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Dishwasher won't unlock

Hello, my Maytag got locked (by pressing the heated dry button for 3 seconds). Unfortunately it won't unlock by again pressing the heated dry buton for 3 seconds (or any time). I have tried a number of combinations including Normal wash - heated dry (3 times) as well with no result other than a flashing L (for locked) on the display and the lock light staying on (or flashing). I have also tried turning the power off, but it remembers it was locked when I turn it back on. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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