Question about Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Can't open door?

I have a Kenmoore Elite HE3 front load washer. The door will not open. I had 2 small rugs being washed and I notice the water did not drain. So I pressed Drain/Rinse. Since then the door does not open. I can't really see in the washer itself, but there maybe water still in the machine. How can I get the door open?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 15,935 Answers

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.


Thanks for using FixYa - a 4 THUMBS rating is appreciated for answering your FREE question.!!!!

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a Kenmore Elite Quiet Pack 2, HE3, model number 110.45872 400 front loading washing machine. When I start a cycle it stops and letters H and F alternately show on the screen. What does this mean?


i just had this problem... i did the following (should only take 30 minutes) take the panel off, that is located below the front door,, there are 3 small srews located at the bottom that hold this... then you will see the water pump, the water pump has a access srew plug, when you unscrew this, its like a filter, you may see stuff, like coins, socks, etc, remove and clean it, then put everything back... this should fix the issue.

Oct 11, 2010 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

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.

Aug 01, 2009 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

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

Feb 27, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Front load washer door won't open


There is an override switch directly below the latch under the machine on most front loaders.

Jan 24, 2009 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Kenmore HE3 Front Load Washer - Leaking Water into wash tub


THE WATER VALVE IN THE WASHER HAS TO BE REPLACED THE COST OF THE WATER VALVE IS ABOUT $25.00

Dec 14, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Water Remaining in Gasket Around Door


normal problem all front loads all brands.. leave door open as much as possible.. to clean fill tub with hot water pour in 2 cups chlorine bleach use rag in solution wipe gasket out as good as possible allow washer to run normal cycle ..do as routine when ever odor is first noticed leaving door open will allow most of water to evaporate

Nov 19, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

KENMORE ELITE HE3 WASHER


2 things you may try if you haven't already ..let washer fill with hot water ..pause and open door pour in about 2 cups chlorine bleach before starting back up..with rag soaked in bleach/water clean inside front door boot ..be sure to roll boot toward front and clean out accumilation under it wash as much as possible off door seal..allow to finish cycle (normal wash should be fine)..may also try removing lower panel remove pump acess plug and clean pump out thoroughly..you are not alone ALL front washer have same issue and if some sort of routine cleaning isn't done problem reoccurs also leaving door slightly open between usues will help ..by the way that is a german made washer

Sep 12, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

1 Answer

Kenmore elite he3


ck for blockage between dispenser and where it comes into tub just above door have known dry detergent if used not disolve and cake up blocking inlet to tub also be sure drawer is clean and ck above drawer in washer and clean small holes

Jul 30, 2008 | Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer

2 Answers

Leaking Kenmore elite he3 washing machine


removethe lower acess panel 3 screws across the bottom , run the cycle and watch to see where exctly the leak is coming from it should be quite apparent

Mar 09, 2008 | Kenmore 3.8 cu. ft. HE3 Front Load Washer

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kenmore Elite 45986 Front Load Washer Logo

179 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kenmore Washing Machines Experts

Sal DeAngelo

Level 3 Expert

2128 Answers

fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5501 Answers

Mike Carew

Level 3 Expert

969 Answers

Are you a Kenmore Washing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...