Door Lock Or Interlock:
The door lock (also called the interlock) is a security feature found on Frigidaire front load washing machines as well as some Frigidaire top-load washers. It stops the door or lid from opening while the machine is operating. The system comprises an opening catch that is mounted on the door and the door lock mechanism that is located at the rear of the front panel/door shroud , or main top. The lock mechanism is made up of several switches, and typically the solenoid that locks and unlocks or a solenoid of the wax motor. When the cycle begins, the washer control will activate the solenoid or wax motor of the lock to keep the door or lid from being opened. The control will either turn on the door unlock solenoid/wax motor or deactivate it at the close of the cycle. The wax motor-type solenoid typically takes about a minute or two to activate or deactivate. The lock mechanism might be the cause if the door or lid does not open at the end of the cycle.
Most Frigidaire washers will have a manual release to unlock the mechanism, allowing you to open the door or lid. You can usually find the release located at the bottom of the door lock, or, on specific models it is inside the soap dispenser’s housing. How to check the Frigidaire door lock inside a washing machine
- Disconnect the Frigidaire washer from the power source prior to beginning.
- Make sure you clean your door lock. It’s typically located on the frame of the washing machine beneath the lid.
- If cleaning it doesn’t resolve the issue, remove the lock on the door of the Frigidaire washing machine and inspect it for cracks, damage or wear. If you want to take the switch off, it is likely that you need remove the entire or a part of the cabinet.
- You’ll need to replace your switch in the event that it displays any of the following symptoms.
Door Strike & Catch & Hook:
The door strike (also called the catch, hook or catch) is a safety device that is installed on front-loading Frigidaire washers. It also activates the lid switch for top-load washers. For Frigidaire front-load washers the door hook is used to engage the lock mechanism. If the door hook gets damaged, it may not be able to activate the door lock assembly, or it may not disengage easily from the lock mechanism at close of the cycle. The door hook or door strike is normally made of hard plastic that can break through normal use and abuse or if you have attempted to unlock the door using an excessive force while the lock was engaged. How to check the door strike of a Frigidaire washing machine:
- This is an easy inspection; no tools or removal is needed.
- Locate your door strike. It’s in the door frame of your Frigidaire washer.
- Inspect the strike for any signs of wear or damage. Also, inspect the strike for signs of wear, cracks, or damage.
- If you notice any problems while performing the checks above You will require an Frigidaire replacement door strike.
Lid Hinge & Pin:
Two hinges link the lid to top load Frigidaire washers. These hinges could be made of metal or plastic, and can eventually wear down from regular use. If you are having difficulty opening the lid then hinges could be at fault. Check the hinges and pins on your Frigidaire washer:
- You’ll need to expose electrical parts during this inspection. Before you begin, make sure you have disconnected your Frigidaire washer.
- Begin by lifting up the lid and then inspecting the hinges and pins for signs of wear, cracks and damage or debris that might be clogging the hinges.
- To check the hinges and pins on all sides take off or lift the cover that covers the main one.
- If there are any issues during the inspections above, you will need the Frigidaire replacement hinges for your lid.