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Door won't open on Samsung washer

I got the ND warning light with a full load of clothes in the washer and now the door won't open. Help? How do you override the door lock?

Thank you SAMSUNG WF206ANS FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINE

ND ERROR CODE IS SHOWING.
DOOR IS LOCKED AND WILL NOT OPEN.
DRAIN HOSE IS CLEAR CAN NOT FIND MANUAL OR THE MANUAL DRAIN AREA?
PLEASE HELP?

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  • xiyanghong Sep 24, 2008

    we just bought Samsung front loader washer 2 week ago. last weekend, the door won't open after the cycle done. all of our laudry still in the washer.please help if you know how to re-set the door locker

  • dsc2933 Apr 11, 2009

    avidlay number 3 has the solution. i've had something lodged in the pump both times i've been locked out of my samsung wf337aal front-loader. twice in the last 60 days. It's a design flaw not to have a filter before the water reaches the pump. Later models have a filter and accessible cleanout,but this model doesn't. This model needs a recall because it doesn't work unless you run your clothes through a metal detector before you wash and even then, a stiff plastic piece could do the same thing. The fix is relatively easy, but be careful to keep the pump outlet o ring on right when you reattach the outlet hose. If the o ring gets twisted when you put on the hose, it will leak. Good luck!

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This has happened to me twice. Both times I found the drain pump seized up with
1st time) The right rim from a pair of reading glasses
2nd time) A plastic toothpick
Both times the object was in the discharge port of the pump. You can see this by lifting the check valve with the pump removed. Removing the pump is simple. Unplug the washer. You have to remove the drain line from where its attached to the rear of the machine (one screw) to remove the rear access panel which slides into upper and lower slots. You will see the pump with an inlet and discharge line attached. The lines have simple squeeze clamps. When you remove the lines, you will drain the wash basin so have towels and a squeegie handy. Remove both lines and wait until the basin drains. When it stops draining remove the pumps electrical connector by squeezing the release catch on it while pulling it. The connector can only go on one way. Remove the 3 hold-down bolts on the pump baseplate. Remove the pump and lift open the discharge check valve and you'll find something there I guarantee it. Remove with needle nose pliers and re-assemble in reverse order.
This is actually a good design because the computer protects the pump by sensing a higher than normal current draw when foreign debris gets jammed in it. It will trigger the ND (No Drain) code and sometimes lock the door. Always check this first before you call the expensive repair man. If its not a jammed pump it will most likely be the control panel/processor. Good luck and always clean out pockets before loading the washer to prevent this,

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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  • skw333 Sep 10, 2010

    9/9/2010 We just went though this whole process with the 'nd' no drain issue. We followed the directions and it worked to the tee! an old rusted half hair pin! But be prepared for a flood of water, depending on how much is left in your washer. Now doing a fresh load of wash! Thank you VERY much!

  • tygger777 Sep 15, 2010

    You Avidlay are THE repair guy/gal of ALL repair guys/gals.

    Your "guarantee" was right on. It was one of those plastic pieces that holds the twist in the plastic bread bag. HOW it got in there? Well, we have a 5,4,and 3 year old. You guess. BUT THANK YOU MILLIONS for this information.

  • 1tireddaddy Dec 07, 2010

    My wife was on the phone to the warranty line (recorded of course) and with a screw gun and a 1/2" wrench I had the washer fixed before she got through to a real person. I didnt have the water water on the floor problem though because I threaded the drain hose through the rear panel and drained the washer into a bucket. Thanks for the tip

  • pedfordtrees Dec 12, 2010

    Hey bud thanks a million for your info it was right on time your the best keep up the great work man.

  • akimbo Jan 28, 2011

    Yay avidlay! and all the other users who posted this solution. Worked perfectly, except I couldn't get the discharge hose very far out of the rear panel so I had a bit of a flood trying to get the water into the bucket. I have my machine on my concrete basement floor, and my husband caught most of it with towels so no harm. Some went into the pedestal drawer as well but not too hard to clean up. I also did not disconnect the pump, just pulled off the hoses and found the culprit in the pump's intake--a plastic collar stay, which I was able to pull out by hand. Took no time at all to reassemble and worked like a charm! Thank you!

