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My Kenmore Elite Smartwash control locked light went on after I finished a load. Now no buttons work. How do I unlock the controls?

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  • mann_family Mar 03, 2009

    Thanks to jsrock516, I followed your suggestion and it worked!

  • mwetlaufer Apr 24, 2009

    Mine locked up as well (and of course I threw all my manuals away) Holding the Spin&Drain Button for three 3 seconds worked. Thanks so much!

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Try pressing and holding the Drain/Spin button in for 3 seconds. If that doesn't work, try unplugging the unit for 30 minutes.

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Just remember, the instructions are printed near the button. This features locks and unlocks the control panel as a designed safety feature to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. In addition, if you get error codes, or the panel starts flashing or freezes up, sometimes these errors can be erroneous. Unplugging the unit for 30 minutes will reset the Central Control Unit (CCU). This is the main "brain" of the washer. Any error code following a computer reset, is usually a genuine problem. If you ever have questions about this washer in the future, please keep me in mind. Congrats on getting it working again!

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