Model #66516049400 KENMORE Dishwasher

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flashing pots and pans light 66516049400 Kenmore Dishwasher

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Thank You for choosing Sears PartsDirect.com and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your dishwasher and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number 66516049400 and most likely you have a stuck or shorted keypad and the console will need to be replaced. Another possibility could be a loose or poor wire connection. Disconnect the power and remove the console to access the ribbon connecting the control and console. Remove the ribbon and then try putting it back in and see if there is any improvement. If the problem still occurs the console will probably need to be replaced. Now, you can also try resetting the control by placing it in the diagnostic mode. This is done by pressing the following pads within 6 seconds: Heated Dry – Normal – Heated Dry – Normal. This may correct the problem or it may work for just a short period. If the problem occurs again, it will indicate a problem in the system that will need to be found and corrected. I trust this information will help you.

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SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact Sears for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.

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Sherman_G_Wallace -
Sears Technician
December 16, 2014
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Why does the motor continue running on my Kenmore dishwasher model 66516049400?

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With the dishwasher not functioning properly can be rather concerning. I have done some research on the Manage My Life website and have located a link similar towards your issue. While you are waiting for a detailed reply from an expert I have provided the link below. Hope this helps!

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Priscilla V -
August 01, 2012
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Hello Dieter,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having problems with your dishwasher and I would like to assist you. I have seen a failed wax motor for the dispenser cause the board to fail and run the motor constantly. Before doing any other parts replacement, it is very important to verify that the ohms of the wax motor on the dispenser are correct. I have seen several boards installed for the same issue and all of them were damaged until the wax motor was replaced. I have included an image of the wiring diagram with notes on it, at the end of this reply. Be sure to unplug or shut the power off to the dishwasher prior to making any checks.

There may also be a shorted wire causing this, it'll be hard to find. Please let me know what you discover, I look forward to assisting you further with your dishwasher.

Jerry C

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Jerry C -
Sears Technician
August 01, 2012
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Why is the green clean light flashing 7 times and then pause and repeat?

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A heater fault detection program has been added to the electronic control to monitor the operation of the heater. If a temperature rise in the water is not detected during the first 8 minutes of the beginning of the main wash, the dishwasher will shut down and flash the "Clean" light and disable the dishwasher.

A fault will be indicated if: A 2°F increase in the water temperature is not obtained (inlet water temp greater than 90°F) or A 4°F increase in the water temperature is not obtained (inlet water temp less than 90°F).

If the correct temperature rise is not detected, the dishwasher will drain and blink the clean light 7 times to signal to the consumer to call for service. The detection will be ignored if the temperature is out of its normal range 64 - 160° F or the door is opened during the first 8 minutes of the main wash. This is to prevent a false detection.

Possible causes that could keep the water from properly heating:

  • An open Heating Element circuit (heater, thermostat, or wiring)
  • Neutral side Door Switch not closing (check switch and door latch assembly) Note: Neutral side door switch only used for heater circuit
  • 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 and then 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.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your washer if the "Clean" light flashes again after resetting and clearing the control board. If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
February 03, 2010

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