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JSROCK - Per your tip below I reset my Kenmore 15879 dishwasher ... then I got 3 more cycles before I had to reset it, then 2 more cycles and a reset, and now I can't get it to complete a cycle ....
Is it a circuit board or what? The clean light Blinks 7 times, pauses and starts blinking again. Any ideas?

The blinking "clean light" is a common problem with some of the Kenmore and Whirlpool models dishwashers. The problem is usually attributed to water supply temperatures being too low when filling. Apparently, there are some issues with the temperature sensing circuits in some dishwashers that causes an error code to be generated if a certain water temperature is not achieved in a specified time interval (this time may differ between models). There is a reset sequence that you can try to clear the fault. Push the NORMAL WASH then HEATED DRY buttons in that sequence two to three times. The unit will enter diagnostics mode, but can be stopped by pressing the CANCEL button. This will clear any existing faults and should return the dishwasher to normal operation.

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  • todyve4 Jun 23, 2008

    JSROCK - I have the tech sheet but can not find error codes on it (Part no. is 8524517 for the Tech Sheet). Of course the dishwasher is running now (for 30+ minutes) so I'll have to wait and see if/when it stops again.

    Any idea why it seems to be intermitant?

  • todyve4 Jun 24, 2008

    Jsrock - I got one cycle on normal with no dishes in it and hte kick plate removed. Put the kick plate back on, loaded up the dishwashwer (lightly), put it on normal cycle and it ran for 18 minutes before the clean light started flashing 7 times, paused for 2 seconds, and kept on flashing, draining itself in the process.

    Can you tell when this machine was built from the serial number (FL4313415)?

    How do I tell which of the possible reasons (failed heating element, in line thermostat, electronic control board and/or wiring, the main wash pump clogged) is the culprit and which would you look at/ in what order?

    Many thanks in advance

  • todyve4 Jun 24, 2008

    I'll break out my multimeter ... I guess I'll start with the heating element.

  • todyve4 Jun 25, 2008

    I couldn't find my multimeter, so I took the bottom of the unit apart and found several pieces of glass stuck in the impeller. I put it back together and ran it empty and it did a full cycle OK. I'll try with dishes this evening ans see what happens.

  • newulmeagle Jun 25, 2008

    Let me ask you this, please. My Kenmore Ultrawash QuietGuard 4 (16039) is also flashing 7 times, but this is the second noticeable change. The first is the noise. When we bought this unit it was super quiet, gradually it got loud when running, when it finally quit and wouldn't start I noticed the 7x blinking symptom.  Could the two be linked? Could abad pump cause the 7x blink sequence? Thanks!

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    How do you change the heating element in the Kenmore dishwasher 16039?

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    The solution I was posted was for a common problem that many consumers were experiencing that appeared to be a problem, but was actually attributed to something minor. This Tip was also to assist in clearing the fault code to return the unit to operation. Now...if the dishwasher actually has a fault, the dishwasher will fault and tell you by the number of lights in the blinking sequence. Decyphering the blinking light error code will tell you how to trouble shoot the problem. Have you removed the lower panel under the dishwasher door? There is usually a tech sheet located behind the lower panel, or along the interior wall under the dishwasher, that describes all the error codes. Take a look and see if you can find it. If not, post back and let me know.

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I got the blinking clean light x 7 and I ended up resetting the unit and everything was fine thereafter. You can reset the unit by pressing "heat dry" followed by "normal" forllowed by "heat dry" and lastly "normal." Dishwasher reset and went through a 16 minute cycle. After that, it ran fine. here is a linked that helped me.

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Here's what I could find on the your error code:

A blinking clean light that flashes 7 times and cannot be reset, occurs when the electronic control does not detect a water temperature increase during the main wash. This could be an indication of a failed heating element, in line thermostat, electronic control board and/or wiring. This problem can also occur if the main wash pump becomes clogged and it not spraying sufficiently. I hope this helps you.

PS A faulty door latch can also cause this error code.

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  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jun 24, 2008

    According to your serial number, your dishwasher was manufactured in October of 2001. As far as a failed part is concerned, it is hard to determine without knowing the results of troubleshooting any of the components. More commonly, the heating element and/or thermostat goes bad, but you need to be able to prove the components as defective. There should some advice in the tech sheet that details how to troubleshoot your heating circuits. Have you taken any measurements, or attempted any torubleshooting efforts?

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jun 26, 2008

    That was one of the first things mentioned in paragraph one of my solution. I had assumed you had already checked the pump impeller. If the pump is clogged it will not spray water sufficiently. Lets hope this resolves your problem.

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    Jeff Rockwell Jun 28, 2008

    Newulmeagle, check your main wash pump reservoir to ensure it is clear of debris. In many cases the intake to the pump and chopper assembly becomes clogged and can cause excessive noise as well as low pump pressure which could result in the error code you are getting. I hope this answers your question.

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