The Kenmore Elite HE3 is 7.2 cu. ft. capacity electric dryer by Kenmore.

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"Contol locked" light is on. Nothing else responds.

The "control locked" red light is on and the dryer will not respond when any other button is pushed. What to do?

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Thank you for the Control Lock reset fix! Worked great and saved me possibly a few hundred dollars on repairs! :)

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I have a Whirlpool Duet and I had to hold the End of Cycle button for about 3 seconds. Thanks!

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If lock light wont go off,wont reset,You Can Wash dishes! Just drive a finishing nail into lock light til it goes out. I swear you will have full wash powers, just won't lock.But, I Never knew it had a lock till it stuck. I did this,as instructed by appliance serviceman of 40yrs. It works perfectly fine and no $ outta my wallet. This is a 20 yr old washer, not saying do it on newer model Kenmore D/W.

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I tried everything else.. I literally smashed a finishing nail into the light and my piece of crap Kenmore dishwasher came to life instantly.

Totally incredible. Thanks Rusty.. Awesome advice!!

I'm tearing down my house in 4-6 months and I did not want to install a new dishwasher, so this certainly got the job done!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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Worked for me. I did it with the power off and removed the finishing nail. I cannot understand how this could work. Lets see how long it lasts!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deborah, try this first:"

Press and hold for 3 seconds the "Control Lock/Unlock" button on the control panel to lock the control panel. Listen for a double beep and observe the "Control Lock" status light is lit when the control lock is in effect. Press and hold for 3 seconds the "Control Lock/Unlock" button on the control panel to unlock the control panel. The "Control Lock" status light is goes out when the control panel is unlocked.

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thank you, saved me a ton i was about to call a repair guy, and of course the machine says exactly what to do on it!!!

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OMG! Thanks! I was not looking forward o calling Sears tomorrow! You Rock!

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I tried that many times it's printed right near the button

Still won't start

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Yeap it works! Thanks

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it worked!!!! I can cancel the dryer appt!!! THANK YOU!!

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In addition to Oldturkeys answer, try unplugging it for five minutes to allow it to reset.

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I unplugged when all else failed still didn't work

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I'm gonna try that now

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It didn't work

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I have a Kenmore Elite he3 and I have to hold the "Drain/Spin" button "AND" the main "Start (Press & Hold)" button at the same time for 3 seconds. Works every time.

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Seriously you just saved my life!

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Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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I held the start button and control Lock button at the same time for for a few seconds until you hear the beep sounds and a unlock sound.

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I have the HE4. I tried all of this, and they didn't work. However, I pressed and held the "Auto Dry Level" just to test other things, and it did the trick for me. Appreciate the input because I wouldn't have tried it otherwise though.

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Thanks for that information..it worked! :)

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I held the auto steam button for 3 seconds and it worked

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Whirlpool duet, didn't work for me. Somtimes if I unplug, wait and replug, it goes off. Other times it does not. But I don't even think the door locks. Please help, so annoying with half dried clothes.

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Deborah will be eternally grateful.
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