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When I push the start button on my dishwasher, the "hold 3 sec" light blinks but nothing happens and no other buttons work.

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It sounds like the control panel is locked. See if one of the buttons says lock and hold it down for at lest 3 seconds. If the control is locked, that should unlock it. Its a child safety feature.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

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SOURCE: Normal Light Blinking - Dishwasher not working

I HAD THIS SAME PROBLEM. TRY PUSHING THIS SEQUENCE OF BUTTONS: HEATED DRY, NORMAL, HEATED DRY, NORMAL. THIS RESET MY PANEL AND IT IS WORKING NORMALLY NOW. I FOUND THIS SUGGESTION ON ANOTHER SITE.

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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. 

Posted on Mar 22, 2008

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SOURCE: Maytag dishwasher won't start

"unlock" the machine by pressing on '3' and holding for a few seconds. Thats what it says on the back of my dishwasher which is the exact same model.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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SOURCE: blinking clean light

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 cycle 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 03, 2009

SOURCE: control panel lights blinking

I have the same dishwasher with the same problem, try pushing the delay/resume button, then the drain/off button. When the lights go off start your wash cycle.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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