How to Manually Unlock a Kenmore Front Load Washing Machine

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Manually unlock the Kenmore washer to add or remove clothing.

The Kenmore front-loading automatic washer automatically locks when a wash cycle is currently in progress and prevents accidental opening of the washer's door until the cycle is finished. Manually unlocking the washer is necessary if you need to cancel the cycle, remove clothing or add clothing to the wash after you start the washing cycle. The washer remains paused until the cleaning cycle is restarted or canceled and is controlled using the washer's control panel.


Step 1

Touch "Control Lock" for five seconds until "CL" disappears from the washer's display to unlock the control panel.

Step 2

Press "Start/Pause" to manually pause the cleaning cycle. Push "Power" three times and press "Spin Speed" if the washer is filled with water. The cycle drains from the washer's drum and enables you to safely open the door. The washer will not unlock if the washer is filled with water, as water would spill out of the machine.

Step 3

Pull the door's handle to open the door and add or remove the clothing from the washer.


Step 4

Shut the washer door and turn the cycle knob to choose the type of cleaning cycle. Push "Wash/Rinse" to select the temperature and press "Spin Speed" to select the spin cycle level.

Step 5

Push "Start/Pause" to begin the cleaning cycle.



Mario Calhoun

A Chicago-based writer, Mario Calhoun has been writing professionally since 2007, with work appearing in local publications such as "Mint Magazine" and "Echo Magazine," Columbia College Chicago's student magazine. Calhoun currently works at Murder Mystery Maniacs, an event planning company. Calhoun graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in magazine journalism.