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Kenmore Elite Dishwasher clean light ind flashing and won't start

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher model 665.16262402 has the clean light indicator flashing and it won't let me start a new load. Normally the light is on steady when a load is clean. Once the door is opened and shut again, the light normally goes out. It now flashes 7 times, pauses for a few seconds and then starts the 7 flash cycle again. I've tried pressing every button to cancel it out. I've shut off the power for about 10 minutes hoping any stray trons would go away. I did all what you ar saying and it still flashes 7 times and does the initial check for 2 to 3 minutes then it stops. When I succeed to get it started, then it starts at 60 minutes rather than 86 minutes and it gets down to 39 to 40 minutes and then it stops. We have change the water probe for the temperature and the heater is good, so.... can some help me, even the kenmore repair man could not fix it for me.

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  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

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  • tiberall May 07, 2009

    i have tried this, and many other combinations of buttons with my elite quiet guard, and nothing seems to reset it. the smart wash button keeps flashing.

  • sandy Dec 28, 2011

    Worked like a charm! Thanks!!



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You will have to reset the console. To do this, close 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.

Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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  • hayshoe4 Sep 02, 2010

    thank u so much!!!! we definitely could not afford a repair man right now!!!! i have a dishwasher again!!!!!!!

  • peterrifazio Sep 15, 2010

    Wow this is great. My dishwasher started again and just completed. Let's hope it stays that way. The Manual says to call a technician. I am glad I found this on line first. Thanks so much!!!!

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    Steve Roberts Oct 11, 2010

    I was goin nuts, those dishes don't wash themselves! haha Awesome and easy fix! Thank you...

  • dietcoke13 Feb 10, 2011

    Thank you, thank you. I called the service department today and they were going to charge me a minimum of $125 to come and diagnose the problem. They had no one to answer questions on the phone. Your solution was not only easy, but it worked. Thanks again.

  • ifatrb Apr 03, 2011

    Cannot believe it, but it actually worked! Thank you soooo much!!!

  • tallchristo Jan 25, 2012

    This quick diagnostic self check is well worth doing before calling the service tech out, @ $100. To start. Great tip.

  • Michael Jul 13, 2012

    Thank you very much. Worked like a miracle.

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    triciabasi Jul 16, 2012

    thank you thank you thank you!! arg... i dont have a user manual so this was great. Can anyone send me a link to download the user manual. I have a kenmore ultras wash quietguard standard

  • Patrice Keryk Johnson
    Patrice Keryk Johnson Dec 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness! I was already shopping for anew dishwasher when I decided to google the problem and see if there was a fix! AND ITS FIXEDDDDDDDD! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!

  • Mark Monschein
    Mark Monschein Feb 26, 2013

    I have done this to mine also but have to do it everytime. I also found out that you have to run the hot water in your sink at least 120 f before you start wash.


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Thanks a lot
thank u
It was so easy

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