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I can't get the dishwasher off of 'lock'. The red light blinks and the dishwasher won't turn on. The directions on the inside of the door says' to press the 'no heat dry' pad for 4 seconds. Tried it several times. That dosen't work. I shut off the breaker switch to the dishwasher to try to reset it. That didn't work either. I would really appreciate any help you can offer me. Yolonda

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  • yolonda ellis Feb 02, 2007


    The complete model number for my dishwasher is:
    665. 17779990

    Its a Kenmore Ultrawash

    Thank-you, little nip

  • yolonda ellis Feb 02, 2007

    The color of the dishwasher is black and thank-you much. Your suggestion was very helpful. My kids have no idea how to wash dishes by hand.

    little nip

  • moonunit May 09, 2008

    My kenmore dishwasher has the same issue: the 'Lock On' button will not get the light to come off even after holding it down for 4 seconds or disconnecting power supply. I'm thinking the keypad is shorted out. Model # is 665 15772990 and the unit is white.

  • equiguy Nov 26, 2008

    Same problem-tried both procedures-hold th eheat dry for all lengths of time-hold the clear for 10 secpnds (or until light goes out-which it does, but comes back on when button released!)

    Ours is Stainlews steel-same machine though-just a different set of cloths!
    Alfred and "Distressed" Wife



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Try holding the no heat dry button until the light goes off..
I know it says for 4 seconds.
Mine does the same thing so someone either can't count or they count very slowly

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Little nip Most likely the problem with your dish washer is one or more pads on the control panel are shorted. To fix it the control panel has to be replaced. If you are going to do it yourself, I need the complete model number (on the door frame) and the color for the panel. Then I can find the best deal for you. back

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  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2007

    little nip
    I also need the color for the panel

  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2007

    little nip
    I found the best prices for you, but because I do not know exact color I'll give you links for all three available. First is for the black: , second for the white: and third one is for the almond:



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Lock On
Use the Lock On to prevent unintended use of the dishwasher
between cycles. You can also use the lock feature to prevent
unintended cycle or option changes during a cycle.
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NOTE: If the Heated Dry option is selected, the light will
temporarily turn off until Lock On glows.
To turn off the Lock
Press and hold HEATED DRY for 4 seconds. The light turns off.

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