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How to open a washing machine door

Opening your washing machine may seem like the simplest of tasks, but here at AO we know that it can sometimes be trickier than first meets the eye. From tips on how to do it properly to what you should do if it’s jammed, we’ve got you covered.

How to open the door

Most washing machines have a simple locking system, making the doors really secure, yet easy to open. With a quick push in of the latch on the handle, it should release the lock and open the door. Simple! If you need to open your washing machine door once the cycle has started, maybe for a rogue sock, most models let you do so within the first 5 minutes. But once the water is at a certain temperature and level, a lot of washing machines will automatically lock for safety reasons. So you might not be able to open it, meaning you’ll have to wait ‘til the end of the cycle. It’s best to check this in your product manual though, as it can vary from brand to brand.

The best way to do it

The hinge on your washing machine door can become loose really easily if you aren’t opening it the right way. And a loose hinge can make your door hang a little lop-sided, meaning it can be difficult to shut. The best way to avoid this is by opening it while crouching down and making sure it’s not being pulled at an angle. This reduces the strain on the hinge as it won’t be pulled in an awkward direction, like it would be if you were standing up. With all the modern designs flying around now though, some brands are making doors with handles located higher up. So you can open it from above without causing any damage.

What to do if it's jammed

If your washing machine door is jammed shut, the best thing to do is give the manufacturer a call. They’ll be able to give you some tips on the best way to solve the problem. And if it’s beyond being solved, they’ll happily send someone out to fix it for you if it’s included in your warranty. Click on the link below to find the phone number for your washing machine’s manufacturer.

Manufacturer helplines