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Kenmore HE3 front load washer the control lock is on and I don't

The front load washer has the red control lock light on. How do I unlock the washer lock?

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    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Try pressing and holding the DRAIN/SPIN button for three seconds. This button is used to lock and unlock the washer console to prevent children from manipulating the controls. This is a designed safety feature. If that doesn't work, unplug the washer for at least 30 minutes to reset the CCU. Sometimes minor glitches occur and you must reset the control board. If neither of these options correct your problem, please post back and let me know.

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Look close at the panel.... it will tell you what button to hold in for 3-5 seconds

Good Luck!

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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