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"Heater Circuit Malfunction" Kenmore 16033

I have a Kenmore Dishwasher 16033. While under warranty, the clean light would flash when I tried to start a cleaning cycle. I called and was given a series of buttons to push on the dishwasher to clear the problem (like "Pots and Pans" and "Heated Dry" back and forth 3 times each). Of course, I didn't write down the procedure and the dishwasher is no longer under warranty. Does anyone know what I need to press to avoid a service call?

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  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    Yes same problem. Your fix corrected it. THANKS!



  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2009

    Hey Thanks I have a Kenmore 1702 and the sequence was hi temp,heated dry,high temp,heated dry or vice versa. and WAH_LA
    I was so excited that the sequence worked cause the repair people said 75 bucks just to look or 200 bucks for a plan.


  • Jay FLoyd May 28, 2012

    I have Kenmore Mod. 1601; hit "HiTemp Wash" and "Heated Dry" buttons 2 times fixed the problem. Thanks a lot for the solution.

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    smhoward10 Aug 01, 2012

    This sequence caused the board to light up all at once and bingo, we r on!!!! Thank you so much for the help. The power of the computer exceeds a maintenance call.

  • Tony McMAhon May 13, 2013

    One more saved consumer - thank God for the internet. I even had the control panel opened - no need, just do the button sequence and all fixed!!!

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Lynn, on the newer boards the key dance is heated dry-normal-heated dry-normal. On the older boards it was high temp-air dry-high temp-air dry. Don't know if yours has been changed or not..Catriver...post back.

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Ditto here!  Same blinking light.  Repair guy said we need new computer board and heating circuit for $350 (and it cost me $60 to get this BS assessment).  I just tried the button sequence and ... wah lah! ... all better.  THANK YOU!!!

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Oh my god! Thanks so much! I cant believe that it worked.
Those %$6#'s would have charged me hundreds! Its so wrong!

I called and was told that the heating element should be repaired. So i ordered a new one myself, installed it and still had the issue until your help!

Thanks so much!!!!!

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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In the Kenmore quietguard4 the sequence is - heated dry * Hi temp * heated dry * Hi temp .

Posted on May 08, 2009

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I have a QuietGuard 3. The sequence Hi Temp, Heated Dry two times initiated a "lock on" so I tried reversing it to Heated Dry then Hi Temp (twice) and now my machine is operating normally. Thanks so much for this helpful, money saving information!

Posted on Nov 23, 2010

  • Macie Symanski Nov 26, 2011

    OMG I have a quietGuard4 & I tried your sequence & it worked!!! Thank you Soooo much you just saved me anywhere from $170 to $300 and at Christmas time too. I love the internet!! Thank you again Macie

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Worked for me on a Kenmore 665 Ultra Wash. I used the heated dry - normal - heated dry - normal sequence. It went into Quick Rinse for some reason after that, so I hit Cancel/Drain (which took longer than I thought it would to finish). Then I set it for the cycle I wanted (Smart Wash) and hit Start. It's running now! Thank you!

Posted on Oct 12, 2011

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Thank you for this solution, it just save us 260.00 dollars!!! Did it this morning and it worked...........ahhh clean dishes:)

Posted on Nov 04, 2009

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Thank you so very much for posting this solution. I have an Inglis built in dishwasher that went on the blink ("clean" light kept blinking) and the "heated dry - normal - heated dry - normal" key sequence fixed the issue immediately!

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This works!!! Thank you so much. I have a whirlpool and it worked on mine as well. I thought I was going to have to pay for service also!!!

Posted on Feb 07, 2011

You are the BEST! I was just online looking for the heating element to purchase and came across your advice. My husband walked over, entered the sequence and WHA LAAA, it started again. THANK YOU! You are wonderful for sharing this great info!

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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  • jmtonna Dec 05, 2010

    Many many thanks!! I am so appreciative for this advice. You are a great individual for thinking of others. May someone re-pay you the favour soon.

  • cozzini73 Mar 17, 2011

    thanks everyone! fixed my dishwasher problem, also saved me 100's in repair cost WOO HOO

  • W Kotlar Feb 22, 2013

    Wow! Thanks for the tip! the heated dry, normal sequence worked for a Whirlpool!

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We ran into the flashing CLEAN light problem and check out the manual. Of course it said we should call for service ... Sears is making a killing if people are actually following through with them ... we hung up on them after they wanted to charge us $60 to look at it and $200 to fix. Thankfully, we found this suggestion and it worked like a champ. Thanks for sharing this tip.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

Thanks for posting the info. The heated dry-normal-heated dry-normal worked great for me. Thanks again. Jeremy socal

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