Kenmore Dishwasher Error Fault Codes | LED Display Blinking

Kenmore dishwasher displaying an error code, flashing LED light or blinking LED lights? Kenmore dishwashers have built in diagnostic systems. If your dishwasher finds, sees, or detects a fault or error in the system, it will show an error, the LED lights will flash, blink, or a fault code will be displayed. The error code or LED lights will display on the panel. When an error code or LED light is blinking, your dishwasher is telling you a specific fault. The error code or the LED light sequence will tell you which parts on your Kenmore dishwasher to replace or check. You can also Search YouTube for Kenmore Dishwasher Flashing Blinking Lights or get advice from your Kenmore dishwasher owners manual when your Kenmore Dishwasher Is Displaying An Error Code or flashing the LED lights.

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Error Code = Start Resume light blinking slow
Error Condition = When the dishwasher door opens or electrical power is removed during the cycle then the dishwasher will not start again. The door is detected as being closed and the Start Resume button is being pressed
Repair or Check = Inspect the door latch and switch assembly. A problem with the Start Resume button may also cause this problem
Parts to Test or Replace = Door Switch Assembly – Control Panel – Electronic Control Board

Error Code = Clean light is blinking 7 times
Error Condition = Heater circuit fail. Control panel did not detect the water getting hot. Did not detect heating element was energized to heat the water during the wash cycle
Repair or Check = Check heating element, wiring and control board
Parts to Test or Replace = Heating Element – Electronic Control Board – Thermistor – Circuit Wiring

Error Code = Sanitize LED blinking at end of cycle
Error Condition = Control panel could not detect if sanitation has been achieved
Repair or Check = Check the voltage to the dishwasher and the temperature of the water coming into the dishwasher – Check the diverter motor – Check the heater – Check the Thermistor
Parts to Test or Replace = Diverter Motor – Heater – Thermistor

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Error Code = Console light blinking rapidly
Error Condition = There is a stuck button on the control panel
Repair or Check = A bad control panel or electronic control board can cause the console light to blink. Check buttons on the control panel using a multimeter
Parts to Test or Replace = Control Panel – Electronic Control Board

Error Code = Clean light is constantly illuminated
Error Condition = Dishwasher cannot start a wash cycle until it sees that the door has been opened after the previous washing cycle
Repair or Check = Turn off power to the dishwasher by unplugging or removing power and restarting it. If removing from power does not fix the issue, the door switch assembly is faulty and needs to be replaced
Parts to Test or Replace = Door Switch Assembly

Error Code = Control lock LED is ON but not responding to pressing of the keys
Error Condition = Turned on by accident or there is a control detected key pad problem
Repair or Check = Press the Heated Dry button for 5 to 10 seconds. This turns off the control lock feature. If pressing for 5 seconds the problem persists, replace the complete keypad
Parts to Test or Replace = Keypad

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Do you have an error code or LED light sequence indicating a problem with your Kenmore dishwasher? Please leave your question below and we can help assist to troubleshoot your dishwasher issue.

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1 Leslie April 22, 2017 at 5:51 pm

My Kenmore elite dishwasher 665.12789K311 when I did diagnostics test the complete light blinked 8 times then paused and then blinked 4 more times. I can’t find what this is diagnosing


2 Leo April 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm

The first thing to try is to totally power down your dishwasher. This is generally done at the circuit breaker panel. Allow the machine to be powered down for at least an hour. This should clear the mother board (brain) of the computer of any faults.


3 Laura Deitrick April 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

I have a model number 66514793n510 and need to reset. There is no “heated dry” button to push. My choices for buttons to push are:
Cycles: Smart wash, pots/pans, normal wash, china, express wash, quick rinse
Options: Turbo zone, Hi temp wash. sani rinse, smart dry.


4 Nick January 28, 2017 at 6:44 am

587.15413100A Kenmore Dishwasher with “Er” message flashing. Machine fails to complete full cycle.
Lights illuminated on “Quick Rinse”, as well as the three items under “Er”, “washing, clean, sanitized”, -and the lock symbol.


