The Whirlpool Duet Front-Loading Automatic Washer has a feature that automatically locks the door throughout the majority of the cycle. This feature is useful, as it keeps you from opening the door of a washer that is full of soap and water, which can lead to a huge mess on your floor. From time to time, however, you may need to find a way around this feature. It is possible to unlock the door of your washing machine without waiting until the cycle has completed.
Check to see if the "Add A Garment" light is lit on the control panel of your Whirlpool Duet Front-Loading Washer. If it is, press the "Pause/Cancel" button to unlock the door. Once the door is closed again, press "Start" to resume the load.
Touch the "Pause/Cancel" button twice if the "Add A Garment" light is not lit. This will cancel the cycle in progress.
Wait for the washer to drain. The door will unlock automatically once the water level is low enough for the door to be opened.