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How to Bypass the Door Lock on an Amana Washing Machine

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Contributors: Muhammad Baballe Ahmad, Mehmet Cavas, Sudhir Chitnis, and Zhen-ya Liu.

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If your Amana washer door lock is broken or damaged, you can bypass it with a few simple tools. Follow these instructions to get your washer working again.


If your Amana washing machine is stuck in the locked mode and won’t complete cycles, chances are you will need to bypass the door lock before you can fix it. This guide will quickly go over the steps involved in bypassing the door lock on an Amana washing machine. It’s important to note that this may void your warranty, so make sure to check with a professional if you are unsure about how to proceed. Additionally, this method will only work if there has been no damage done to your washer or its parts. With that being said, let’s get started.

Tools Needed

If you want to bypass the door lock on your Amana washing machine, there are some tools that you will need. You will need a Philips head screwdriver, needle nose pliers, and a flat head screwdriver. Preparing these tools in advance will help you quickly and efficiently bypass the door lock on your Amana washing machine.


The most common tool needed to bypass the door lock on a Amana washing machine is a slotted screwdriver. The instruction manual for the specific model should provide the exact direction for how to unlock the door. Additionally, a Phillips head screwdriver may be necessary depending on the type of screws securing the frame to the body of the washing machine.

It is important that you use caution when manipulating any screws or hardware around electronics, as there may be a risk of shock or other damage if done incorrectly. Always refer to your owner’s manual and always wear protective gloves. Properly disconnect any power sources before starting this job, and check that all power cords have been disconnected before removing or replacing any parts of your Amana washing machine.

Small Hammer

A small hammer will be necessary when installing and bypassing the door lock on an Amana washing machine. It is important that you use a small hammer to avoid any damage to the appliance itself. To bypass the door lock, pry the panel off of the door latch with a flathead screwdriver. Then, use the small hammer to tap out the set pins from their housing and disconnect them. Finally, align the broken pieces of each pin together and reconnect them with a small flathead screwdriver. This should allow you to replace and bypass the door lock on your Amana washing machine.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Gaining access to the inside of your Amana washing machine can be a tricky task, especially if your washing machine door is stuck closed and you can’t open it. Fortunately, Amana has provided a way for owners to bypass the door lock, allowing access to the inside of the machine. This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to bypass the door lock on an Amana washing machine.

Remove the screws from the top of the washer

In order to bypass the door lock on an Amana washing machine, you will need to first remove the screws from the top of the washer. These screws are located at each of the four corners of the washer lid. Use a Phillips screwdriver or other appropriate tool to remove these screws. Once all of the screws have been removed, gently lift up on the top lid assembly in order to access the door lock mechanism.

Use a hammer to tap the locking mechanism on the door

Using an appropriate tool, such as a hammer and a flathead screwdriver, you can tap on the locking mechanism located on the door of an Amana washing machine. The force needed to bypass the lock mechanism may vary based on your model of machine. To begin, locate the metal pieces inside the door opening latch area and identify where they fit into the metal frame around them. Using firm taps, you can then try to force them outwards by tapping with a hammer and screwdriver until they click back into place and unlock. Be sure to use caution when using any sort of tool or object that may cause scratches or damage to your machine!

Pull the locking mechanism out of the door

Pull the locking mechanism out of the door. This is done by removing the external panel to access the inside of the door, or by inserting a flat head screwdriver or other similar tool into the opening at which the locking mechanism is inserted and applying upward pressure to remove it from place. Care should be taken not to scratch or damage any of the parts in this process. Once out, it may be necessary to pull back on a release lever or switch in order for it to come loose.


By going through this guide, you now have the knowledge to bypass the door lock on an Amana washing machine. It was a simple process that only required a few tools and a bit of patience. With the right knowledge, you can save yourself time and money by bypassing the door lock on your Amana washing machine.

Re-install the screws

To complete the installation of your Amana washing machine door lock, you’ll need to cover back the screws that connect the lock to the door frame. Align the holes on both sides of the lock with the corresponding holes on the door frame. Fasten each screw with a Phillips screwdriver, starting with one side before moving to the other side in order to ensure even tension and a tight fit. Once all of your screws have been secured, you can use a small level tool to make sure that there is even pressure across all four screws. Finally, replace any covers or guards that protect your lock for added durability and beauty, covering back the lock for extra security.

Test the door lock before using the machine

To ensure the safety of your Amana washing machine, it is important to test the door lock before every use. You will need to make sure that the latch is correctly aligned and secure for proper operation.

First, check that the system is turned off. Then open and close the door several times to be sure it is securely closed and all components are in their correct position. Check that the tabs are locked indictor arrows are displayed on both locking tabs, located at the top of the door opening. If any issues arise during your inspection, contact a qualified service technician to resolve any issues before using the washer.

Once you have completed your inspection and verified that everything is working properly, you can safely use your Amana washing machine without fear of harm or damage to your home or appliances.

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