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The salt light keeps burning

I have just installed a new dishwasher and aded water and salt and everything as required (not the first time i have used one of these)The salt light keeps burning, even if there is enough salt and water. Any ideas?

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The salt light is done by a reed switch operated by a float in the salty water. float may be stuck - give softener (where you put in the salt) a tap and also stir the water inside the softener. i assume you have put in enough salt. its not a serious fault

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