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Hi there

The door handle on my LG F1403 broke last night, leaving me with a full load of washing now stuck in the machine! The plastic handle must have perished in some way because the parts of the handle that actually open the door split. I'm not sure if there is a piece of door handle stuck in the mechanism or not, I've tried to get what's there out with my hands but it's quite sharp so kept making my fingers bleed.

I can get the part easily enough for £7 or something-great!

But what I need to know is how do I fit it once the part has arrived? It says 'Easy' to fit on the parts website but will I need to be able to get the door open in the first place to be able to fit it?

If so, how can I get the door open in the meantime without damaging the lock mechanism inside?

I have looked online for instructions how to fit the new handle and couldn't find anything.

Otherwise is it a case of just clicking it on in place of the old one? Do I need to take the silver fascia off the front of the door first?

Thanks very much, any help would be very much appreciated!

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I have some basic advice on a washing machine door jammed problem but it's only general advice. Worth a look though. Other than that the only way to open a jammed door if you cannot do it from the front is to disconnect the machine from the electricity and take off the lid to reach the door interlock. If you can't manoeuvre it open it will have to be forced and chances are you'll need to replace the door interlock too.

It should be fairly obvious how to replace the catch, if it isn't I can only recommend getting an engineer really.

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I have some basic advice on a washing machine door jammed problem but it's only general advice. Worth a look though. Other than that the only way to open a jammed door if you cannot do it from the front is to disconnect the machine from the electricity and take off the lid to reach the door interlock. If you can't manoeuvre it open it will have to be forced and chances are you'll need to replace the door interlock too.

It should be fairly obvious how to replace the catch, if it isn't I can only recommend getting an engineer really.

Ok thank you. I am awaiting the part to arrive (have ordered the door handle for the machine for starters) and hopefully once it has arrived it will be straight forward and will open the door again. If it doesn't then I'm loathe to force the door open in case I damage the interlocking mechanism as you say, I think I will get an engineer to look if a simple replacement of the handle doesn't work.

I am hoping when the handle arrives it will be a case of clicking the new one into place.

I won't be getting into the realms of taking the top off the washing machine, an engineer can do stuff like that.

Thanks.

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The part was here when I got home tonight-although it said 'easy' fitting on the website it came with no instructions as to how to fit it. The new handle doesn't click or spring into place as it has holes in it for the door mechanism to pass through, so the door locking mechanism needs to be revealed in order to fit this part. Plus there are the old 'holes' of the broken handle stuck on the mechanism parts.

What a pain, I'm not going to be able to get an engineer out to it until at least Tuesday I'd have thought and have a suitcase full of washing to do!

There has got to be a simple way of getting to this door mechanism without taking the top off the washing machine otherwise that wouldn't be an 'easy' task?

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No I'm afraid there isn't, as described in the link I posted before on doors being jammed, unless it can be persuaded to come away from the interlock somehow from the front then the only way to free it is from the inside and it could involve busting the door interlock. Basically you have one part stuck inside the other and the front casing is between them.

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