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#1 KurbyMstr

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:38 PM

I'm working on a Kenmore 417.42142100 (Frigidaire) frontload washer.  While troubleshooting the control board in the back one my test leads made contact with the body and I saw an early firework show ( Didn't trip the breaker or melt my lead, completely).  Unfortunately it locked the door and is remaining this way.  I drained the water out manually.  My question is this....How do get the door open on this washer.  I know the door latch must be toast, but how do I do it without breaking the entire door?  Thanks for the help.



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:46 PM

have you tried unplugging the Power Cord from the Wall Outlet and then waiting a few minutes ?


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#3 KurbyMstr

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:57 PM

I tried that Reg, left it off for at least five minutes and it remained locked.



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:57 AM

Had a Whirlpool do that 2 days ago. Short story try turning it on and then press start,then pause it right away then cancel. That worked for me. Best of luck.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 07:07 PM

I was finally able to get back to this washer today.  It hadn't been plugged in for the last two weeks.  I pulled on the door and found.....still locked.  I ended up removing the lower panel, disconnected the wiring and started breaking the door latch.  After I broke enough off I was able to open the door.  It looked like the plate that the solenoid pulls forward to lock the door had become welded to the solenoid itself.  Glad it was a model with a kick panel to remove.  






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