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    How to Open a Washing Machine Door Stuck Closed

    If you cannot open your washing machine door it may be due to a broken handle or a stuck lock. Here we explain a way that might enable you to open the door and remove the washing before repairing the problem.

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    Video Transcript: How to Open a Washing Machine Door Stuck Closed


    IMPORTANT: BEFORE REPLACING A PART IN ANY ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE, YOU MUST ENSURE THAT THE APPLIANCE IS FIRST UNPLUGGED FROM THE MAINS.

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    This video will show you how to open a washing machine door stuck closed.

    If the door on your washing machine won't open, the most likely cause is a broken handle, but it could also be due to a jammed lock. If the handle is loose this may indicate it's broken and this method can enable you to open the door manually. Bear in mind this isn't applicable to all machines.

    Start by removing the top panel from the machine in order to gain access to the door lock inside. Look at the direction the handle moves to determine how the catch opens - a handle that moves outwards pushes the catch inwards, and vice versa.

    Look closely at the lock and you should see a metallic tip in the centre - this is the door catch and needs to be released. Using a flathead screwdriver, firmly push the tip in the correct direction to release the catch and open the door.

    If the handle isn't broken, the problem may be a jammed lock. Most machines use a thermal lock which opens two minutes after the machine finishes a cycle. Unplug the machine, and then wait five minutes before trying again. If the door still won't open, firmly strike the area where the catch is as this may help to release it, if the problem is recurring, replace the lock.

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    Use a washing machine cleaner to remove mould, bacteria and stop smells from building up

    * All information provided is a guide only. BuySpares accepts no liability for any problems occurred while attempting any advice shown. If in any doubt contact a qualified repair service.