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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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There is a button on the control panel with a marking under it that says "Press and hold for 3 seconds to lock/unlock control". Look for the said button then press and hold it for 3 seconds or until the control lock light turns off. The button is usually the Auto Dry Level button for Kenmore Elite dryers and the Drain/Spin button for Kenmore Elite Washer. Whirlpool Duet Washers and Dryers use the End of Cycle Button to lock and unlock the control.

Sometimes the problem is due to an electronic glitch and unplugging the machine for at least 30 minutes may solve the problem. But if the control cannot be unlocked by pressing and holding the button specified above or by unplugging the machine, the control panel electronics may need to be replaced.

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