5 Joanne October 25, 2016 at 9:11 pm

I have Kenmore 665.15892 dishwasher. I wish to run diagnostic cycle. What is the sequence to push to initiate this? I’ve read to push Heated Dry/Normal/Heated Dry/Normal but I don’t have a Heated Dry button (*)nor a Normal – it is Normal Wash actually.)


6 Bobbi July 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm

I have a Kenmore elite 465 dishwasher that has the first red light flashing and the start resume flashing. Cancel doesn’t work. Is there a reset function I could try?


DIY Project Help Tips 7 DIY Project Help Tips July 20, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Try Pressing and holding the Start/Resume button for 10 seconds.
If that does not work, try the reset code: Press Heated Dry, Normal, Heated Dry, Normal and it SHOULD reset your Kenmore Dishwasher.


8 Bobbi July 20, 2016 at 9:26 pm

There is no “heated dry” on my display. It says sensor dry or some such thing and that doesn’t work. I will try the hold on the start -.


9 Doug April 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm

My friend has a Kenmore Ultrawash Quiet Guard 4 dishwasher. About a year ago the clean light was flashing 7 times. I did the reset normal wash, heated dry a couple of times and it worked great up until a couple of weeks ago when my friend said there was a burning smell coming from the dishwasher. I tried the reset again, but the machine will only do a short cycle, about 20 minutes and the clean light starts flashing again and the dishes are not clean or dried properly. It is model # 665-17033402, serial # F83903682. I have not been able to find a fix specific to this machine. I suspect it is the heating element, but I tried the door and I can pull open the door without much force without releasing the latch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


DIY Project Help Tips 10 DIY Project Help Tips May 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm

Your Kenmore Dishwasher with a burning smell and not operational could be:

– An open Heating Element circuit (heater, thermostat, or wiring)
– Neutral side Door Switch not closing (check switch and door latch assembly)
– Water not coming in or lack of water (check inlet valve circuit and water pressure)
– Lack of water circulation (pump motor or restriction in circulation channels)
– Siphoning of water during fill (check drain hose for proper installation)

To reset the control, press these buttons in this sequence:
Heated Dry, Normal, Heated Dry, Normal.
Let the unit run for 2-3 minutes and then you press the Cancel/Drain button and allow it to completely drain and reset. The dishwasher will run and operate normally unless it does not detect a water temperature rise again.



11 Doug May 4, 2016 at 1:42 am

Thank you for your comments and advice. I will check what you have recommended and try it again. Will keep my fingers crossed and hope that it works.


12 Doug May 5, 2016 at 1:25 am

We were forced to call a tech to have a look.
It turns out it was the control board which burnt and has to be replaced.
Hopefully problem solved.
I was really trying to avoid calling anyone but having checked everything and coming up empty we decided to call the experts.
Thank you for your help and support, Much appreciated.

13 Mel VanSlageren January 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm

I have a Kenmore ultra wash quiet guard dishwasher which is unresponsive to all buttons except the cancel and delay buttons. I have replaced the control board and am ready to replace the function board. Is there a trick to remove this from the molded assembly without damaging it?


DIY Project Help Tips 14 DIY Project Help Tips January 6, 2016 at 12:38 am

Mel V,
It should pop off with a flat head screwdriver by lifting where the cover snaps into. Did you replace the control board because of the unresponsive buttons? Have you tested the boards to be sure it is not just a simple fuse or wire harness?


15 Mel VanSlageren January 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

It was recommended to change the control panel if the board still had some functions. I have one on order. The only function buttons working were the cancel and time delay. Thanks for your reply though.


DIY Project Help Tips 16 DIY Project Help Tips May 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm

The advise we gave was to try and fix the issue without having to spend mountains of money. We use the troubleshooting methods that are MOST LIKELY THE PINPOINT CAUSE and work backwards and forwards from that point.
The control panel is not cheap but if you purchase it online and install it yourself it will save you hundreds of dollars.
Or, buy the part and just hire the repairman to install it. It is an easy job.


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