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Control locked light is on. We unplugged it but the light is still on. It says to press and hold for 3 seconds but that did not work either. Now what do we do to get the wash to work?

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    same problem, the control lock light is on and we can not get it off. Tried unplugging. Still goes back on and washer will not operate. Help!!

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Try unplugging then hold power button down for 10 secs or so with power removed this may help reset the control bd may even try holding lock button down longer than 3 secs i usually hold until light goes out

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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.

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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