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On my whirlpool dryer it says the control lock is on how do I get it off

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Far right set of buttons,, the lowest one, press and hold for 3 secs that will release the control lock

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We have a whirlpool duet gas front loader dryer and one morning the front panel says control lock?? What's solution for that??


The Control Lock is a child lock option. This prevents the dryer being started or the cycle being changed when it shouldn't. To toggle this off, you need to press and hold the Control Lock button on the WGD9550WL for 3 or more seconds. Other dryers use pressing and holding Cancel or two separate buttons for the feature. The appropriate button or set of buttons will usually have a Hold for 3 seconds label below or on the key in a small font.

The manual will also have the information on toggling the control lock on and off. Most Whirlpool manuals are available here: https://www.whirlpool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/OCManualsLiteratureSearchView?catalogId=10561&langId=-1&storeId=10211&krypto=5QgxQhneFliXuEuX564wSQ%3D%3D&ddkey=http:OCManualsLiteratureSearchView . Put your model number in the search box and press the right arrow. For dryers the model number is inside the door on the rim of the dryer. If you add a comment with your Whirlpool model number, I will be glad to check if there a different Control Lock option for that Duet model.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Sep 07, 2011 | Whirlpool Dryers

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The front light lit on my Whirlpool dryer is showing control locked


Hi.

If the front light lit is control locked, that means that your Whirlpool electric dryer had been set in control lock mode.

Control lock is a special mode that will prevent user from changing settings or using control until the dryer gets unlocked again.

The machine is set to control lock mode by holding down the CONTROL LOCK/UNLOCK button for several seconds. In the same way you can stop the control lock mode when the machine is already set to Control Lock.


When the dryer is running and Control Locked is on, the dryer can still be stopped by pressing the Pause/Cancel button, but cannot be restarted until the control is unlocked.

If the front light lit is control locked but the dryer door opens and it does not turn off, then you are probably in this situation. In that case, the door will be opening , but the machine still stays locked.

Disconnecting the machine from power, either unplugging power cord or tripping circuit breaker, won't help. The control lock system is designed to stay on in case of power failure.
If the machine is control locked, try unlocking it with the following procedure.

To unlock: Press and hold the CONTROL LOCK/UNLOCK button for 3 to 5 seconds to turn the control lock feature off.

If that does not work, try disconnecting power for five minutes to reset the machine, and eventually do unlock again. As said, cutting power alone will not cause the machine to unlock.


If the machine is still not responding, the lights stay on all the time, the dryer panel does not respond to control unlock procedure, and the door does not lock anymore, then it may be a defective control board.

If you are in this situation, before replacing the control board more parts, including the door lock must be tested. In that case the best option may be contacting the Whirlpool support number listed on the Dryer use and care manual, usually in the last pages.

In this case try resetting control lock as explained above, as told the dryer is more likely control locked and then stopped.


Regards.

Ginko.

on Feb 01, 2010 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Whirlpool duet dryer is stuck on control lock mode. Have tried pressing the end of cycle button for several seconds and control lock button stays on....dryer won't run.


This advise is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet front loader washers and dryers with a Control Lock problem.

This may or may not be an indication of a serious problem. In the majority of the cases, this is a simple operator error. Nearly all these model appliances have some sort of Control Lock feature on the front panel now. This is a designed safety feature that is used to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:

Whirlpool Duet Washer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.

Whirlpool Duet Dryer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.

Kenmore Elite Washer - Press and hold the DRAIN/SPIN button for 3 seconds.

Kenmore Elite Dryer - Press and hold the AUTO DRY LEVEL button for 3 seconds.

These instructions may not be all inclusive for all Kenmore and Whirlpool models, but they are the most common. Chances are, if you have a Control Lock feature, the instructions will be printed on the front panel adjacent to the button that is required to lock or unlock the controls.

NOTE: These instructions may also work for newer model Maytag, Hotpoint, Admiral and Fridgidaire model front loaders as well. Refer to your owner's manual or front panel for instructions pertaining to your sepcific model.

If the Control Lock feature will not lock or unlock the appliance, unplugging the unit for AT LEAST 30 minutes is recommended in order to reset the main control board. In many cases this is all that is required to correct momentary glitches.

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Jun 27, 2010 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Whirlpool Duet Dryer Lockout function stuck


This advise is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet front loader washers and dryers with a Control Lock problem.

This may or may not be an indication of a serious problem. In the majority of the cases, this is a simple operator error. Nearly all these model appliances have some sort of Control Lock feature on the front panel now. This is a designed safety feature that is used to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:

Whirlpool Duet Washer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.

Whirlpool Duet Dryer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.

Kenmore Elite Washer - Press and hold the DRAIN/SPIN button for 3 seconds.

Kenmore Elite Dryer - Press and hold the AUTO DRY LEVEL button for 3 seconds.

These instructions may not be all inclusive for all Kenmore and Whirlpool models, but they are the most common. Chances are, if you have a Control Lock feature, the instructions will be printed on the front panel adjacent to the button that is required to lock or unlock the controls.

NOTE: These instructions may also work for newer model Maytag, Hotpoint, Admiral and Fridgidaire model front loaders as well. Refer to your owner's manual or front panel for instructions pertaining to your sepcific model.

If the Control Lock feature will not lock or unlock the appliance, unplugging the unit for AT LEAST 30 minutes is recommended in order to reset the main control board. In many cases this is all that is required to correct momentary glitches.

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

May 06, 2010 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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The control lock light will not go off and the dryer will not work at all, I tried holding the end of cycle button for three seconds, but the light remains on. i have tried unplugging the dryer, but when I...


The control lock light will not go off and the dryer will not work at all, I tried holding the end of cycle button for three seconds, but the light remains on. i have tried unplugging the dryer, but when I plug it back in the control lock light come back on. Whirlpool Duet gew9250plg

Aug 05, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Help! I have a whirlpool frt load dryer it is locked (controls)


You need to press and hold the "End of Cycle Signal" button on this model to lock or unlock the control panel. The instructions should be printed directly below the button.

Jun 30, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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The Dryer says "Control Locked"


Try pressing an holding the "End of Cycle Signal" button on the front panel in for 3 seconds. This button is used to lock/unlock the control panel to keep small children from manipulating the controls when the dryer is not in use. A designed safety feature. If this does not work for you, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

Jun 25, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Whirlpool duet washer dryer, Dryer is stuck on control lock


look to the far right buttons labled control lock, hold it in for 3-5 secs, to unlock

Mar 23, 2009 | Whirlpool ET8CHEXSQ Dryer

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Control lock button is locked on my whirlpool dryer


look to the far right of the control panel there is a button marked " control lock hold for 3 secs", i believe its the far right bottom button.

Dec 01, 2008 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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