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Sounds like a sticky or broken lid switch. Over time, detergent and dirt can settle in and around the switch, causing it to stick or disabling it altogether. Try pushing the switch in manually to see if the door open warning goes out.
Make sure the door is properly closed!!! The door opener is electric, and the electrics are turned off unless the door is properly closed, hence with the door closed but not fully "home" you will neither be able to re-open the door nor wash what is in the machine. Just give the door a firm push closed and it should spring to life.
Neptune washing machine displays error codes, also called "help codes,"
to identify specific problems with your washer. Once you close your
Maytag Neptune's door, the machine locks the door, goes through the
selected wash cycles and unlocks the door when the laundry is finished.
Error codes appear when there are problems with the door, the inflow and
drainage of water and the motor.
Your Maytag Neptune washer displays the "do" help code when the washing machine
is trying to start a cycle, but the door is open or not locked
properly. If this message is displayed, close the door securely and
restart the washing cycle.
The "FL" code indicates that the washing machine was unable to
lock the door after you closed it. Open and close the door tightly, then
restart the washing cycle.
The "Sd" code indicates that you have added too much detergent to
the washing machine and your laundry has too many suds. The machine
will stop displaying this code if it has successfully run the suds
recovery cycle, which removes the excess suds from the wash load. If the
code remains, reduce the amount of detergent in the load. Use less
detergent for similar loads of laundry in the future.
The "PF" code indicates that a power failure has occurred.
Restart the wash cycle. If the code still appears, check that the
washing machine is still plugged in to the electrical outlet.
The "nd" code indicates that your Maytag Neptune is not draining
as it should. Check that the drain hose isn't kinked and that the stand
pipe isn't clogged. If you find either of these problems, fix them
before restarting the washing cycle.
The "LO" code appears when the washing machine has finished the
selected wash cycle, but cannot unlock the door. Verify that the door is
closed properly, push the "Off" button, and wait two minutes. The door
should unlock and the error code will disappear. If the error code
remains, unplug the washing machine, wait two minutes and plug it back
into the electrical outlet.
The "Lr" code indicates that the washing machine's motor is not
running as it should. Have your Maytag Neptune washing machine serviced
by a certified Maytag repair professional.
There is disclosed a method of controlling an automatic door
opening/closing apparatus for a washing machine that includes the steps
of determining whether or not there is an error in an automatic door
opening or closing operation carried out in response to a command to
open or close the washing machine's door; determining if the erroneous
operation has been repeated more than a predetermined number of times
according to consecutive incoming commands to open or close the door;
and when erroneous operation has repeated more than the predetermined
number of times, ignoring a subsequent command to open or close the
1. A method of controlling an automatic door opening/closing apparatus
for a washing machine door, the method comprising the steps of:
determining whether or not there is an error in an automatic door
opening or closing operation which operation is carried out in response
to a command to open or close the washing machine door;
determining if the erroneous operation is repeated more than a
predetermined number of times according to consecutive incoming
commands to open or close the washing machine door; and in the
event that the erroneous operation is repeated more than the
predetermined number of times, ignoring a subsequent command to open or
close the washing machine door.
2. A method as set forth in claim 1, further comprising the step of: returning the door to the washing machine to an original position in the event that the error occurs.
3. A method as set forth in claim 1, wherein the step of determining if
there is an error in an automatic door opening or closing operation is
performed on the basis of whether or not an inversion occurs in an
open/closed state of the door within a prescribed period of time after
an automatic door opening or closing operation is initiated.
4. A method as set forth in claim 1, further comprising the step of:
clearing the number of errors in the case where the door of the washing
machine has been opened or closed manually at the time of occurrence of
5. A method as set forth in claim 1, wherein said predetermined number is 3.
6. A method for controlling the operation of an automatic door
mechanism in a washing machine, said method comprising the steps of: sensing a command to automatically open or close a washing machine door;
sensing whether a failure occurs in opening or closing the door in
response to the command to automatically open or close the door; incrementing a counter indicating the failure; determining whether the counter is equal to a predetermined number; and
failing to engage the automatic door mechanism in response to a
subsequent a command to automatically open or close the door if the
counter exceeds the predetermined number.
7. The method claimed in claim 6, further comprising the step of: returning the door to an original position if a failure is detected.
8. The method claimed in claim 6, wherein failure is indicated by a
lack of a transition between a door open state and a door closed state
within a predetermined time period following entry of the command to
automatically open or close the door.
9. The method claimed in claim 6, further comprising the step of: clearing the counter if the door is opened or closed manually following a failure indication.