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Manage My Life

How do I reset the lock on my Kenmore HE3t washer?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
August 14th, 2009

I have a Kenmore HE3t washer model 110.45966404. I had a load of towel in the washer. During the spin cycle the washer went off balance and before I could reach it the door flew open. Now I can't close it again. It seems that the lock is still engaged. Is there a way of resetting the lock?

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Kenmore , Washers
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Lyle W
Unplug the washer to disconnect electrical power and remove the bottom front service panel as shown in the first image below. Carefully reach up along the front panel of the washer and pull down on the manual release tab that is on the bottom of the door lock assembly until it clicks. This should unlock the washer door.

If the door lock assembly is broken, you may be able to replace it yourself. You can order a new door lock assembly from the

Sears PartsDirect

website. The part number is 8182634.

The procedure for replacing the door lock assembly is provided in the second image below. Be sure that the washer is still unplugged when accessing this component. After replacing the door lock assembly, the challenging part of the repair will be to replace the spring clamp on the boot of the door opening. Start by working in the clamp on the opposite end of the spring and working evenly around both sides. Pull outward on the clamp to expand the spring as you work your way around the opening. Significant force will be needed to work this clamp back onto the washer door opening. I recommend wearing gloves during this procedure.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
by Lyle W
August 14th, 2009
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