Why do washing machine doors lock

How to open a locked washing machine door

This article shows you how to unlock the front door or hatch on your washing machine. The two main ways to unlock a door are:

  • Unlocking the washing machine door with the help of a cord
  • Unlocking the washing machine door after a power failure

Unlocking the washing machine door with the help of a cord

The door may not open after a wash. To open a locked washing machine door, use a spool of cake twine (just like you would use it to prepare your Sunday roast).

Cut a piece of string so that its length is at least the size of the hatch. Insert the cord between the cabinet and the front door of the washing machine.

Pull hard on the ends of the string. This will cause the cord to pull back the door latch. The door opens.


This procedure can only be used with a classic locking system with a door hook and security door.

Unlocking the washing machine door after a power failure

If a power failure occurs during a wash cycle, you will not be able to open the washing machine door because of the safety lock. To open the door manually, you must first make sure that the water level is lower than the hatch. If this is not the case, you must first empty the excess water with the help of the drain hose and a bucket. Then you need to remove the baseboard at the front of the machine and pull a tab. The door opens.


The front door is equipped with an electromagnetic safety lock. This prevents the door from opening until the drum of the washing machine has completely stopped and the container is not completely empty. The security is further improved by means of an integrated timer in the locking mechanism. It takes at least 90 seconds before you can open the door. If your washing machine has a security light, you will need to wait for it to go out before you can open the door.