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Kenmore 16039 - "Clean" light is flashing & dishwasher won't start

We have a Kenmore 16039. I washed a load of dishes and when the cycle completed, the "Clean" light blinks. The dishwasher will not start when I press the Start button. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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  • Bordelon Jun 15, 2008

    Seems to have worked! thanks!!

  • robreal3 Aug 05, 2008

    my son opened the dishwasher before it was finished. Now the green clean light blinks and the dishwasher will not start.

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Watch the light closely. If it blinks 7 times then pauses, this indicates a heater or door latch issue.
Press the following buttons in sequence: Hi Temp Wash, Heated Dry, Hi Temp Wash, Heated Dry.
If this doesn't work, check the tech sheet. (should be stuck to inside of the bottom toe panel)

All lights should illuminate then a diagnostic sequence will start.
Listen carefully, as soon as you hear the water begin to fill, open the door and feel the heater. if cold, check the heater for continuity (should be around 10ohms)
Also, bend the door catch on the dishwasher tub downward, this will engage the door latch better. Don't bend too far as it will hit the door while closing.

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I had the same problem .I fixed it by unpluging the strip that goes to the buttons from the circutboard and pluging it back in.

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