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MAH 3 door won't open? Does it have a manual release somewhere?

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OK so the MAH3 Front load is what I assume you're talking about. I found this question looking around when I had the same problem.
So not able to find a soluton I just went to work with my screwdriver. To get the door open you do as follows:
1. Unplug the washer and wait for 5-10 minutes. Safety first.
2. At the back of the machine on the top left and right sides there are 2 screws (mine where black I dont know that they all will be) that hold the top plate in place. Remove them.
3. Once the screws are removed put your palms on the top of the washer and push the lid towards the back of the washer. The lid should slide back a bit then you should be able to lift it off. Put it aside for now.
4. You should now be able to see everything inside the washer. Look straight down from the top where the door is. On the right hand side of the door (this might be different if you have it setup to swing the other way) you will see wires leading to the electronic release for the door. The manual release you're looking for sits at the very BOTTOM of the electronic assembly. Snake your hand down past the wires and and the bottom of the black box thing there is a single "stick with a ball at the end" pull that DOWN while you pull the washer door open (maybe have a friend / wife help). You will not be able to see what you're doing at all but it seemed pretty easy once I figured it out.
My problem apparently (and I couldn't tell this with all the clothes inside) seems to be that the water didn't drain all the way? This appears to be while it wasn't releasing the door.
Anyway good luck!

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

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Please check the wax motor for proper resistance. To check the resistance, disconnect the electrical supply from the washer and remove the wire harness from the wax motor terminals and place ohm meter probes on it. The wax motor should have a resistance of approximately 1900 ohms at room temperature. The machine control monitors the door lock mechanism to ensure the door is locked. This is done through the door lock enable switch. During "lock mode," the shaft of the door lock mechanism is pressed forward by the door lock wax motor, and the shaft presses in the button of the door lock enable switch. If the machine control board sees the switch OPEN during the spin cycle, the machine control board will automatically shut the washer OFF. This is caused by a weak spring in the door lock wax motor. Replace the complete door lock mechanism. Hope this helps...please post back for further assistance.

Daniel

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1. Unplug the washer and wait for 5-10 minutes. Safety first.
2. At the back of the machine on the top left and right sides there are 2 screws (mine where black I dont know that they all will be) that hold the top plate in place. Remove them.
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