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Clean Light is flashing

I have a Kenmore model 665. 1602 stock number 16023. The clean light is flashing and the unit will not start. The troubleshooting section of the manual says to call a service tech to check the heater circuit. Does anyone have any other information on this problem?

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  • bsokol99 Jul 25, 2008

    I have a Kenmore model 665. 1602 stock number 16023. The clean light is
    flashing and the unit will not start. The troubleshooting section of
    the manual says to call a service tech to check the heater circuit.
    Does anyone have any other information on this problem?

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If the clean light flashes 7 times, pauses, then repeats...

When the dishwasher doesn't sense a water temperature increase, it will stop working and lock the functions (clean light flashes 7 times, all buttons are non responsive). It does this as a safety in case the element is broken and feeding electrical current into the water.

To resolve this you will have to reset the console. Do this by closing the door and press these buttons in sequence...

-high temp wash
-heated dry
-high temp wash
-heated dry

...all the lights will turn on briefly and the machine will start a diagnostic cycle. You can press cancel or let the diagnostic cyle finish (1-2 minutes).
You should now be able to run the dishwasher as normal.

If the issue returns, you could have a problem with the heating circuit (ie. element, thermostat or wiring). It rarely happens but it could also be the door switch not engaging properly when the door is closed (slightly bend the door latch down making sure it doesn't hit the door when you close it).

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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