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Dishwasher We are having a problem with our Whirlpool ADP5540 dishwasher. We have just moved into a new house with this model dishwasher and have tried running it on a number of cycles. It always seems to stop part way through and the start button then flashes three times. Any ideas what the problem is or how to fix it?

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  • Kelsco Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks for getting back to us, This model dishwasher only has a control knob for setting the wash cycles, no buttons. Do you know if there is still a reset option for the control knob models? It also appears that there is nothing inside the lower door panel to help us out either.

  • Kelsco Feb 16, 2008

    Thanks again. It turns out that we've been resetting it without realising. We've been holding the start button in until it stops flashing and then trying again. Unfortunately it does exactly the same thing on the next cycle so it seems that a simple resetting doesn't fix the problem.

    We appreciate your help, hopefully you are able to find something on the fault index.

  • Kelsco Feb 18, 2008

    Sorry... they do give a more detailed model number on the side of the door. It is 6 ADP 5540 WH. Thanks

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If this is a blinking "clean light", this is a common problem with some of the Kenmore and Whirlpool models. I believe the problem is attributed to water supply temperatures being too low when filling. Apparently, there are some sensitivity issues with the temperature sensing circuits in some dishwashers. There is a reset sequence that you can try to clear the fault. Push the NORMAL WASH then HEATED DRY buttons in that sequence two to three times. The unit will enter diagnostics mode, but can be stopped by pressing the CANCEL button. This will clear any existing faults and should return the dishwasher to normal operation.

To keep the fault from returning, it is recommended that you run your hot water faucet in the kitchen until it runs hot. This will heat the water in the supply line for the dishwasher (most dishwashers are fed from the kitchen sink supply line). The theory is that if you fill the dishwasher with hot water from the start of the wash cycle instead of the cool water that is normally in the lines (especially if you have a hot water tank located far away from the kitchen), this should satisfy the requirements of the temperature sensing circuits. If the fault reappears, there should be a tech sheet located inside the lower panel under the door that explains what the fault is. The flashing light will be a series of flashes, followed by a pause. If you indeed have a component problem, it will depend on what the flashing light sequence is in determining WHAT component is bad. Let me know if this helps you. Post back with your comments or questions.

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    Jeff Rockwell Feb 16, 2008

    Sorry...I didn't diagnose it correctly the first time. I thought this was going to be an easy one. I'm still looking for the fault index for your model dishwasher. I was able to find out that you can reset it by holding the start button in until the light goes out. Try this a let me know if your problem went away. In the mean time, I'm still looking...

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Feb 18, 2008

    Could you please provide me with an EXACT model number for your dishwasher? The information should be located on a tag located on either the left or right hand side of the tub opening with the door open. I'm still searching for the information you requested, but I'm just not having any luck with the model number "ADP 5540". Double check and post back please.

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