Door Lock Or Interlock
The door lock, also known as the interlock is an safety device that is used on front load KitchenAid washing machines and on some KitchenAid top-load washers that stops the lid or door from opening when the machine is running. The system is comprised of a door mounted catch and the door lock mechanism that is located on the back of the front panel/door shroud , or main top. The lock mechanism consists of the switches and is usually the solenoid that locks and unlocks or a solenoid motor for wax. When the cycle begins, the washer control will trigger the solenoid or wax motor of the lock to protect the lid and door from being opened. It will trigger the door unlock solenoid/wax motor or turn it off at the conclusion of the cycle. The deactivation or activation of the wax motor solenoid usually takes around an hour. The lock mechanism may be the issue if the door or lid does not open after the cycle has ended. KitchenAid washers have a manual release mechanism that unlocks the mechanism, allowing the user to lift the lid or open the door. The release from the door’s bottom lock, or on some models it is inside the soap dispenser housing. How to inspect the KitchenAid door lock within the washing machine:
- Disconnect the KitchenAid washer from its electrical source prior to starting.
- Clean and inspect your door lock , removing any debris or films which may have been accumulated. The lock is under the lid or in the frame of your washer.
- If the cleaning doesn’t solve the problem, then remove the door lock from the KitchenAid washing machine to examine it for cracks, damage or wear. If you want to take the switch off, you will likely need remove the entire or part the cabinet.
- If you find that your lock has any of the symptoms above it is time to get the replacement door lock.
Door Strike & Catch & Hook
The door strike (also known as the catch, hook or catch) is the safety mechanism that’s mounted on front loading KitchenAid washers. It also acts as a lid switch for top-load washers. The door hook on KitchenAid front-load washers serves to lock and engage the mechanism. The hook on the door can become damaged and not be in a position to engage the door lock correctly or disengage from the lock mechanism quickly at the end. The door strike or hook is typically made of strong plastic and is susceptible to breaking during normal use and abuse or if you have attempted to open the door with force when the lock is activated. What is the best way to examine the door strike of the KitchenAid washing machine
- This is an easy inspection, no tools or removal is needed.
- Locate your door strike. It’s located inside the door frame of your KitchenAid washing machine.
- Inspect the strike for signs of wear or damage. Also, check the strike for signs of wear, cracking or damage.
- If you find any issues while performing the checks above then you’ll need an KitchenAid replacement door strike.
Lid Hinge & Pin
Two hinges link the lid to top-load KitchenAid washers. The hinges could be constructed out of plastic or metal and may eventually wear out as a result of normal usage. The hinges might be to blame if you’re having trouble opening the lid. How to check the hinges on the lid and pin on KitchenAid washing machine:
- It is necessary to expose electrical parts during the inspection. Before starting making sure that you’ve unplugged your KitchenAid washer.
- Begin by lifting the lid. Then, check the pins and hinges for wear, cracks, or dirt.
- Lift or remove the top of the main lid in order to look at the hinges’ sides and pins. If you notice any issues in the process You will have to buy the KitchenAid replacement hinges.