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The following link explains how to correct a Control Lock problem on a Kenmore Elite:

This is a designed safety feature that prevents small children from manipulating the front panel controls. Sometimes the control panel can become inadvertently locked. If these preliminary steps do not solve your problem, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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To disable the control lock, hold the OPTIONS and SELECT buttons at the same time until the control lock light turns off.
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