How to: Reset the Kenmore Ultra Wash dishwasher flashing "clean" light
My darling little daughter somehow messed up the dishwasher - pressing all the wrong buttons at all the right times and it went into a fault state - flashing "clean" light. The manual only says to call service. Well, a service call is not cheap, they only come out this way once a week and that means having to do dishes by hand for at least two weeks - forget that! Not to mention that the last time they came out a couple of years ago for this same problem, all they did was push a couple of buttons. Now, which buttons were those, again?! I tried calling Sears Service to find out, but after a half our on hold and a dropped call gave up and turned tothe web.
Thankfully, I was able to find the answer pretty quick on one of the many help forums. For my Kenmore dishwasher, which was actually made by Whirlpool and at least for all the following model numbers: 665.16022400, 665.16023400, 665.16024400, 665.16029400, 665.17022400, 665.17023400, 665.17024400, 665.17029400, 665.16032400, 665.16033400, 665.16034400, 665.16039400 and 665.17032400, 665.17033400, 665.17034400 and 665.17039400 the reset sequence is to simply press "normal wash" followed by "heated dry" four times. You will know that you succeded in performing the reset once all the panel lights turn on. Once the lights turn back off, the dishwasher will attempt to start a new wash in it's default mode - this is probably not what you want it to do, so press "cancel" once to stop it. Viola - that's it!
Some people have reported that Sears customer service's solution is to turn off the breaker diswasher sits on for several minutes. That may work for some models, but it does not for the above Whirlpool made dishwasher models.
It feels especially good to save money on stupid service calls during these tough economic times, doesn't it?!