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Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher. Model 665.15772990

I cannot find my manual for this product. "Lock on" light is flashing along with the "Cancel" light. I tried holding the "NoHeat Dry" button for 4 seconds to unlock it. This does not seem to do anything. I tried unplugging it. No change. Please help with any ideas. Thanks. Bob.

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Re: Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher. Model 665.15772990

This dishwasher is a Piece of Sh...Junk. Throw it out and buy another.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

Re: Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher. Model 665.15772990

There should be a button on the machine with a padlock symbol. Hold it down for 4 seconds to unlock it. If you want to lock it again, hold it down for 4 seconds to turn it on.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007

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Re: Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher. Model 665.15772990

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 let me know and they will send out a tech to fix it.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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