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"Clean light" keeps blinking; dishwasher won't start new cycle

The green "clean" light just keeps blinking. If I push all the right buttons to start a new cycle, the dishwasher won't start a new cycle. Instead the clean light just keeps blinking? Any ideas? I have a Kenmore Engergy Star Dishwasher model number 665.16023402 that has the clean light blinking continuelly. It mades no differance what I do it will not strat a new cycle.

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  • Anonymous Sep 27, 2008

    I HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME ISSUE

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008

    same problem
    anyone have a solution?
    Please help.

  • B-52 Jan 09, 2009

    kenmore dishwasher model 665-16029401 "clean light" keeps blinking..prior to this, after a wash cycle, dishes were not clean and not dry.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    the dishwasher wont start. the "START AUTO" light blinks steady

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    complete light keeps blinking and wouldn't start

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I had the same problem and was told to unplug the dishwasher, wait, and then plug it back in. That didn't work; but I decided to try again. So I unplugged the dishwasher, wiggled the heating element in the bottom, made sure it was in the right position, and replugged the dishwasher. Eureka! It works. Sure glad I didn't pay $70 plus whatever for a Sears housecall.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

It says in the manual to check the heating element.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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