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Kenmore dishwasher Lock-On light flashing, will not start

I have a Kenmore Elite, Model # 665 stock # 15979. The Lock-On light flashes but the unable to Un-Lock it. When I press Canel both lights flash, unable to canel it unless I open the door. when I reclose it the Lock-On flashes. How do I reset it, tried disconnecting power still does the same. What can I do now other than call Services Pete

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    Lock-on light is on and it wont start

  • Anonymous Jan 23, 2008

    Yes, the lock won't disengage. Even if I push the start bottom, the locked

    key turns on.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2008

    That is exactly how ours is doing, however pushing the dry button does not seem to help

  • reader2go May 26, 2008

    Hello, I own a Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher model 665. The Lock On light continues to flash red. I reviewed the manual following the instructions of the NO HEAT DRY 'lock button' to hold for 4 seconds to Unlock but this has not worked. The Lock On Light continues to flash red and I'm unable to start a wash cycle. I checked the fuse and all is good. Has anyone found a solution to this issue?

  • pmm42 Jul 17, 2008

    I'm having the same issue, and it doesn't help when I try to disegage the child lock. We've also tried cycling the power, with no results.

  • spettersong Jul 22, 2008

    We own a Kenmore Ultra Wash dishwasher, model 665. The red locked button won't stop flashing. It says to hold the NO HEAT DRY button for 4 seconds but it does not do the trick. My dishes need to be washed that are stacked inside. Any other suggestions??

  • major285 Jul 23, 2008

    I am having the same problem with the same model as being described. I have held the no heat dry button for 4 seconds the lock on light quit flashing. It still would not let me push start to begin the wash cycle. Within a few seconds it automatically began flashing the lock on again. It just kept alternating the flashing back and forth on its own. Any suggestions? When I hit the cancel button it all cancels. The normal wash button will light up when pushed but will not work or even fill with water.

  • queenvee Sep 03, 2008

    this is the second time I've had this problem. we did not lock the panel in the first place, so it must be a problem with the touch panel itself. I was able to unlock it last time after many, MANY times holding the "no heat dry" button. now we're stuck after 24+ hours trying to unlock it...now calling a repair man. frustrating!

  • tbrat820 Oct 25, 2008

    same problem as the others the lock light came on by its self and wont unlock no matter we do ...how do you fix this ??

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    My lock on light flashes continuously. The last time it did this I was able to get it to work after several times pressing the no heat button. This time it does nothing.

  • getresults Jan 02, 2009

    Same problem - does anyone know what causes it to do this?

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    do i need to replace the control panel?

  • KiiraYueAki Feb 08, 2009

    The same happen to me does anyone know how to get rid of the lock and have the dish washer working again?

    Yue


  • DENNIS HOGAN Mar 24, 2009

    Now the pot n pan light keeps flashing
    when i push it then cancel the machine drains and goes back to flashing lights.


  • afrgr1 May 01, 2009

    KENMORE DISHWASHER LOCK-ON LIGHT WILL NOT CLEAR. RECOMMENDED ACTION (HOLD DOWN NO HEAT PAD) DOES NOT WORK. ANYONE GOT FIX ACTION?

  • Mike Nolan
    Mike Nolan Jun 15, 2014

    Press and hold TOP RACK ONLY button for about 6 seconds, until light goes out.

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Push the heated/dry button on the dishwasher for 4 seconds and that will unlock the dishwasher. This is just a safety feature that allows you to lock the dishwasher to stop kids from pushing buttons.
If that doesn’t’ work they will send out a tech to fix it.

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    Mike Nolan Jun 15, 2014

    Press and hold TOP RACK ONLY button until light goes out.

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I had the same problem and searched the forums for an answer. The simple solution is to press the NO HEAT DRY button for up to 10 seconds - but this didn't work for me. So using a T15 torx wrench I removed the inside panel, and the panel cover to expose the control board. I pulled off, and sprayed WD40 on all 10 plastic fittings and replaced panel. Pressed the cancel button and then all the lights went off. Now I could press the wash cycle selection, dry selection, timer and start. It works!! I read that this is only a temporary fix and may need to be repeated. When this remedy quits working, the control panel can be replaced from searsparts direct for $107.

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  • Jenny Ritter Aug 15, 2013

    Holding the heat dry button for 10 seconds worked for me! thank you SO much!

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The best solution I've found, is to unplug it, pull it away from the wall. Get someone to help you carry it out to the garage. Get the Sears Repair Kit ( 8 pound sledgehammer). Beat the **** out of it until you start feeling better. Then drag it out to the curb for the garbage man. This fix seems to work every time!

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  • Jay Nichols Feb 18, 2013

    Very useful comment Tom. Must be expensive to be you.

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I held down the lock button for 20 seconds or so. It turned off the child lock.

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This is the biggest piece of **** i have ever wasted money on. supposed to be a child lock, guess what, have owned the dishwasher for three months. tried the child lock for the first time and does not lock the door, so child can open door while running and thereby getting a face full of scalding water, but only locks controls. turned it on and now will not unlock. stuck with a major load of thanksgiving dishes. Thanks ONCE AGAIN Sears. You ****

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    Arnel Mar 21, 2012

    Read the instruction manual...child lock feature is for buttons and not to lock the door

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    Arnel Mar 21, 2012

    Once the door opened the machine will stop...

  • Mike Nolan
    Mike Nolan Jun 15, 2014

    Press and hold TOP RACK ONLY button for about 6 seconds.

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Mine is doing this.. I found on the internet it could possibly be the thermostat.. it locks down when the water temp isn't properly regulated.

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A small nail and a hammer fixed mine, I tapped the nail into the lock on light and it killed the light. Following the press and hold for 10 seconds and turning off the breaker didn't work. After trying all other recommend solutions, I was ready to toss the dishwasher, so I figured what have I got to lose. The dishwasher came with the fixer upper house we just bought so I have no idea how long since it was used. I have run it thru all cycles and it work"s great
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Sometimes it just that the child lock feature has gotten turned on. You have to turn it off. Nothing to troubleshoot, it's just a feature the user may not be familiar with. On our machine you press the 'Top Rack Only' button for 3 seconds to turn it on and off.

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I have a Kenmore Elite, Model # 665 stock # 15979. The Lock-On light flashes but the unable to Un-Lock it. When I press Canel both lights flash, unable to canel it unless I open the door


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