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Kenmore ultra wash quiet guard 3 dishwasher problem

I have a Kenmore Ultra wash Quiet Guard 3 dishwasher and the green flashing light that states its clean stays on and stays flashing. I have turned off the breaker , hoping it will reset its self and the light still stays on I can not even get it to start a wash cycle. please help.

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  • txqueenb1 Jun 23, 2008

    I have a Kenmore ultra dishwasher and the washing light is blinking and i can't get it to start a new cycle. I don't have the heated wash button, so the sequence won't work. I did push sequence wash / air drylock buttons and all it does is cause the quick wash button to blink.
    The buttons I have are :
    under cycles
    pots/pans, normal wash, water miser, china gentle, quick rinse
    under options
    high temp wash, sani rinse, air dry.
    DO you have a solution to reset my dish washer?


  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    I have the same problem. Any solutions?

  • itworked Aug 24, 2008

    I had the same problem as tulu93's and jeanlea's 4 button sequence worked! Thanks so much Fixya!!

  • zipsunsrasca Aug 25, 2008

    Tried the sequence and the dishwasher runs for a short amount of time (5-10 min), and goes back to the clean light blinking.

  • Anonymous Aug 29, 2008

    Same problem here but the sequence fixed it. THANKS!

  • jrobles2708 Sep 03, 2008

    no lights on or flashing and will not turn on

  • ericg647 Sep 16, 2008

    I have the Ultra Wash Quiet guard 4 model. The "Clean" green indicator light flashes 7 (seven ) times, pauses, then flashes 7 times again. It will not start despite having unplugged and replugged it in. Any idea what the problem is or how to reset it??? Thank you in advance!

  • Anonymous Oct 18, 2008

    the sequence worked!! Awesome.

  • CallTheMan Nov 27, 2008

    Exact same problem here. The sequence seems to have fixed it -- which is a good thing seeing that we have family coming for Thanksgiving today!

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    thank you thank you thank you!! worked like a charm....was ready to pull my hair out!! or the little left that my husband has!! :-)

  • marcie12_04 Jan 01, 2009

    i had the same problem of the clean light flashing - i used the 4-button sequence and it worked - awesome - I didn't want to pay for a service call!

  • L4IQ Jan 02, 2009

    I have a Kenmore Ultra wash Quiet Guard 3 dishwasher and the green flashing light that states its clean stays on and stays flashing. I can not even get it to start a wash cycle. please help.



    What is the button sequence that everyone is talking about that clears this?



    Thank you.

  • sugavkmn Mar 20, 2009

    I just saw this sequence trick! I'm gonna try it for sure.



    I'm wondering if I need to press the 4 buttons simultaneously or one at a time, in that order...?

  • bethr828
    bethr828 Aug 23, 2012

    W just moved into a rental that has the Kenmore Ultrawash Quietguard 3. The sequencee

  • luannolson
    luannolson Sep 02, 2012

    did you ever get an answer I have the same problem just have air dry

  • candyman Aug 12, 2013

    it works ...hopefully lol

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    There are not any display lights when turned on but it still washes

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    has power. will not run. wash indicator light is flashing.

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Lately, when using the dishwasher it leaks water everywhere. It comes right under the main front panel. Could be the water level getting to high because the base isn't draining well or the rubber lining?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    water everywhere on floor when running wash

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Call sears, 1-800-4MY-HOME. They have a trouble-shooting department that will get rid of this problem. It is caused by water temperature being wrong at the start of the cycle.... blah, blah, blah. The representative will tell you to push a certain set of buttons in a certain order and that unlocks the dishwasher.

Sorry I don't know the sequence

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  • JeanLea Jul 01, 2008

    QuietGuard3: Clean light flashing 7 times? Press Heated Dry, press Normal Wash, then press Heated Dry again and press Normal Wash again (that's 4 button-presses) and that should fix it.

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    Regina Roberts Feb 02, 2014

    thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it worked

  • Jennifer Williams
    Jennifer Williams Jul 28, 2014

    It worked! Thank you soooo much!!!!

