I believe the DRAIN/SPIN button on the Kenmore Elite HE3 will clear a locked control panel if you hold the button in for 3 seconds. This is actually a safety feature to keep small children from playing with the buttons and allows the consumer to lock the control panel. I hope that's all the problem you have and that it is not a control panel failure. Let me know if this helps. PS The matching Kenmore Elite Dryer uses the AUTO DRY LEVEL button for the same feature.
FYI after I used the tip above to get the panel unlocked on my mine, I took the lower panel off to figure out the draining problem. If you unscrew the large white cover (about 3'4" opens by hand) in the lower center you will get access to the pre-pump screen. BEWARE: you may get a bunch of water if yours is backed up. In there a found one baby sock and looking up the drain tube I found another. Now works good as new.
Did not work for me. what about unplugging it -- will it reset?
I have encountered the same problem and now I can use my washer again. Yay!!
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