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Kenmore Ultra Wash, Smart Wash light blinking red.

The last time we used our dishwasher was about 3 or 4 days ago and all seemed fine. Over the past few days I've been in the kitchen numerous times, and never noticed any blinking lights on the dishwasher. I come home from a Mothers Day dinner for my mother-in-law and discover that the Smart Wash led is flashing and the timer is set to 2 dashes (--). Nothing in the kitchen seemed out of the ordinary - all the clocks were still set. Thinking some kind of power trip anyways, I reset the breaker in the basement. This didn't solve it. Pressing any buttons seems to get the Quick Rinse led to flash along with the Smart Wash led. Pressing cancel will turn alternate the timer from displaying (--) to nothing. Apon reseting the circuit, the dishwasher briefly turns on, makes the sound like its draining, the Smart Wash light will remain solid for aprox 30 seconds, then start blinking. We had tried turning the power off to that circuit for about 5 minutes, with the same results above.
The control panel shows that it's an Ultrawash, QuietWash model 4, with Smartwash.

Modes:

Smart Wash
Anti-Bacterial
Pots
Normal
China
Quick Rinse

Hi-Temp Scrub
Sani-Rinse
Air Dry

Delay
Cancel

The sticker on the door reads:

Stock: 16532
Type: 575-0
Model: 16532200

I had attempted to find the error codes for this unit online to no avail. Any help on getting this solved will be great, as right now the dishwasher is half full and we cant run it.

Carlo

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: LIGHTS FLASHING ON THE PANEL

If the reset procedure (those buttons you pressed) didn't work, it's because the machine is still reading a fault. It could be a few things... water temperature too low (indicating a bad heating element), partial blockage of the drainage hose, or something preventing the spray arm from spinning. If letting it sit for a while allows it to start again, I suggest you do that. It will stop again and the lights will start blinking. When it does, open it up immediately and see how much standing water there is. If there is a lot, look for a blockage in the drainage hose. That's the most likely, I think, because it makes sense that it would work again once the water slowly drained. If there isn't much water, then see if the water that is there is hot. If it's not, then it's the heating element. Checking for movement of the sprayer arm is a bit trickier, as it won't be moving while the thing is open. Though, if the first two are not the problem, there's a good chance that is. Or, of course, it could be a malfunctioning control panel giving false errors. There's really no way to test for that, unfortunately - but I don't think it's acting like that is the problem.

Posted on Sep 11, 2007

SOURCE: Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher - Blinking Quick Rinse Light

My guess is that the foil that the buttons are mounted to is defective.  The control module "reads" the buttons that are pushed by the fact that the resistance between two pins on the circuitboard becomes zero ie. your pushing the button shorts out two pins.  the foil could have moistire damage or the resiistance of the tracks could be too high.  Solution for both would be to replace the control panel button foil.

Posted on Oct 17, 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: Kenmore 665 dishwasher blinking clean light

you'll need to enter a diagnostic mode, press in this order, hi-temp(sani-rinse)----heated dry--hitemp---heated dry... all lights should light, close door and let cycle for about a min, after press the cancelbutton, you should be good to go, the buttons on your model may read slighty different names, if this "toggle of buttons" does not work, you can remove thelower access panel and htere willl be a tech sheet/trouble shoooter behind the panel, in there it will explain how to enter diag/test mode

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

Daniel S
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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore elite

Hi


If clean light is blinking then it may be an issue with heater circuit, door switch or wash pump, please reset the power to the dishwasher. After, 5 minutes check if you are still getting the same error. If yes, then it is a water heating fault. To resolve this error try pressing this reset sequence-- Heat Dry - Normal - Heat Dry - Normal or High Temp - Air Dry - High Temp - Air Dry or Hi Temp Scrub, energy saver dry, Hi Temp Scrub, energy saver dry. Now let the unit run for 2-3 minutes and then you press the Cancel/Drain button and allow it to completely drain and reset. If this doesn't work then it's an issue with the wash pump not pumping the water past the heater efficiently or due to lack of water to heat. Please make sure that heater is not open circuited and is heating the water efficiently. You'll have to check the heater using a multimeter; the meter should read between 3000 to 3300 ohms (Use multimeter on Rx1 ohm setting). If heater is fine then make sure water pressure is optimum and fill valve is working fine. Hope this helps... Please post back if you need more information.


Daniel

Posted on Jun 19, 2011

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