How To Unlock An LG Washing Machine [A Guide]

If you would like to learn how to unlock an LG washing machine, you’ve come to the right place. In this detailed guide, we’ll be showing you how to do just that.

So, without further ado, let’s get right to it..

How To Unlock An LG Washing Machine Door — Solution

The door of your LG Is supposed to unlock automatically after running a cycle. However, there are a few things that may delay or completely stop the unlock process; here they are…

1.Washer Is Too Hot

If the temperature of your washing machine is too high, the washer won’t unlock until it is cool enough for you to take your clothes out. This tends to occur whenever you do a boil wash. All you really need to do is wait for an hour or so. The machine will unlock by itself.

2.Washer Hasn’t Drained

Another thing that can prevent your washing machine door from opening is if water is still in the drum. To prevent water leakage, many washing machine’s won’t allow you to open the doors unless the water has drained out.

Here’s what you need to do if your washing machine isn’t draining…

LG Washing Machine Not Draining — Front Loaders

Do the following if your LG front loader washing machine is not draining…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply.

Step 2. Places some old towels or rags on the ground in front of your washing machine.

Step 3. Flip open the little panel in front of your washer at the bottom.

Step 4. Under the panel, you will find a capped hose. Pull the hose out a few inches.

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Step 5. Place a container under the hose.

Step 6. Pull the hose’s cap off and drain out any water that may be stuck in the washer’s drum.

Step 7. Once all the water has drained out, put the hose’s cap back on and push the hose back in place.

Step 8. Turn the knob beside the hose counterclockwise and pull it out (this is known as the drain pump filter).

Step 9. Take the drain pump filter to a sink and clear out any lint or debris that may have accumulated in it.

Step 10. Rinse the filter thoroughly under a tap.

Step 11. Once the drain pump filter is clean, put it back in place and turn it clockwise to lock it.

Step 12. Put the panel back on.

Step 13. Go to the back of your washing machine.

Step 14. Inspect the drain hose at the back of your washer for any bends or kinks and straighten as needed. A bent or kinked hose can end up restricting water flow.

Step 15. Ensure that the drain hose isn’t inserted more than eight inches into your home drain. It also should not be inserted less than six inches. This will help ensure that flows out of the washing machine without any issues.

Step 16. Turn on your washing machine’s power and water supply.

Step 17. Run a wash cycle to see if the issue has been resolved.

LG Washing Machine Not Draining — Top Loaders

Do the following if your LG front loader washing machine isn’t draining water…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid electrocution or water leakage.

Step 2. Open the lid of your washing machine.

Step 3. The debris filter is mounted inside the washer’s drum. Take the filter out by pressing the tab above it and pulling it out of the washer.

Step 4. Flip open the cover on the debris filter and clean out any dirt in it using a soft brush.

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Step 5. Rinse the filter thoroughly by running some tap water over it.

Step 6. Once the filter is clean, put the cap back on and pop it back in place inside the washer’s drum.

Step 7. Go to the back of your washing machine.

Step 8. Inspect the drain hose for any bends and straighten as needed. If the hose is kinked, could end up restricting water flow.

Step 9. Ensure that the drain hose isn’t inserted more than eight inches into your home drain. It also shouldn’t be inserted less than six inches. This will help ensure that water flows out of the washer freely.

Step 10. Turn on your washing machine’s water and power supply.

Step 11. Run a wash cycle to see if the issue has been resolved.

3.Defective Door Lock

Sometimes the door lock of a washing machine may get defective in the middle of a wash cycle. As a result you can’t open the door of the washer. To fix this issue, you’ll need to replace the door lock assembly. Fortunately, there’s a little trick you can use to force your washer’s door to open. Here’s how to do this…

Step 1. Get some garden wire or some fishing line.

Step 2. Run the wire around the door and firmly pull the two ends of the wire towards your left (away from the door lock). This should manually force the door lock to open.

Once you’ve managed to get the washer’s door open, you’ll need to replace the door lock assembly. Here’s how to do this…

Step 1. Turn off your washing machine’s water and power supply to avoid water leakage and electrocution.

Step 2. Open the door of your washing machine.

Step 3. There is a metal retaining band around the gray door seal. You’ll need to take the band out by wedging a flat-blade screwdriver under it and working your way around.

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Step 4. Once you’ve managed to get the entire band off the door seal, peel the door seal back a bit towards your left (away from the door lock).

Step 5. Using a Philips screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the door lock to the washer. Make sure to support the door lock with your hand from inside the washer.

Step 6. With the screws removed, pop the door lock assembly out of the washing machine.

Step 7. Disconnect the wire connector attached to the door lock assembly.

Step 8. Set the old door lock assembly aside.

Step 9. Get your new door lock assembly out of its pack.

Step 10. Pop the new door lock into the same position as the one you removed.

Step 11. Secure the new door lock to the washer by applying the two screws.

Step 12. Attach the wire connector to the new door lock.

Step 13. Push the door seal back in place.

Step 14. Fit the retaining wire around the door seal (you may need a screwdriver to help you do this).

Step 15. Open and shut the washer’s door a couple of times.

Step 16. Turn on your washing machine’s water and power supply.

Step 17. Run a wash cycle to see if the issue has been resolved.

Note: Please keep in mind that the method above works only with front loader washing machines.

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How To Unlock LG Washing Machine Child Lock — Solution

The buttons you need to press to deactivate Child Lock will vary depending on the model of your washing machine. For some washer’s all you need to do is press the Rinse and Spin buttons simultaneously and hold for three seconds.

Another way to turn off Child Lock is by pressing the wrinkle care button for three seconds. If neither method worked for you, we strongly advise that you consult your washer’s manual to learn its specific controls.