My washing machine door will not open at the end of cycle

All washing machine doors are locked during use. Usually there is an electrical time delay lock coupled to a mechanical lock, all in one part called an interlock.

These door interlocks take different shape and forms for different manufacturers, they are usually unique to a model range.

Once you select start on your washing machine controls, the door lock is electrically initiated, a heated Bi Metalic strip moves a small pin into the mechanical slide on the door lock. The door lock is now locked in position until the pin is withdrawn and the electrical energy removed from the Bi metalic strip.

Failure to unlock is usually because the mechanical pin has not withdrawn from the slide. The harder you try to force the door handle to unlock the door increases the risk of breaking the door handle as well.

A gental tap on the caninet adjacent to where the door handle is can shock the pin out of the slide. if this does not work, the door lock can be unlocked from the back of the interlock. This will involve removing the washing machine lid and becomes less of a DIY job.

The electrical energy is removed by the "end of cycle" position being reached, if the cycle does not finish then its is possible to keep the door lock energised. Turning the power off at the plug will de energise the door lock but will not reset the programme step, when power is reapplied most electronic programme timers will remember where they were in the cycle.

If your washing machine is full of water or has enough water in it to keep a pressure device activated, some, not all, washing machines will keep the door locked, so not draining correctly can have an influence on the door lock.

Our washing machine door interlock locks and washing machine drain pumps are available to view by clicking the links, and just in case you break the washing machine door handle