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"control locked" light is on washer

The "control locked" light was on my washer when I started to do a laundry and wont allow me to do anything...

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The Control Lock is a safety feature that allows the consumer to lock the control panel to prevent small children from manipulating the controls and accidentally starting the appliance. This can usually be reset and does not require a technician.

With the lock on, the control panel is disabled and you cannot use any of the controls, except the button to unlock it. It can inadvertently be set following a power outage, leaning against the control panel, or pressing and holding the wrong button. This is usually not an indication of a malfunction.

If this is a Whirlpool manufactured appliance (such as Kenmore Elite or Whirlpool Duet), the following link explains how to lock/unlock this feature:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3608801-control_panel_lock


These instructions are also printed on the front panel of the appliance and in the owner's manual.

If this does not correct your problem, then you may have a more serious problem than a simple operator control button issue (such as an operator console problem or main control board issue). Please post back and let me know if you need further assistance.

Posted on May 16, 2010

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SOURCE: Kenmore Elite HE4t Washer - "Control Locked"

I followed dpgord suggestion and held down the "Drain & Spin button" for a few seconds and it fixed it.

Thanks, you probably saved me the cost of dinner in a nice restaurant. Who knows, with today's prices you may have saved me air fare to Hawaii.

Posted on May 22, 2008

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