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How do I remove the Control Locked light which prevents starting

How do I remove the Control Locked light which prevents starting

After the power returned from the hurrican, the Control Locked light was on. Tried everything to remove or override but nothing worked. What can I do short of calling a repair man?


"Howard Lowitt, hope everything else is okay after the hurricane. Anyhow, try this first. Select and hold END OF CYCLE SIGNAL for 3 seconds until the CONTROL LOCKED Status light turns off. If that does not do it, try putting the machine into diagnostic mode.


The washer must be empty and the control must be in the OFF state before pressing the touch-pad sequence to start the test.

Starting the Test Mode

■ Close the door.

■ Push CONTROL/ON (if present on this model).

■ Select the DRAIN/SPIN cycle.

■ Select NO SPIN by pressing the SPIN SPEED touch-pad.

■ Push PREWASH OPTION four times within five seconds. (If PREWASH OPTION is not present on this model, press EXTRA RINSE four times within five seconds.) C:00 will light up on the display.

If the Starting procedure fails, push the PAUSE/CANCEL touch-pad, then repeat the starting procedure.

Test Program Control

In order to advance to the next step of the test procedure, push PREWASH OPTION touch-pad two times. If PREWASH OPTION is not present on this model, press EXTRA RINSE two times.

If that does not work, or if if it won't enter diagnostic mode, then you may need to replace the main control board. You can get the service manual from here. You can also find plenty of information on here and here as well. Hope this helps, good luck. Stay safe...."

Mine was the "Drain/Spin" button and the "Start" button at the same time.

Press and hold the drain/spin cycle button for 4 seconds should do the trick

Had mice enter the control panel and fray the wires. After making the repairs, the control lock light was on and no suggestions here would fix. Holding the spin speed button and end of cycle signal button for 4 seconds worked however!

"On my front loader I had to press and hold the control lock button until it beeped then the LOC light popped off

Update (09/24/2016)

I held down the ""control Lock"" button on my front loader until it beeped. A few seconds then the LOC error popped off. It happens a lot when I accidentally lean or touch the front of the machine which happens with almost no intent. Plays the on/off tune then powers on or off. This is a design flaw if you ask me."

I tried everything to get the control lock off on my whirlpool duet washer need help bad. I unplugged it for 15 minutes to reset it and still nothing.

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