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Make sure the door is closed or latched properly. Is the water on?

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When I close the door and push a button, a cycle does not engage. The only thing that happens is the lights on the control panel blink.


Hi
The normal sequence for most dishwasher cycles is first pumping or draining of water from the sump. Then water inlet or intake. Then wash circulation or action etc.

If the first part does not happen, and you can observe left over water in the bowl, then your drain pump is blocked or faulty.

The other item to check initially is the door switch. Make sure when you are closing the door, you can hear the door switch click or engage. Sometimes the door handle mechanism breaks and the lid switch does not engage.

I'm inclined to think that you have an issue with the drain pump. In most cases food particles or brocken glass get lodged in the pump impeller and stops it from turning.
Good Luck
Ash

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De Dietrich dishwasher model DVF300JU2 Child opened door during wash cycle closed door but m/c did not restart,now all lights on! unable to clear/restart, tried to cancel programme by pressing 'Start' for...


try pressing stop or cancel button for 10 full seconds. If this does not work, unplug the machine for 10 minutes. While unpluged, press and hold cancel or stop but for 10 seconds, then plug machine back in. If it still does not work, test the door switch with an ohmmeter to make sure the door switch is not faulty.

Jul 12, 2010 | De Dietrich Dishwashers

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Dishwasher stops during cycle and full of dirty water


you are having a problem with your door latch.the unit may not be staying closed or the latch strike is not in position to engage the door switches.
check the metal bracket just where the door closes and try to bend it downward , closer to the door and see if this helps to keep it working.

Jan 20, 2010 | Dishwashers

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Kenmore dishwasher ultra was quiet guard 3 model 56516012403 control panel will not activate red lights blinking on normal wash and cancel drain. did the hold the heat dry button then the normal wash...


that would be model # 66516012403 correct??
you may have inadvertently set the lock on function..
check this out from your manual...

Lock On
Use the Lock On to prevent unintended use of the dishwasher
between cycles. You can also use the lock feature to prevent
unintended cycle or option changes during a cycle.
When LOCK ON is lit, all buttons are disabled.
NOTE: The dishwasher door can be opened while the controls
are locked. However, the lock must be turned off and the Start/
Resume button pressed to resume the cycle.
To turn on the Lock
Press and hold HEATED DRY for 4 seconds. LOCK ON glows.
If you press any pad while your dishwasher is locked, the light
flashes 3 times.
NOTE: If the Heated Dry option is selected, the light will
temporarily turn off until Lock On glows.
To turn off the Lock
Press and hold HEATED DRY for 4 seconds. The light turns off.

hope this helps,
best of luck,
ttfn

Oct 25, 2009 | Kenmore 15912 Built-in Dishwasher

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My clean light is flashing....call service to check heater?


f 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. Check the element for damage (burnt/shorted).

To clear the flashing light 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).

Mar 05, 2009 | Kenmore 24 in. 16032 Built-in Dishwasher

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Maytag MDB-3 won't start, display flashes


Hold down the lighted "3" for five seconds to unlock the child safety lock

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Kitchenaid dishwasher mdl: kud101t jbt0


try the reset button sequence.. described in that other post about the clean light blinking.. that will reset the whole machine..

tpug

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Latch problem...?


Make sure nothing is blocking the latch or the door.

Jun 03, 2008 | Kenmore 24 in. 16539 Built-in Dishwasher

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