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?!

Sears Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher

The clean signal is flashing .model:665.17033401

So, try doing the reset!

Worked fine the last time we used it. Now, nothing responds when I push any of the buttons. Have tried all the other reset codes mentioned here. It's about 3 years old. Have maybe used it 20 times. Breaker is fine. Disposal on same breaker works normally.

I have a smart wash Kenmore Elite. It's reset code is "Hi temp wash" then "Air dry" back and forth until all lights turn on (3 or 4 times)

High temp wash then heated dry back and forth until it resets for my model of kenmore ultra wash.

Hope this helps someone out there!

Helped me reset my model and it is working fine now. Thanks for the tip!!

This worked for me. Thank you so much! High temp wash then heated dry back and forth. Kenmore Model # 665.17024400

This solution worked for me, and I'm so grateful I didn't have to call the repairman out. Thanks for sharing!

It worked! Thank you *so* much -- we're approaching Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend and I'm hosting 10, so not a good time for the dishwasher to stop working. This was brilliant, worked exactly as described!

Was this on a Kenmore ultra wash portable?

kenmore 665.1733300 'normal wash' keeps flashing but will not start

Thanks so much! This mom of 2 is feeling very proud that I was able to fix what the 1 year old tried to adult proof. My contractor husband was shocked at my new skill. Thanks again!

Excellent advice! Thank you!!!!

Dishwasher will not come on. Only the "LOCK ON" light will come on. Is model 665.1373

If you have sufficiently hot water supplying your dishwasher and the above reset procedure does not work, chances are your heating element is burnt out. Here is a short video tutorial demonstrating how to replace a burnt out heating element on a Kenmore Ultra Wash by Whirlpool (other dishwashers are very similar).

My Kenmore Ultra dishwasher had the green light flashing and I was unable to start the washer. I tried turning it off and on from the circuit breaker a couple of times but with no change. I then used the web and after a few stops at other sites found this one with the answer. I used the process of pushing normal wash then heated dry, I repeated that sequence 3 times then all the lights came on then off and the dishwasher is working. Yahoo!!! This is a great community site and I am very thankful, you have saved me a big repair bill which I cannot currently afford. Thank You Much.

Awesome - thank you.

You guys are GREAT!!!!! Worked just fine. Thanks for saving me a lot of grief!!

OMGoodness!!! A 4 second fix that actually worked! I can't even believe it~ I love you!! ...and THANKS!

Another one for you.... No lights on the panel - flashing or otherwise. Tried your original two restart suggestions to no avail. The only way I can get lights on is to press the three options normally - that will give me the three red lights until they reset to off, as is normal. But it dosn't solve anything. We've had some local power transients recently and I fear I'm in trouble. Any thoughts?

Hello, I have the same problem as this guy does I can get the option buttons to light up but not the other buttons,

"normal wash" followed by "heated dry" 4X worked like a charm! thanks!

I tried the reset sequence 1-normal start 4-heated-dry
It did not reset

The normal wash light is flashing and the unit will not do anything. I have tried leaving it unplugged for a period of time but that does nothing. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the reset advice. I did the 4 alternating presses and the flashing green light went off and all the red lights went on.
I pressed "start" and bingo!!!

Thanks for the reset advice. I did the 4 alternating presses and the flashing green light went off and all the red lights went on.
I pressed "start" and bingo!!!

Smart wash, heat dry are on the start light is flashing - no other lights will come on. Kenmore Ultrawash

I reset mine by pushing normal wash than heated dry again normal wash heated dry again normal wash heated dry all the lights came on then off and the dishwasher is working

This one worked for me too, the normal then 4 heat dry didn't.

Worked for model 66513893k800! Thank you!

I tried this one & it worked for this Kenmore Model #66517022400. I am so thankful this worked.

Thanks, I had the manual somewhere and lost it. Couldn't remember the reset procedure but that one did it.

Thanks for the tip. Alternating normal wash and heated dry worked for model number 165.13643K901.

It worked! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I was trying all these reset codes....Thank you Thank you this one works for my dishwasher....Glad this forum is here

Lock button just stays on, have turned power off for several minutes with no results, tried unlock controls instructions with no results. Not sure what to try next, any suggestions?

I have no idea, but it sounds like the dishwater's computer passed away. If somebody else has better ideas than replacing the computer, please feel free to contribute your suggestion.

Thanks. In my case it was my loving wife who pressed way too many buttons. Your solution worked.
Thanks for saving me a mountain of aggravation.
Brentwood Bay, BC

I have a kenmore model # 665110733420 i have the normal wash button but not the heat dry button....any suggestions on reseting it?

the green light below the 2hour delay option is lite - when I push the delay btton the green ligt blinks and sometime the lock button lights up. I have unpluged the dishwasher - I have tried pushing normal wash and heat dry x4 - nothing... Any suggestions..? Thanks

Sorry, I have not encountered this problem and don't have any suggestions for you.

I've tried the Normal Wash code and the light still flashes! any other ideas??

I tried pushing the buttons suggested and the panel lit up with all the lights, but it does not shut itself off, and when I hit cancel, the green clean light just starts flashing again. Any other suggestions?

The lights do not turn off immediately. Perhaps, you were jumping the gun by pressing the cancel button too quickly?

the pots and pan light is flashing and it won't do anything ugh is there some help for me?

I tried calling Sears Service to find out, but after a half our on hold and a dropped call gave up and turned to the web.

It works! Thanks for the saved money on a dumb service call!

One important thing is, old appliances that have worked for years that get broken are something very tricky. It's very hard to find the right say Kenmore Parts, but it's best that you do, because the next generation novelties are not exactly better and they are made to be thrown away easier.

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