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Whirlppool front loading washer won't start, code FdL, door can be opened

I was hoping to find out what I can do to get my washer working? It will not start and comes up with a code FdL. I read the previous response but my door can be opened. I've restarted it all and it still won't work and comes up with the FdL code. I hear clicking but nothing happens.

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"Fdl" is a door latch FAILURE error code. What the error is telling you is that something is malfunctioning with the electronic door latch and/or interconnecting wire or Central Control Unit. It is recommended that you check the wiring harness connected to the door latch or, replace the door latch. The following link explains how:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r587965-door_latch_replacement_fdl_error

If you have any questions or concerns please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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