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Kenmore front load washer shows door not locked but the door is locked and will not unlock. it will not start either.

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  • nolanrife70 Mar 14, 2009

    thanks, i'll try it next time. this time i tried the "bang on back of washer" trick and it worked fine>

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Thanks to whoever is responsible for this site and the previous commentors. The symptoms on my kenmore front loader were the same as the poster's. on mine the electrical connector to the door lock had worked loose. Reseating it fixed the problem

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Try pressing 'end of cycle' for 3 seconds. You hear a click? Then wait for 2 minutes before trying the door, do not force door. No luck? Plug off the mains. Tilt machine backwards to unscrew 3 screws below the front panel, the kick panel. Slide the panel downwards & out.

Put your hand up towards the lock portion (inside the machine that is), you will feel a tear shaped thing, pull this thing a quarter of an inch down, the door will click open. Check to see that all wires are connected well.

Next try some WD40 on the door mechanism on machine, not on door, & try the door open/close a few times. Would be nice to know what happened............free service remember.(!)

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

  • prem mathew Mar 15, 2009

    The "kick" techique if works, shows you have a connection loose somewhere. Plug off the mains and check to see that all wires are secured firmly.

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SOURCE: kenmore front load he3 washer: door wont unlock

happened to me once - I just unplugged the machine - waited a minute and plugged it back - it - then used cancel button

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite HE3 front load washer door locking mechanism issue

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.

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Front Load washer won't start , door lock light on, not locked

needs new door interlock,( sits behind where the door catches on to) easy to fit normally, make sure you un unplug the washer before starting.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Neptune front load washer showing code LO. Door

You can try either prying the door open and then replacig the door switch which is probably what caused the problem in the first place. Or try unplugging the machine for several hours, press and hold power button for a few seconds, wait half hour more, plug back in to see if it resets itself.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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