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Kenmore ultra wash dishwasher control lock light flashing

I have an older model Kenmore ultra wash dishwasher model #15805890. The control lock light is flashing. No buttons are working. The dishwasher does not turn on. Any solutions?

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  • erwash Oct 22, 2008

    I have this problem, except that when I hold down the aiir-dry (unlock) button, it doesn't work. The 'lock' light just keeps on flashing, and I can't get the controls working.

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    LOCK LIGHT ON MACHINE WILL NOT GO OFF MACINE WILL NOT START

  • nhp1 Nov 23, 2008

    The lock on button is flashing and the "no heat dry wont make it go out.I've tried several times .

  • mcalhoun77 Dec 04, 2008

    The red light is flashing and pressing and holding the "no heat dry" unlock button is not doing the trick. Something else??? Please help I need my dishwasher back.

  • jlhnblh Feb 04, 2009

    My dish washer is flashing the lock on light and no buttons will work and it wont run.

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    I followed your advice and it worked. Thanks so much!

  • bfranklin Jan 23, 2013

    I had the same problem today and jiggled the handled from open to closed position several times and that worked.

  • M Neff May 15, 2013

    Thank you1 This worked for me! My airdry button is called "No Heat Dry" and I held it for 10-20 seconds and it released the control lock and I was able to start dishwasher again.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

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Just press the 'Air Dry' button for 5-6 seconds....I have an ancient Kenmore Dishwasher (ULTRA)

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    karenkeiller Apr 10, 2012

    My button is called NoHeat Dry, but the solution worked, thanks!!!!

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Had this issue with our Ultra Wash Dishwasher. We've had it 12 years with no problems. Tried the holding different buttons for 4-6 seconds and sequential buttons with no results. Tried cutting power off and then on. No luck.


A solution on another site gave me the idea to disassemble the inside panel of the door (three screws on the sides and 2 at the latch) to lift it from the front, then lifted the black cover off (trigger points at left and right sides) the electrical area to access the door latch assembly. I jiggled that loose from the door to take a look and it was a bit sticky. Instead of using an air compressor, I dipped a soft bristle toothbrush in rubbing alcohol and liberally cleaned all moving parts and crevices. Hold it over a dish to catch the drips. I wiped it dry with a paper towel real good, blew a little over it to help evaporate the alcohol, then began to put it all back together.


As I was assembling it back, I took notice of how (at the top center on the box side) the metal tab will slide up the black plastic bit and snap down to engage the mechanism (white plastic) that pops the handle as you close the door. It is entirely possible that the tension was not enough to snap it far enough down. I adjusted the tab ever so slightly down. We waited a little longer before restoring the power, just to be certain it was completely dry. I am happy to report the light was no longer flashing! I am running a load of dishes as I am writing this note! Good Luck!!!

Posted on Sep 27, 2012

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Thank you thank you everyone on here you made my day!!!! My old kenmore ultra wash lock button would only blink when i would press a button on it. It would not start at all. I pressed the "no heat" button and held it for about 5-6 seconds and walla my dishes are getting cleaned as i speak! thank you all for the good info.

Posted on Oct 08, 2012

Hi jabberr216,

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

Your question is: You have an older model Kenmore ultra wash dishwasher model #15805890. The control lock light is flashing. No buttons are working. The dishwasher does not turn on. Any solutions?

Sure! Someone must have activated the lock. It is next to either the 'air dry' or 'heated dry' button.
Press and hold that button till the lock light goes out. About 6 seconds. That's it. It turns on the same way.

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Harvey your Master Plumber

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

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  • jawagner81 Sep 09, 2012

    What can you do when that solution does not work?

  • b4mindcrime
    b4mindcrime Sep 12, 2012

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I must have an even older model and I pushed the 'no heat dry' button and held it until the control lock light cleared. I was then able to start the wash cycle I wanted.

  • tucsonauctio
    tucsonauctio Sep 20, 2012

    Thank you so much for your information! It worked for me too.

  • wildonesmom
    wildonesmom Nov 27, 2012

    ive done this on mine and it still wont shut the lock off, any other ideas?

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