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It doesn't start and clean light flashes Kenmore Elite dishwasher water supply is turned on overfill protection float is able to move up and down freely there are no sudes in dishwasher soap dispenser is not blocked but it doesn't open turbozone spray jets are not blocked

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Thanks for using FixYa. If the clean light flashes, pauses, and then repeats. When the dishwasher doesn't sense a water temperature increase, it stops working and locks the functions (clean light flashes, all buttons are non responsive). It does this as a safety in case the element is broken and feeding electrical current into the water.

To resolve this 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

Please do rate the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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    I thought that I would need a new dishwasher and the above advice worked perfectly and all I had to do was press four buttons. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

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I hope this helps.

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