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The washing machine door will NOT open. it seems to be locked or jammed. any ideas???

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If the water did not drain then most front load washer will not release the door latch.

It could also be a bad latch or the control board is not sending power to release it.

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The first thing to check is - does the washing machine still have water inside? If there is obviously still water inside the machine then this is possibly the cause of the door not opening. Drain the machine.

Can't see any water inside

If you can't see any water inside then it may be caused by various faults listed below. Here's a list of the most common causes of a jammed door -
  1. On some machines if the pressure switch doesn't reset to empty it keeps the door lock energized. If this is the case though, unplugging it should allow the door lock to cool down and open after a few minutes.
  2. The water hasn't pumped out properly (or a blockage in the pressure system is holding the pressure switch on) - but only if the washing machine has a pneumatic (air operated) door safety lock (a rubber hose connected to the door interlock and connected to a pressure chamber bottle on the tub - water forces air up this tube and locks the door)
  3. The water has pumped out properly, but the pressure switch hasn't reset due to a faulty pressure switch or blockage in the pressure system - or the water hasn't pumped out properly and the pressure switch hasn't reset because of the water inside. A faulty pressure switch, or blockage of debris inside the pressure chamber bottle could also be trapping the air that's operating the door lock (if a pneumatic lock is fitted - not many have these days).
  4. The door interlock has just jammed
  5. The door catch, handle, or some part of the door catch mechanism is broken and not opening the door
  6. ****** (a device that detects the motion of the drive belt fitted to many older Hotpoint washing machines which "pecks" at the belt when the door handle or button is operated) is broken or has fallen off
Opening a jammed door Do not take the lid off and reach inside the washing machine to try and release the door if the washing machine is still plugged in as you will be electrocuted.
The most common cause of a jammed door is likely to be a faulty door interlock. Sometimes you can release the door from the inside by manipulating the door interlock or forcing the door catch out from it. But they sometimes just have to be broken away from the machine. If you need to do this make sure you -
  1. Unplug it
  2. Break the interlock off from inside the machine, don't force the door or you will just break more parts

Jul 03, 2016 | Hotpoint Washing Machines

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The door is jammed and wont open after washing.

Please follow this link. It is a short video for a Hotpoint washer, but the idea is the same. Thank you! Opening locked washing machine door

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Error code E07 on my Hoover WDYN 854 DB results in me not being able to open door after a wash cycle any ideas how to open door

Switch off and for Door lock fault or Motor fault .
Check both are ok and make sure nothing is jammed or restricting the operation as it is according to which main board is fitted to the machine.

Feb 02, 2015 | Hoover Washing Machines

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GLTF1240ASO Front Door Won't Lock/Close

Most probably your door lock is damaged. You are not supposed to force it open, you have to wait for at least 2 minutes (or till the lock sign is off) after the wash is over to open the door, never force it.
You can just google your model number and search for parts to obtain it. It is quite possible you can change it yourself. See that the line is disconnected from the mains.

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My servis m6011 5kg washing machine door won't

Possible that the door lock has jammed and so is not working.please check this link: door lock

Jul 03, 2012 | Washing Machines

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Wd63 door

The main cause with this model is water still in machine. Try a spin and look for water in drum. To empty manually lower drain hose into bowl untill empty. Door should then open.

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On a Bosch wfmc3200uc there is a green plastic string, similar to fishing line, located behind the round panel on the front of the machine. It is attached to the top right of the round black piece. Just give a slight tug this will release the lock.

Oct 05, 2008 | Washing Machines

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Door jam!

Probably you need a new doorlock. I really dont have a good answer how to open the door with this problem.

Jan 24, 2008 | Electrolux EW1000i Front Load Washer

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Door won't open and no error lights

sounds like the door interlock is manfunctioning.

Jan 19, 2008 | Zanussi FJS1225W Front Load Washer

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I'm afraid I don't have a solution, just the same problem. Exactly this has just happened to me and I don't know what to do. Calling out an engineer will be too expensive and in the mean time, I can't do any washing. Have you had any success yet?

Jun 30, 2006 | Zanussi FJS1225W Front Load Washer

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