Front Load Washer Door is STUCK

The door on my Kenmore front load Washing Machine is stuck and won't open despite my turning the timer, spinning and rewashing, etc. Repairman said it'll cost more to fix it ($400) than probably to buy a new one. He said we would have to break the door latch open. I need a second opinion. Thanks.
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On 2 Jul 2005 19:48:21 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com scribbled this interesting note:

I don't know the first thing about that latch, but if he can break it and replace it, why can't you? (you get to save the service and labor charges that way!:~)
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Hi,
Kenmore is made by several different companies....model#?
http://www.applianceaid.com/model.html Some model# helps.
I have had to yank/break a few different door catches because they would not open and replace the broken parts :(
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Model # is 417 4314 2300. The repair technician I called was from Sears where I also bought the washing machine. Any suggestions on who can help me fix it in the Chicago area if I can't do it myself? Thanks.
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Get out the phone book. In a large metropolitan area like you are, there are probably a dozen independent appliance repair companies. Ask friends and neighbor who they used. Sears tends to be high priced.
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Hi,
This is a Frigidaire built Kenmore.
If the lock itself gets broken, the part is under $100.00 http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R 3&Nw4920 Door lock and switch assembly.
If just the door stricker get broken when the door is yanked open, part is under $5.00 http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R 3&N32664 Door strike/catch.
Even if both need to be done, both parts are way less than a new washer is :)

Nope, I am in the Great White North....ask friends, neighbours or family whom they use and trust.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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I do not pretend to know about your washer.
Have you unplugged the washer and then tried the door?
My Maytag Neptune door is held electrically.
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I was able to force the door open with nothing seeming to break The machine still works but now I have to force the door open each time since the automatic release doesn't work.
Any suggestions on what to do next? Or do I have just have to live with just opening the door forcefully every time and just pray that teh machine doesn't break. Thanks.
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What does the automatic release do and how does it work? If it is a magnet, it is possible the magnet is bad. Solenoid valves are electro magnets. Even something as simple as a loose connection can do it. Could be the catch is held in place with the magnet during operation and a spring releases it when the magnet is turned off. Could be a broken spring or stuck latch than needs lubrication.
You can probably get some help if you have a friend with a multi-meter and basic knowledge of following a wiring diagram.
--
Ed
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:

Hi,
Good :)

Bad :(

Certainly sounds like new lock assembly time.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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