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Simpson front loader model 45S651D i can't open the door. its having trouble finishing cycle now it has i cant open it!

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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" "DLE" 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 14, 2010

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    Deborah Galarza Aug 13, 2014

    Hello, Will the proceedure you provided work on a Kitchenaid Front-load washer KHWSO1PMT2. We were having issues with washer Start button clicks but not engaging the start mechanism and displaying dL codes. We tightened the screws and the problem more or less went away for a few weeks. Occassionally it would just click without codes. This was usually remedied by unplugging the washer for several hours. Then, it seemed to miraculously correct itself for a week. When we returned from a two week vacation, our first load wouldn't start, just clicked. The door will not unlock.

  • Deborah Galarza
    Deborah Galarza Aug 13, 2014

    When researching a remedy, we saw a video show how to use fishing line to partially encircle the door throught the space where it locks, pull the latch around the door and it opens. This looks like it could be a bad idea. Your thoughts? Thank you, ALL of you, for contributing your expertise.

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