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The control lock on button will not go off

Hi, the control lock button on my Kenmore Built-in dishwasher model 665.16817 will not turn off thereby disabling the dishwasher

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  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    i cannot turn off the control lock light, even with pressing the No Heat Dry button as specified in the instructions.

  • Ken Roberts
    Ken Roberts Oct 01, 2008

    I have the same problem, the lock on light just blinks, nothing else works

  • Anonymous Oct 02, 2008

    Hi, I, too, have the same problem with the lock out button not going off. Very frustrating!!!

  • Papa E Oct 02, 2008

    I, too, have the same problem with the lock on button on my Kenmore dishwasher Model #17779990. Would appreciate any help you can give.


  • jillynr Oct 11, 2008

    I have the same problem very upsetting

  • jcdevoss6 Oct 16, 2008

    Control lock will not go off.

  • jaypg Feb 07, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Ultra Wash model 15772. Holding the lock button for 4 seconds didn't unlock it. Now only the 2hr delay button comes on and none of the other buttons are responsive. I'm calling our home warranty company. If the appliance guy finds a solution I'll post it.

  • kport Feb 15, 2009

    We have the same problem with our Kenmore 665. We have held the lock button down for 4 seconds and it has not done anything.

  • kirwen Feb 16, 2009

    My Lock button will not disengage even after depressing it for 4-6 seconds. I can't get the dishawasher to start and the couple of times that it has allowed me to unlock and begin a cycle, it stops in the middle of the cycle and the Lock light comes back on.

  • glenmary Feb 21, 2009

    Same problem on an Ultra Wash, control lock will not go off no matter what you push or hold or whatever!!!!!!! Model 15779990


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I've tried the NOHEAT button but I just get a few blinks on the lock light and the problem persists.

Any Ideas?

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Hi stmike1georg

I'm Harvey the Master Plumber.

You want to know how to unlock the controls on your dishwasher?

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