Re: Cleaning Cycle goes twice around or more before...
Ours did that too. I figured ou that it was because I was putting it on ultra wash by hitting normal wash + high temp, that automaticly sets it to Ultra wash. If you just set it to normal wash and hit start it should only do one cycle.
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1 make sure heated dry is on. 2 run your cycle and when it says drying open the dishwasher. see if it has steam coming out. 3 give me your whole model number. 4. if heater is not turning on then you may have one of three issues. 1. Bad door switch 2. Wire off element or bad thermistat 3. No power going through the control. to the heating circuit.
This worked for us - I hope it works for you. We have had problems with grit on the dishes, especially in glasses or items on the top racks. We tried:
Heavy cycle every single load;
loading different ways;
shopping for a new freakin' machine!
After reading the total lack of satisfaction people had with almost every machine listed, and a very unsatisfactory level of hot water during a shower - I realized the core intake temperature of our water dropped significantly in the fall/winter. I went and used the "high temp wash" on some seriously soiled loads (on heavy cycle). Everything came out clean. I am back to using the normal cycle for everything, but always with the High Temp Wash. I figure the improved performance saves rerunning loads, longer cycles, and frustration - so I am fine with the added electric expense. I always use rinse agent. I use Walmart dish soap.
There is a relay on the soap dispenser, if it is a Kenmore quietguard 4, I had the same type of noise, the repairman replaced the dispenser, which to me made no sense, because the relay is activated from the control board. After the $130. for the soap dispenser, he ended up replacing the control board for another $160. Now the dishwasher only goes up to the dry cycle and stops. If you press the heated dry button and then the heated wash button 5 times each, the entire control face will light up and it will do some kind of reset and try a new cycle. I have tried the button pushing and it worked great till it got to the dry cycle, so I am looking for another solution without involving Sears. Good Luck!
I had the same problem when I bought it and it just happened again; the problem is solved by ressting the control panel: Hi Temp ---> Heated Dry two or three times. It kind of goes into a testing cycle and the clean blinking light goes off.
According to the GE repairman who visited, the solution is to close the machine (with the lights flashing). The machine starts and goes through the cycles, which it does rapidly and then all the lights turn off and the machine becomes silent after 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Then the machine has been reset to normal. During this reseting period nothing happens inside the machine, although you may hear a running sound.
Thus, the solution is to run the machine in this flashing light state for the 1-2 minutes it takes to go raipdly through each cycle and then reset.
I've recently had the same problem.
My theory (to be confirmed) is that the heating element is not working properly (in my case not at all). This may be the element itself or the control for the element.
This, I think, may account for the machine running for so long - it is waiting for the water to reach operating temp before timing the wash cycle. This also explains why the dishes do not dry. I aim to investigate this theory over the weekend !!