Question about Kenmore HE2 Plus Front Load Washer
My washer had an error in the rinse cycle, because my water lines apparently froze and I didn't realize it.
It wouldn't shut off, so I unplugged it. The next day, I'm trying to open the washer door, and it's locked. I called Kenmore, but they won't tell me anything.
How do I unlock the door?
This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet model front loading washers. If you experience a problem where the door becomes jammed and will not unlock or open, here's an easy way to gain access inside your washer WITHOUT calling the repairman.
1. Remove the lower panel under the door by loosening the three screws under the bottom edge on the front of the washer. HINT: If you prop up the front feet of the washer with some small blocks of wood, this will make access to the screws much easier.
2. With the screws removed, the lower panel should drop down then come off. If the panel sticks, a light tap on either side will knock it loose.
3. Reach your hand up inside the washer behind the front casing on the right-hand side. This is where the door latch assembly is located.
4. At the bottom of the door latch assembly is a small pull tab. This is the manual release for the door. Pull the tab straight down and the door will come open.
Sometimes these doors will not unlock for whatever reason. If there are no error codes being generated, this could have just been a momentary glitch. If you see "Fdl" or "Fdu" error codes, these are usually indications of a failed door latch assembly and will require replacement.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2010
Here's a lot easier method if it works:
If the unit is on, push the "Pause" button till it turns off.
Then push one of the wash cycles and push start. It should start.
Immediately push the pause button again and you should be able to open the door.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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