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GE Washer WSSH300GWW front loader washer CONTROL LOCK!!

The control locked light is lit and it will not allow me to do anything else. I have pushed OPTION AND SELECT button at the same time to unlock and it is not responding. How do I reset this and how did this happen? Help I need to do laundry!

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  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    there is no water in the washer but the control lock is on ive pushed the option and select button at the same time and nothing happens

  • driscollpaul Nov 09, 2008

    same problem with control light on - have pushed every button and nothing works.

  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    How do I reset the washer? The red lock button will not let me do anything.

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Solution: Hold down the power and delay start button at the same time. In about 3-4 seconds a beep will occur and the red key lock will turn off. I think it is a problem in the machines firmware. I just guessed at what combination of buttons the engineers used to do a firmware reset. In any case it worked for me.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

  • lisatimjohns May 18, 2011

    Yes, it worked but the door has to be open. Thanks you saved me a service fee!

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The red "lock" light indicates a problem in the washer. In most cases, the lint trap needs to be emptied. Make sure the washer is unplugged. On newer models it is behind the small door on the bottom of the washer in the front. On older models you must remove the lower panel to get to it. Newer models have a spout inside that folds down, older ones don't. You'll need a dish about 2" deep to catch water. Slowly unscrew the filter, water will start to trickle out. If the dish fill up, screw the trap back in til the water stops & empty the dish. Repeat until there's no more water. Then completely unscrew the filter & empty. It's also a good idea to wash it with hot water, as it will probably stink. Replace the filter & make sure you don't over tighten (after all, it's just plastic). Keep a rubber mat under the washer during the 1st load, in case it's not tight enough. Close the door or reattach the panel when you're sure it's in properly. When you plug it back in, the red light will probably come back on. I just held the "lock" button, beside the power button for a few seconds. It beeped & the light went out. I did this with the door closed. If it doesn't work on your model, try the other suggestions here for getting rid of the "lock" light. Washer has worked perfectly since cleaning the trap.

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This issue seems to happen from time to time when you unplug and plug this unit back in. If you see a green light next to the "Control Lock" button your lock is active and none of the controls will work.
To unlock the controls hold down "options" and "select" together until the control lock turns off (around 20 seconds). Control Lock light will turn of and the washer will be back to normal.
This is used as a child safety lock if you don't want someone using the washer or kids playing with it. I think it is a defect since it should not activate when you unplug and plug the unit in.

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Is it full of water? if so drain then it should reset. sounds like a frigidaire built machine, so drain pump underneath in middle, without cleanout port. remove hose at tub and check hose and basket if equipped for debris. check pump end. tech sheet at lower front left will tell how to engage pump in diagnostic.

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Control locked is lit up and not allowing me to start another load of laundry. What do I do?


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This advice is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet front loader washers and dryers with a Control Lock problem.

This may or may not be an indication of a serious problem. In the majority of the cases, this is a simple operator error. Nearly all these model appliances have some sort of Control Lock feature on the front panel now. This is a designed safety feature that is used to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:

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Kenmore Elite Dryer - Press and hold the AUTO DRY LEVEL button for 3 seconds.

These instructions may not be all inclusive for all Kenmore and Whirlpool models, but they are the most common. Chances are, if you have a Control Lock feature, the instructions will be printed on the front panel adjacent to the button that is required to lock or unlock the controls.

NOTE: These instructions may also work for newer model Maytag, Hotpoint, Admiral and Frigidaire model front loaders as well. Refer to your owner's manual or front panel for instructions pertaining to your specific model.

If the Control Lock feature will not lock or unlock the appliance, unplugging the unit for AT LEAST 30 minutes is recommended in order to reset the main control board. In many cases this is all that is required to correct momentary glitches.
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This advise is for Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool Duet front loader washers and dryers with a Control Lock problem.

This may or may not be an indication of a serious problem. In the majority of the cases, this is a simple operator error. Nearly all these model appliances have some sort of Control Lock feature on the front panel now. This is a designed safety feature that is used to prevent small children from manipulating the controls. The controls can be easily locked or unlocked by pressing and holding the following button on the front panel:

Whirlpool Duet Washer - Press and hold the END OF CYCLE SIGNAL button for 3 seconds.

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These instructions may not be all inclusive for all Kenmore and Whirlpool models, but they are the most common. Chances are, if you have a Control Lock feature, the instructions will be printed on the front panel adjacent to the button that is required to lock or unlock the controls.

NOTE: These instructions may also work for newer model Maytag, Hotpoint, Admiral and Fridgidaire model front loaders as well. Refer to your owner's manual or front panel for instructions pertaining to your sepcific model.

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Locking controls
The Control Lock prevents unintended use of the washer. You
can also use the control lock feature to prevent unintended cycle
or option changes during a cycle. When CONTROL LOCKED is
lit, all buttons are disabled. You can lock the washer while it is
operating.

To lock the controls
Select and hold END OF CYCLE SIGNAL for 3 seconds.
The CONTROL LOCKED status light glows.

To unlock the controls
Select and hold END OF CYCLE SIGNAL for 3 seconds until the CONTROL LOCKED Status light turns off.

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