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Cannot get lock button to go off

All lights light up including lock button. the dishwasher may run for 15 min. or 1 hour. cannot get it to run a normal cycle. sometimes it comes on and drains and then i can't get it started for several hours.

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Re: cannot get lock button to go off

1. possible timer issue.
2. motor wear. the motor may be heat protected. if it is worn, or the pump it is attached to is worn, it may overheat. when that happens it shuts off until it cools down. if there are sufficient sensors and boards, some appliances will send information to the timer of an interrupt, which might reset the cycle.
3. drain plugged. if water does not pump out, the rinse cycle will continue to run on many units. this can relate to a general pump problem as well as a plug. inspect the hose for kinks and if it goes to an air gap at the sink, it may be plugged there. lift of the chrome dome, there is a cap at the top of the device you can see once the chrome dome is off. then, put a bowl over the air gap with a towel around the gap on the back side only so the water does not run onto the counter (if you care) and then run the rinse cycle if you can and let the pump out run directly to the sink. that will clear a clog. often clogs come to the top of the air gap, hit the cap and stay there. when you open the cap to inspect, you may not see the plug, as it drops back down the hose until pump is pushing water up the hose again. lawn sprinklers have the same problem sometimes. the clog drops down when you remove the sprinkler to see why its clogged.

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