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I paused the wash cycle to add a garment. I can't get it to start again. I can open the door and the light is blinking, but it will not restart.

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  1. I had the exact same problem. Just fixed it. If there are no error codes (F xx, showing on the display) then it's probaly the door closed sensor. At least that's what mine was with same problem. Most likely, it's simply the connector to the sensor that's shaken loose. The unit thinks the door is not closed and will not do anything including trying to lock the door (the latching you hear when first starting a load). slide the washer out so you can get to the rear. Might have to disconnect all the hoses and power, which for me was the hardest thing of all since it's in a cabinet. Anyway, remove the back metal panel by removing about 12 Torx screws and the four plastic slide latches. then remove the top (just three more torx screw on the back that hold the top in place. looking from the inside of the unit down by where the door normally latches there are several electrical connectors (don't forget to unplug the power). one or more of these is probably loose. Mine was the top one. That's it. Note also, there's a pamplet inside with lot's of troubleshooting information. It's taped to the right side panel inside. I'd take it out so you can refer to it later, if needed. why they don't put it in with the owner's manual, i have no idea. It's written for the consumer, though it does have a simple schematic that might be helpful.

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