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How to Bypass an LG Washing Machine Door Lock

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If your LG washing machine door lock is giving you trouble, there’s no need to call a repairman. You can bypass the lock yourself in just a few simple steps.


Do you need to bypass the LG washing machine door lock? Is your LG washing machine not unlocking after a cycle is complete? If so, this guide will help you. To hold the cover, bypassing the door lock on an LG washing machine requires a little bit of knowledge about electrical wiring and some tools. We’ll show you how to quickly and correctly bypass the lock in order to access your washer without any damage. Read on for our simple instructions for how to hold the cover and bypass an LG washing machine door lock!

We recommend taking precautions when attempting any repair or installation of electrical appliances or parts. If at any point you feel unsure of your ability to complete this process safely, please seek help from a certified technician. The safety of yourself, your home, and your appliances should always come first!

Safety Precautions

Before attempting to bypass the LG washing machine door lock, it is important to take certain safety precautions. Always disconnect the power supply of the device by unplugging the power cord from the outlet before attempting to bypass any kind of door lock. If your unit has a separate water supply hose, disconnect that as well. Make sure you wear protective gear such as gloves, a mask, and safety glasses while working on electrical equipment. Additionally, if you need additional assistance with dealing with this issue, contact a qualified professional who can help you safely and correctly bypass your LG washing machine lock.

Disconnect the Washer from the Power Supply

To bypass an LG washing machine door lock, it is necessary to first disconnect the appliance from the power supply. This can be done by unplugging the washing machine’s power cord from the electrical outlet, or by shutting off the power at the main service panel. Once disconnected from the power source, hold down the START/PAUSE button for five seconds and then release. This will turn off the unit and unlock it. If this does not work, you may need to manually reset the door lock by locating two contact points at either side of the door gap and pressing them simultaneously with a flat object such as a nail file or screwdriver. If needed, consult a technician for further assistance in bypassing your LG washing machine door lock.

Remove the Top Panel

To begin, you will need to remove the top panel of the washing machine’s cabinet by carefully unhooking any clasps or screws that keep it in place. Once the panel is removed, locate and disconnect the wiring harness leading to the door lock switch. Depending on your model, this may be either a white or blue harness. Once disconnected, the machine will no longer activate its door locking system.

You can then reattach the wiring harness to its switch and reposition the top panel back onto the washing machine’s cabinet. If necessary, you can also reapply any screws that held it in place and ensure that any clips used for securing it are firmly in place. With these steps completed, you have successfully bypassed your LG washing machine’s door lock system.

Locate the Door Lock

When you’re ready to bypass an LG washing machine door lock, the first step is to locate the door lock on your washer. This can usually be found on the side of the control panel near the front of the machine. It may also be labeled as a “door switch”. There will likely be an indicator light or a simple switch close by that reads “unlock”. Make sure this is in the off position and then press down on the door latch in order for it to disengage. With some models, you may need to hold this button down for at least 5 seconds before it releases.

Once you have located and disengaged the door lock, unplug your washer from its power source and wait 60 seconds before plugging it back in again. This should reset any errors or issues in your machine’s programming and allow you to open it without issue once more. If not, find out what error code appears in your machine’s display so you can troubleshoot any specific problems further as needed.

Bypass the Door Lock

If your LG washing machine is not letting you open the door, there may be a problem with the latch, the door lock mechanism may be damaged, or there may be an issue with the door lock switch. Fortunately, it’s possible to bypass the LG washing machine door lock. This procedure requires basic tools and its outcome depends on individual models. It is important to consider safety first and take appropriate precautions when attempting to open a washing machine with a malfunctioning door lock.

1. Unplug the washing machine from its power source before tinkering with any part of it.
2. Push down on the lid and then pull back up slightly to relieve any loading tension on the lid switch (when present). On some models you might need to remove screws for access to this switch.
3. Insert a flat-bladed instrument into the space between the metal frame of your washer and lid just above its latch handle, approximately 1 inch from either side of it (way depending on model as indicated in manufacturer instructions).
4. Push toward each side in turn pushing over any clips from their mounted position inside of recesses in order to disengage them from their locking points near opening mechanism below – this should allow for bypassing security device along interior rim of body around opening hole if so equipped – some models do not include such mechanisms however so operation should conclude here if no further proceedings are required as otherwise indicated by manufacturer instructions
5. If present – disengage additional internal supports (lock arms) along top panel adjacent inner framing as prompted by brand information before discontinuing attempts otherwise – or stop here again if no further proceedings come up as necessary per information sheet directions

Reassemble the Washer

Once you have disconnected the door lock and rerouted the wires, the washer can be put back together. Before reassembling, take a moment to tie the newly routed wires together and secure them in place using temporary cable ties. This will help keep them organized until you’re ready to permenantly place them in the washer as part of your DIY repair.

Begin by fitting the top cover back onto the washer, taking care to ensure it is properly seated on all four sides. Secure it into place with two screws at either side of the front of the machine. Once these are in, you should then pull out both drums and reassemble any components that may have been removed, such as pulleys or shock absorbers if necessary.

Once everything appears to be correctly secured back into place, replace both drums and finally fit in your new door catch thus completing your DIY bypass installation on your LG washing machine door lock system. Test out your installation before closing up your washer completely by tripping both inner and outer locks manually to ensure they work correctly as desired.

Reconnect the Washer to the Power Supply

In order to bypass an LG washing machine door lock, it is first necessary to reconnect the washing machine to the power supply. This can be done by locating the power cord that runs from the electrical outlet near your washer, unplugging it from the outlet and plugging it back in. Once connected back to the power supply, restore power to the appliance by pressing down on either “Power” or “Start/Pause,” depending on your specific model. You will now be able to access the other settings on your washer.

If after reconnecting the washing machine you are still unable to open or close its door, you may need to reset it. Resetting an LG washing machine after a power loss requires pressing and holding down two or three buttons simultaneously for three seconds in order for it to work again. These buttons typically include “Power,” “Start/Pause” and either one of these once more, with some models requiring four button presses instead of three. After this has been done, test if opening and closing of your washer’s door is possible again – if not, contact a repair technician for assistance.


Bypassing the door lock on an LG washing machine is a relatively quick process and requires nothing more than a few minutes of work and some basic tools. You will need to locate the door lock housing area, remove the front panel of the housing, locate the small black switch inside, and slide switch it to the off or “unlock” position. Doing this should reset your lock.

Once you have completed these steps, you can reassemble your LG washing machine and verify that it has been unlocked successfully by running a cycle with a load of laundry in it. Additionally, if the issue persists after resetting, contact your service provider for further assistance in troubleshooting and repairing your LG washer.

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