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Dishwasher lights blink and latch sticks

The lock light cycles through blinking, being on, and off, about every 5 seconds, and the and no heat dry and normal wash lights cycle through being on and off. I have tried the reset and diagnostics and turning off the circuit breaker. I am wondering if the latch is sticking; it seems different than before, though I am not sure about this. I depress the latch into the handle to close, and it pops out when closed. However, if I depress the latch then release it, it stays up in the handle. Now when thinking about it, since the latch is in the proper position when closed, could this even be involved in this problem?

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  • vickilua80 Sep 30, 2009

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Please specifiy the model. Thanks.

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