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Door lock stuck

The door opened during a cycle, now the lock mechanism will not release. I tried unlocking the door by holding the door switch and starting a cycle and then pausing it but the actual mechanism appears stuck.

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  • Ivan van Heerden Feb 26, 2007

    I solved the problem. You have to remove the entire lock mechanism, disassemble it and reset the lock mechanism manually.



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If the mechanism is jammed, you might have to remove or loosen the entire front panel to reach back to the back side of the lock and work on it.

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