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Kenmore My Kenmore HE4t washer is locked!  while reaching to get something, I accidentally press a button and do not know how to unlock the washer. I cannot press any buttons to make it work the locked button is on and does not allow me to do anything.  I am trying to locate the manual but hope you can help me sooner...

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  • Anonymous Sep 16, 2008

    my washer is locked and won't open. now what??/

  • martgr Sep 22, 2008

    I don't know if it is the same model, but it is with a Kenmore Elite HE4T that I bought from a friend.



    I was trying to drain/spin some clothes and probably pressed it for 3 seconds. Now the controls are locked and I can't unlock them. I press the Drain/spin for 3 seconds which is supposed to unlock the controls, but it doesn't. I have unplugged the dryer trying to wipe the memory clean--no change. Now what?

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