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The control lock is stuck on - the light is on

I have a Kenmore Elite HE 4t front-loading washer. The control lock is stuck on. I have tried unplugging it, pushing the Pause/Cancel button twice and every other button but the controls really are locked. What can I do?

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  • kcorash Jun 06, 2010

    Thank you! Pressing and holding the drain and spin button worked. Unplugging it, even over night, did nothing.

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Press and hold the Drain & Spin button for 3 seconds or until the Door Locked light turns off. If it doesn't work, do the same to the End of Cycle Signal button. You don't have to accept or reject and rate this post to add information or post your comments and follow-up questions.

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    Jahn27 Jun 06, 2010

    Unplug the washer for at least an hour should all else fails.

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