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It will not unlock. I have unplugged it twice yet it will not unlock

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  • douglas_wood Jun 27, 2009

    I did exactly as you suggested. Neither worked. I unplugged it again. When I plug it in, the door is still locked. When i try to restart the wash, I get the dl,f reading. I also hear what sounds like a stuck electrical relay cycling towards the rear of the machine. Any suggestions?



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Locate the DRIN/SPIN button on the front panel. Press on hold for 3 seconds. This button is used to lock/unlock the front panel as a safety feature preventing small children from manipulating the controls. The instructions are printed on the front panel. If this does not work, unplug the unit for at least 30 minutes to reset the Central Control Unit (CCU). If you still need assistance, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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    Jeff Rockwell Jun 27, 2009

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    "Fdl" is a door latch error. The washer will attempt to lock several times
    at the beginning of the cycle. If the latch fails to lock, the washer will shut
    down and display the "Fdl" error code.

    Commonly, this is an indication of a broken door latch. However, in some
    case, this can mean a failed CCU which controls the latch. You can start by
    doing a visual check of the latch followed by ensuring all the connectors are
    plugged in and snug on the latch and at the point where they plug in to the
    CCU. Try unplugging each connector at the CCU and at the door latch (one at a
    time) and reseat them. This sometimes helps clear momentary problems. You can
    access everything by removing the top panel of the washer. Remove the panel by
    loosening the three screws that hold the panel in place in the rear of the
    washer. With the screws removed, the panel will slide back,, then lift off.
    The door latch is located behind the front panel. Follow the wires from the
    latch to the CCU, which is located directly behind the drum. For additional
    troubleshooting information, there is a tech sheet inside the washer behind the
    lower panel under the door. If not affixed to the panel door, it will be
    located along one of the interior cabinet walls.

    If you determine the latch to be bad, the following link explains how to

    If you have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you,



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