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Keeps flashing clean and will do nothing else!

I loaded the dishwasher one day and hit start before i left im pretty sure i remember the dishwasher starting when i came home and started to unload the dishes were still dirty and the dishwasher was flashing clean. Now it will not start or do anything else but flash clean. i tried hitting drain/cancel and it sounds like it will drain but thats it. please help me

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  • jml313 Nov 09, 2007

    Mine started doing the same thing today. I have NO clue how to fix it.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    My Jenn-Air JDB8910AWQ has the same problem. Since last night I can't get it going anymore no matter what I try. By pushing buttons, I can make certain lights to blink, but nothing will make the dishwasher to start up again. I need immediate help. I can't do without my dishwasher.

  • Fairyliquid Dec 22, 2007

    loaded dishwasher and tried to programme but light just keeps flashing and nothing else happens!

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    My dishwasher is flashing CL. It will turn on but no water is running to it.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    Same problem. It sounds like it starts, but there is no water running. I can't find the manual and it doesn't seem like it is available online.



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SOURCE: Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher LIghts are blinking....

I just read this for the same problem: push sanitize, then heat and dry, sanitize, heat and dry, sanitize, heat and dry, cancel, then open and close the door. It worked. The dishwasher is running correctly even as I type this. 

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I had this problem too & found the discharge hose was clogged. To fix it I had to pull out the diswasher , disconnect the drain hose and blow it out.

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SOURCE: dishwasher does not drain

If you cannot get the diswasher to drain there is some obstruction in the drain line going to the disposal. First turn the power off to the diswasher at the breaker panel then open doors under sink and follow drain line to the disposal there you will find a hose clamp(silver) that you must loosten with a flat blade screw driver ( get a bucket under the disposal) pull the drain line loose and dump out excess water and debris inspect area going into the disosal to make shure it is not clogged up

reverse your proceedure and reconnect the drain

Before trying the dishwasher take some ice cubes and run thewater then put in disposal and turn on that should clean the disposal

try your dishwasher I forgot to mention that theri is a strainer at the bottom of you dishwasher that you can remove to be sure it is not clogged up I assume that you have aready checked that

good luck

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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SOURCE: Clean light flashes constanly. Won't clear out to start new cycle

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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SOURCE: ''clean'' light flashing (whirlpool Dishwasher GU2300XTLS1 model)

I had the same problem recently and a repair person came to my home to fix the dishwasher. He said he had to reset the control panel. He did this simply by making sure the soap dispenser door inside the washer was closed, then making sure the main dishwasher door was closed and locked. Then he quickly pushed the Heated Dry button and the Hight Temp wash button alternately. He said each button needed to be pushed twice within five seconds. After he did this all the lights on the control panel came on, then turned themselves off before the washer went in to a test cycle. This simple reset fixed the whole problem. Works great so far.

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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