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D'oh!!! Found the magic 4 button sequence that resets the dishwasher at this site. Dang, the dishwashers even have computers/brains now. The sequence is press Heated Dry, then Normal Wash, then Heated Dry again and finally Normal Wash again. Basically turning both on and then turning them off. Then ALL THE LIGHTS on the dishwasher came on. Looked like a x-mas tree. Hitting the cancel button cleared it.

It still left me with the blinking green clean light but I did "the 4 button sequence" again, waited several minutes with all the lights on and then hit the cancel and now my dishwasher is able to work again. YEAH!!!

Note: I did clean out underneath the filter (required 2 tools) which had some stuff it it but that didn't fix the problem by itself. May help in the long though. I also found the manual and it said the blinking green clean light is a problem in the heating coil (or a water temperature problem) and suggested calling service. Point is, it the blinking green light returns again, you might actually need service to deal with the real problem that's triggering the flashing green light. Nite and good luck.

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Drinks on me! You saved us a $65 service call, not to mention no dishwasher for three/four days until the repairman can get here. Thanx for the "secret" codes - heated dry then normal wash ... heated dry then normal wash.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

The sequence of "Press Heated Dry, press Normal Wash, then press Heated Dry again and press Normal Wash again (that's 4 button-presses)" worked for us. Many thanks!

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  • r3dbird Sep 13, 2010

    It worked!!!! Thank you so much :)

  • a971 Oct 29, 2010

    it worked for me too!!!!

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    Glenn Overy Feb 08, 2011

    Thank you for posting this information! I hate hand washing dishes. You are a life saver.

  • Mel9966 Jun 20, 2011

    The internet is absolutely amazing! Had exact same problem and Google directed me here. Would have never guessed it would be so easy to fix! Thank you so much for this website!!!

  • Amber Quinn Nov 21, 2011

    Yay!! I worked for me too!! Thank you!

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    gellis1976 Jan 13, 2012

    Worked for me!!

  • paul Jan 30, 2012

    Holy hell It worked for me as well. thanks for the solution

  • paul Jan 30, 2012

    holy hell it worked thanks

  • Erin Apr 09, 2013

    AWESOMENESS

  • Donna Harris Jul 08, 2013

    Wowie Zowie! It worked. I thought it was dead this time! But it's back to life

  • candyman Aug 12, 2013

    i tryed that lets hope it will work

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Have kenmore quietguard3 ultra wash dishwasher. have the same problem with green light flashing and cannot run the dishwasher. would appreciate help w/o having to call repair. thanks. i see something about a sequence? thanks!

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Help! Mine is locked and i cant get it to do anything. Heated dry and normal wash are lit but so is lock on and the start button is flashing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010

  • kali Jul 16, 2013

    Many thanks! I m so happy

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Yes thank you very much, your 4 sequence code is awesome, just what a busy parent like me needed to get my dishwasher jump started.

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The tech used the same code on ours. He said it is from running dishwasher while using sink. Not being able to drain properly is the cause. To avoid it don't use sink while dw is trying to drain.

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I have a kenmore ultra quietguard 3 and the clean light is flashing. I do not have heat dry option on my dw just air dry is that what i should use for the 4 code sequence instead of heat dry? I want to correct the problem! I tried using the air dry and going normal wash air dry, normal wash and then air dry but nothing! Do i need to unplug the dw and try again or what? Help!!!

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    Many thanks! I'm so happy!

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Press Heated dry, normal wash, heated dry, and normal wash again. Worked for us. Saved us a service call. You would think they would have that in the manual. Guess they need the servical money. Dishwasher is probably preprogrammed to do that after 3 years or so.

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    Thanks!!!! I m so happy!!!

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The sequence totally worked and now I'm my parents favourite child!!! Well I'm the only child but still.....brownie points!
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Totally worked for me, too...thanks for the info! :) Saved me a lot of time and money.

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