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Splendide Washer/Dryer Door Latch/Lock Bypass — 40 Comments

  1. how can i know that which two wires to joint to make bypass successful. there are three wires red black and yellow in lg washer.

    • Hi, LG washer is a different brand and may not have the same type of switch, etc. You could experiment. One of the wires should have mains voltage (black?), one is probably neutral (yellow? – with power off ohm out to see if it is common with frame ground) and the third wire should be the switched lead (red?). My guess would be to short BLK/RED but do so at your own risk. If I am wrong you will probably pop the circuit breaker.

  2. We have ours apart (same brand as yours) but our colors are brown,red,blue. We are taking a shot with red and brown

    • Good luck! Guess you have a few combinations to try. If you get it wrong worst case you will pop the circuit breaker at your rv panel.

  3. Thanks so much for your informative post. Ours is also a 2005 Splendide, but it is a WD2100XC model. We had experienced another common problem with the Splendide washer/dryers. That is, “broken door handle.” While searching for information on that, I found your post. So, while repairing that problem, I decided to help eliminate the problem again in the future, and implement your lock bypass solution.

    My lock did indeed have the Black/White/Brown color scheme, as the technician described to you, so my solution was quite straight-forward. I wasn’t too concerned about returning the latch to proper function in the future, so I just cut the wires, stripped them back 1/4″, used a twist on wire connector to join them, & then wrapped with electrical tape for water-proofing. I also wrapped the latch end wires in tape to keep them together. If I decide to return the lock function in the future, I’ll just remove the twist connector and install butt splices.

    While our latch was still working as designed, the delay was a pain, and I’m sure led to some pre-emptory attempts to open the locked door, thereby adding stress to the poorly designed handle. Our handle lasted about 9 years, so I don’t feel too bad about having to replace it. I bought the OEM part from Westland Sales (800-356-0766) for $40 + shipping. Seems high, but is a lot better than the $117 for the same part from PPL. Thanks again for your helpful post. My wife is happy.

    • That sounds great I have same problem I don’t understand when you cut the two wires and short them. ( black and brown wires) that leaves the white wire only going to switch. How’s that one one wire In gage switch when switch itself is not grounded. ?

  4. Thanks A LOT for this post.
    We were having problems with the latch not unlocking and then we broke the handle off trying to open the door. Did what Chris did, ordered the handle from Westland and completely bypassed the switch. Great help, thanks again!

  5. Thanks to this posting I got the door open, pulled the boot edging off and pulled the switch. I had the black-white-brown wires. pulled black and brown connectors out of the plug and taped them together. Put the switch back in, boot re-installed and perfection!
    Ordering a new handle today.
    Thanks a Bunch

    • Yeah, seems like there is no standard for the wire colors! So of the three wires one is hot with 120 volts, one is ground and the remaining is the switched conductor. The techie approach is to use a voltmeter/ohmmeter to determine which is the hot wire and which is the ground, the remaining wire will be the switched conductor. Something like this:

      1) Set your meter to the scale for measuring 120 volts AC, put one probe on a good ground (like the washer cabinet where bare metal is exposed) and then probe each wire (after you have disconnected them from the switch), one of them will have 120 volts on it. Make a note of what color.
      2) Set your meter to the lowest ohms scale. Again put one of the probes on the ground and probe the other two wires (but NOT the identified “hot” wire), one of them will show continuity and that will be the ground.
      3) The remaining wire is the switched conductor.
      4) Here’s where I don’t remember if the machine wants to be grounded or have 120 volts to bypass the latch. I’m guessing ground, so short the ground wire to the switched wire. If that doesn’t work short the hot wire to the switched wire. One of those should do the trick.

      The non techie approach is to guess. One of the three combinations of shorting two of the wires together will fix the problem, another will not fix the problem, but the third will blow your circuit breaker because you are shorting 120 volts to ground. That actually happened to me because I guessed wrong on my machine! It shouldn’t hurt anything assuming your 120v circuit breaker is working properly, but it is not the most elegant method. Be careful and good luck! Post back here what you found out as that may help others that have wire colors like yours!

  6. Update..I ordered and install new door switch now the washer won’t start. Dryer works fine. Any idea ?

    • Bobby, well I’m not an expert on these machines and I don’t own one anymore, but long ago and far, far away I was an electronics repair tech. When troubleshooting, if I replaced a suspected bad part and it didn’t fix the problem, it was either because the replacement part was also bad, the replacement part was incorrectly installed, or the problem was elsewhere. Odds are it would be the latter. Have you talked to Splendide?

    • Possibly, or you could just bypass it as described in the post and see if that does the trick. It’s been years since we’ve had this particular washer so my memories of it are a bit faded…

  7. I have a newer splendide i hate the thing never takes the lint or hair off of clothing during the wash or dry doesn’t matter what kind of detergent or fabric softner or how often you clean the exhaust will leave clothes wet or cooked during dry cycle so i have to hang clothing to dry or stay like velcro and take them out before timer ends the cycle and they are always wrinkled wet or dry it has been balanced and still shakes the house if i had to do family washing i would invest in paper clothing. so if you haven’t bought one DON’T made well and heavy BUT USELESS my clothes would be cleaner if i went to the nearest river and pounded them on a rock Capisce?

    • Bummer it doesn’t work for you. As I remember, for us the washer worked well enough (besides the door lock issue) but it took some time getting used to the dryer’s limitations. The drum is sized right for washing, but too small to do proper drying unless the load size is reduced. Also, if you have the ventless version I think those are probably even more picky. Thanks for your comment!

  8. Your bypass idea gave me the initiative to take mine apart and see just how the switch is made.

    A simple set of contacts between 2C and 3L that are closed by a bi-metal piece that is heated up between N and 2C and also pulls down a plastic strip interfering with the lock bar to create the lock.