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    Alicia Sweeney Aug 26, 2013

    This was fantastic info, after sitting on the Samsung help line for 1 hour and they told me there was nothing I could do but pay to have a technician in - I decided to check on line for help and this was the most thorough and helpful answer and within a hour my machine is back to normal!!!!!!!

  • Alicia Sweeney
    Alicia Sweeney Aug 26, 2013

    Thank you so much!!!!

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A common problem with front loader is that the handle mechanism can simply break, with your clothes still inside. To open the door on a Samsung you can use coathanger wire, create a hook with it, slide it in between handle and frame. Hook the metal lock mechanism - you should be able to see it - and pull it back. That will open the door. If you wanted to you could then remove the door from the washing machine, and take it in to a repair shop to get fixed - much cheaper than a callout.

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I had the "nd" error code, and the door was locked. avidlay's solution helped a lot, but I'll share what I did differently. My washer is a Samsung WF316BAW/XAA, and I have it on a pedestal. I first disconnected power from the wall outlet. Then removed the rear panel, two screws. Unlike avidlay, I left the pump in place, and did not disconnect any of the interior electrical connections. Because my washer is up off the ground I was able to drain most of the water out by carefully feeding the discharge tube back thru the back panel and then out the rear access hole and into a bucket. (This would probably work fairly well with a shallow pan if your washer is on the floor.) One screw holds the discharge tube to the back of the washer. I used a small bucket, took 3 trips, replacing the tube in the wall drain when dumping the bucket. Then carefully placed paper towels and sponges under the pump discharge tube and slowly drained more water by just slightly loosening the tube, letting some water out, and then re-securing the tube to stop the flow, and squeezing the water out of the sponges and towels. This took quite a while, but I was patient and hardly any water went where I didn't want it. Eventually I was able to completely remove the discharge tube. I checked and the pump's discharge outlet was clear. I then repeated the paper towel and sponge drain procedure for the pump inlet tube. Finally removed the inlet tube and found the problem: a straightened out paper clip that had lodged in the pump. Pulled that out, put everything back together, and so far it looks like the washer works fine. Thanks again to avidlay.

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Mine does this all the time. After waiting a couple of mins after cycle finishes (when it unlocks - mine beeps) give the door a hard push to free it - sometimes a very hard push is needed.
Failing that turn machine on - push door in again, set a drain cycle and try again when it finishes

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THANK YOU avidlay: this worked and the amount of detail provided made it possible for anyone to do. I got lucky and never had to remove the pump, the blockage was in the inlet line. made my husband proud

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Solution #1 was the answer for us. The only thing was that we didn't see anything in the check valve so figure whatever it was came out when the water drained. Anyway thanks. You saved us a lot of money.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

  • zedt Apr 05, 2009

    We had the same problem and the solution to remove and drain the pump worked for us. We didnt' see anything in the check valve, but figure whatever it was came out when the water drained. Thanks for the solution. It saved us a lot of money and agrivation.

  • lesmith269 Jan 27, 2011

    How I love the net! Our Samsung front loader locked up this morning and did nothing but hum when it was started. We tilted the machine toward us and the lock went off and then took the back off the machine and pulled the drain hoses out of the pump. Water went everywhere and we never did find a culprit that caused the problem, but the machine is working perfectly.
    Thank you for everyone's help!

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I have samsung washing machine P1453, givs error dE mean door is open. I changed door lock. Still problem is there. Can any one help me.

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Solution #1 is the answer. I've had something lodged in the pump both times i've been locked out of my samsung wf337aal front-loader. Twice in the last 60 days. It's a design flaw not to have a filter before the water reaches the pump. Later models have a filter and accessible cleanout,but this model doesn't. This model needs a recall because it doesn't work unless you run your clothes through a metal detector before you wash and even then, a stiff plastic piece could do the same thing. The fix is relatively easy, but be careful to keep the pump outlet o ring on right when you reattach the outlet hose. If the o ring gets twisted when you put on the hose, it will leak. Good luck!

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