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Kenmore elite washer control lock on and can't use washer

The control lock light is on and we unplugged it but it comes back on when we plug it back in. How do we reset it?

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There is a manual release. You can either take off the kick plate and reach up from the bottom, or take off the top and reach down. It's a teardrop shaped plastic tab coming out the bottom of the lock mechanism, and you just pull it down.

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