The door to my WFMC3200 is open, but the latch is closed, so I can't close the door. I followed another post on this site, pulling on the latch, holding the door lin in to fool washer into starting, but when I stopped the washer, even though I heard the latch "unlock" as it normally does, the latch bar remain in the way. I've looked inside the service door at the bottom right and there is a wire with a loop on the bottom. Is this a release wire for the latch? I had a tech out this week for same problem and he temporarily fixed it, but latch felt more resistant afterwards.
any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Door Open, Door Latch Locked
Yes that loop is the release. if you pull push it and its stiff , spray some wd 40 in the unit . its likely binding against the plastics. so just spray away and wait a few mins. many folks says lubing it is a fix.
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Most likely solution: The door latch assembly. When the door closes, the internal latch electronics must "sense" that the door is closed, but sometimes doesn't. When it correctly senses a closed door, it "locks" the door (electronically) and the door can't be opened until the machine has been OFF for about 100 secs. If the door doesn't "lock" when closed, it's just not sensing that it's closed. Solution: Close the door a bit more forcefully. I've seen cases where the door would need to be closed pretty hard, 3-4 times before it "locked". Once it senses the door is closed, and locks, the machine operates normally. The latch assy can be replaced, but often develops the same problem, eventually. Slamming the door won't hurt it.
Grounding in a 120vac environment usually will cause a big spark and pop the circuit breaker. There is a possibility the latch is like a car door latch. If it somehow gets moved to the shut or latched position when the car door is open, it will never close and latch . The latch must be returned to it's normal door open position so that when closed it will latch securely.
Your machine's latch may be blocked by something acting like the car door latch described above. It may be the switch has broken and is the "culprit".
The FL code indicates that the door failed to lock when you closed it. Try opening and closing the washer door again. Make sure that there is nothing in the door area that could block the latch or keep the door ajar. If the error recurs, the latch may be faulty.
If the door is actually locked and giving the FL code, the latch has a problem. You can try power-cycling the washer (unplug for a while) or setting the washer to pump the water out. If these steps don't help, you need to order a replacement latch assembly. Depending on your washer model, you may have a manual pull cord to unlock the door. Look under the bleach and fabric softener compartments after opening the dispenser..
I hope this helps. If your washer is under warranty, contact Maytag. Otherwise post a comment with the model number of your machine for a source for a replacement latch assembly.
Malbers use a thermal (heat acting) latch to hold the door closed, so it stays latched for about 2 mins after being turned off. This is to give you time to think before you open the door and possibly spill water all over your feet. When the little bi-metallic piece cools off, it bends to one side (inside the latch assy) releasing the catch, and the door can be opened. Sometimes, the bi-metallic part bends OK, but the latch catches and won\'t release. It just needs a little vibration to free it up. A smack to the latch area (on door or face of Washer) will free the latch.
I tell my customers: Don\'t pull too hard on the white door handle. If you can\'t open it with your little finger (seriously) it\'s not ready to open!
it sounds like the child lock as been turned on,check the handle part to see if it as a **** in it were you can turn it with a screwdriver just turn this upwards or sidewards to see if the door will lock or open ?.rgrds,paul
The first thing to try is to hold the cancel button for 15 seconds. The more labor intensive solution is this: Remove the panel beneath the door (2 or 3 screws). Reach up, there is a
little "ring" beneath the door lock. Pull this down, it releases the
I just posted a solution for you on your previous post. I understand that your door will not close. The door latch has probably been damaged. You can try locating the manual release on the door latch assembly and pulling it to see if it resets the latch. Follow this link to see how:
If it doesn't reset, you will need to replace it. Use the link I provided to you previously for the instructions on replacing the door latch. A replacement latch costs approx. $43 and can be repaired by YOU. It's not a difficult repair job at all. You can save quite a bit if you read the instructions I have posted and do this yourself. Don't get discouraged, if you need help I can guide you.