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Hello, Welcome to FixYa.

Based on your description, "clean light is still on" this is actually an error code as you may or may not know, associated with the heating process. What typically happens is poor water circulation preventing the water from heating properly.


To resolve this, I'd start with the following...the wash pump area. You`ll need to follow these steps to clean it.

1 ) Remove the turbo wash tube if applicable to your model, it pulls off, i.e.
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2 ) Spray arm removal. hold the center nut and spin the arm.
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3 ) Now you can remove the upper spray arm supply tub or referred to sometimes as "rear feed cap".
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4 ) Now you can remove the center nut...

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Then remove the four # 20 torx head screws holding the filter in place, and lift the filter out.

Below the filter you`ll find food debris, undissolved detergent etc, but also a cover with a single #10 torx head screw to remove and the cover will pull straight up and out. the arrows from left to right in the image indicate...

1) screw location
2) tab to pull up on
3) the latch you may need to twist to the left to remove the coveri.e.
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Now you should see the chopper and screen assembly, it too can be clogged up pretty bad, clean it best you can...you don`t really want to remove this part. Make sure there is no debris present where I've indicated here with the arrow below.


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If my explanation is not clear enough, here`s a link which provides a pretty good video of how to do this, these guys aren`t pro`s but the "how to" video is pretty thorough nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRCCrEwrst8&NR=1

Once these actions have been performed you'll need to clear the error code. to do so is as followsPress the following buttons in this sequence...

HEATED DRY - NORMAL, HEATED DRY - NORMAL, HEATED DRY - NORMAL

This diagnostic cycle may take approx. 15-20 minutes to complete. Let it proceed through to completion and you should be good to go...unless the heater itself is at fault or a wire has vibrated loose from the heater...those are steps to follow if OR when necessary.

Let me know how you make out, please keep me informed if you need further assistance or anything is unclear. Please take a moment to rate me assistance and a short testimony is appreciated as well.

Thank you for choosing FixYa and good luck.

Regards,

Macmarkus :)

Posted on May 25, 2011

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  • tecurtis Jun 11, 2011

    Macmarkus, any idea what the clearing code is for a Kenmore Elite model 16592200? The touch screen reads from left to right: Smart Wash, Anti Bacterial, Pots Pans, Normal Wash, China Gentle, Quick Rinse, Hi Temp Scrub, Sani Rinse, Air Dry? Thanks.

  • Mark MacDonald
    Mark MacDonald Jun 11, 2011

    TECURTIS,

    This is to address your question about the cleaning code...I'm presuming you want the sequence to "reset" the clean light error. If you have cleaned out the pump and insure there is no component issue causing the error you can try this and let me know. Hi temp Scrub-Air Dry, Hi temp Scrub-Air Dry, Hi temp Scrub-Air Dry. That should initiate a short test cycle which once finished allow the control to reset (if a fault or failure does exist the error code will return). I'll watch for your report. Good luck.

    Regards,

    Macmarkus :)

  • tecurtis Jun 13, 2011

    Macmarkus, the code you provided worked, but my clean-out job didn't (or wasn't the problem). The machine cleared the diagnostic cycle so I ran a cycle with an empty dishwasher to be sure it would work...it didn't. At this point, I think I need to call the professionals. Thanks for you tips.

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