    The bottom two connectors are for the dryer interlock and are just a make/break from a cam riding on the lock bar.

    I drilled dimples in the 10 or so places where plastic pins had been melted to seal the cover and snapped the cover off, being careful not to disturb any of the internal parts.

    Found the bi-metal strip LAYING between 2C and N (no positive connection) that would heat up and push an over-center spring closing the circuit between 2C and 3L. Bent the bi-metal slightly up toward the over-center to encourage good contact at the points. Used liberal WD40 to lube any sliding surfaces, including the small vertical locking bar. Cleaned up all electrical contacting points with De-Ox and reassembled.

    Understand the cooling slots near the bi-metal but expect that allowed dust/lint to gum up the switch, could have used a sealed heat sink for another few dollars and probably eliminated the problem I experienced.

    This fix probably only works if the circuit board and timers are working properly. But did save $100 – for now.

    • Frank, really appreciate the info. It inspired me to fully repair my switch. Mine was a Model WD802 Splendide 2000. The latch was getting very hard to operate and had started getting stuck closed.
      It had a 5 wire switch. 2C, N, & 3L for PTC (red, blue, & brown) and an extra contact with two white wires. With no schematic, I assume that contact is for some control circuit.
      The five wire made me bail on trying to jumper unit. I decided to try the rebuild route. Drilled out posts as you recommended. The PTC looked ok. However, the additional switch was impeding the free return of latch shaft. I was able to check for smooth surfaces and lubricate with silicon spray. Reassembled, tested operation before installing, then put all back together.
      So far, we have run two loads of wash. Working Great.
      More important, I have a very happy wife who does not have to struggle to open the door latch.

  9. I have a WD802M that is about 20 years old. Mine stopped working during the drying cycle. Your photos about going through the seal was great. Splendide did send me a flow chart and a wiring diagram but the photos were a great help. I had melted wires and the dryer side of the switch had melted at the contacts.

    My seal did not have the spring and after all these years was difficult to remove. I opened the little bends at the end and got the seal back in place then routed the wire back in the groove and then was able to rehook the ends.

    I also did a search for the Training Manual and was able to find it and down load it, will be a great help in the future. If someone else is looking for it do a Google search, several popped up and I was able to find the one I needed.

    Not sure if it is repaired, going to run it through a cycle to try but it’s on the road to recovery.

    • Paul, glad to hear it’s on the road to recovery! Thanks for reporting your experience and info on the manuals, that is sure to prove helpful to others. Best of luck!

  10. I found training manuals online when mine started having trouble. Its great itgives you the full diagram, how to test, what the values should be, etc. Mine isnt back running correctly yet but will be soon. the door latch can cause the entire machine to shut down

  11. This post was exactly what we needed to read. The narrative was amusing, and the photos were so helpful. Thank you for saving us money and time .Our Splendid 2000 (model WD802) also enjoyed hy-jacking our clothes and holding them hostage. Very frustrating indeed! After reading your post, we chose the safer and more difficult option #1. There were other issues and we needed to take the machine out anyways. My husband was bent over, head leaning to the right, with headlamp on, one foot balancing himself on the upper sink cabinet, other foot almost in the sink, his rear almost touching the light fixture that is above the sink, has the two wires to interrupt the switch (for our model, it was blue & brown) in his mouth, electrical tape in his hand…. all this happening at the same time….while I read aloud your instructions in your post to bypass that switch! What a sight to see! Lol. We got it done. Tested it by drying some clothes, and the door open right away. Yay!

    I love my washer/dryer combo by Splendid. With a handyman husband and our 5 year old son, I’m doing wash all the time! It saves my sanity and you helped save my sanity too. Thank you.

  12. Anyone know how to repair the opposite problem? Our door stopped latching. The handle looks to be properly moving the latch in and out, so I’m not sure if the above problem caused some issues with previous owner forcing it open enough to weaken the part the latch closes into. The door goes flush to the opening, but doesn’t catch. Seals are still in proper place. Thanks for any guidance.

  13. Thanks Rob! I just found this post on a search and I had called Splendid yesterday and they told me to jump the brown and Black wires on the switch to see if that fixes the problem. I called a RV service tech and they did not want to work on washers. I followed your directions and it only took me 5-10 minutes and now my washer/dryer is working for the first time since I bought the RV over a year ago. FYI I just spliced the black and brown wires together. Works like a charm!

  14. Model ARWXF129W WARNING!

    Hi All…Just a HEADS UP that this will not work for a ARWXF129W (Washer only) model. Doing this will trash your main control board. I also had the Brown, White, and Red wires. (The White has the 120V on it, Brown is Neutral, and Red is Common for the solenoid.)

    I put the Brown and White together which DID turn on the red LOCK LED so I thought I was good. But alas, that also seems to have then damaged the main control board. I say this for no matter what I did, it would start to do something for 1/4 of a second and stop, wait 5 seconds, and try again…Rinse and Repeat (Pun Intended) And this was the same be it a wash mode or just trying to run the pump to empty. Same thing would happen.

    I called into Westland Sales to speak with their tech on what I had done to it and he said that the model I have, ARWXF129W, can not be bypassed like others could and in doing so sends 120V back to the board and “Poof”.

    So, the $80 for the door lock and now another $320 for the control board and $22 shipping. OPPS! Costly $320 mistake. So….I know this is an old post, but wanted to mention it as others have mentioned the same wire colors but never mention the model numbers…So I wanted to mentioned the model and the warning of what took place to try to help others not to do the same. 🙂

    • David, thanks so much for reporting this and so sorry this happened to you. You are right this is a very old post, but I will add a warning to it regarding not to try the fix on the newer models. Thank you and good luck.

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