Whirlpool dishwasher error codes

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These error code explanations can help you diagnose a problem with your Whirlpool dishwasher. For repair how-to help, visit the PartsDirect repair help section, which includes repair help for dishwashers, other major appliances, lawn and garden equipment, garage door openers, vacuum cleaners and more. Search for your model number to find a complete list of replacement parts for your dishwasher.

Error Code
Condition
DIY advice
Clean light blinks 7 times

Heater circuit failure. Control didn't detect the expected rise in water temperature when the heating element was energized to heat water during the cycle.

Check/Repair

Check the heating element and related components (wiring and control board) in that circuit.

How-to help
Possible parts
Heating element, Electronic control board, Thermistor, Circuit wiring
Console light blinks rapidly

The control detects a stuck button on the control panel.

Check/Repair

A failed control panel or a malfunctioning electronic control board can cause this code. Check the buttons on the control panel using a volt/ohm meter. In most cases, the control panel must be replaced. If that doesn't solve the problem, the electronic control board might be at fault.

How-to help
Possible parts
Control panel, Electronic control board
Start/Resume light blinks slowly

If the dishwasher door is opened or power is interrupted during the cycle, the dishwasher won't start again until the door is detected as closed and the Start/Resume button is pressed.

Check/Repair

Check the door latch and switch assembly. A failure in the Start/Resume button also can cause this problem.

How-to help
Possible parts
Door switch assembly, Control panel, Electronic control board
Clean light stays on

The dishwasher won't start a new cycle unless it detects that the door opened after the previous cycle.

Check/Repair

Turn off power to the dishwasher by shutting off the breaker and restarting. If that does not work, the door switch assembly is stuck and must be replaced.

How-to help
Possible parts
Door switch assembly
Control lock LED is on but not accepting key presses

Accidentally turned on or control detected keypad problem.

Check/Repair

Press the Heated Dry key for 5 seconds to turn off control lock feature. If that doesn't work, replace keypad.

How-to help
Possible parts
Keypad
Sanitized LED blinks at end of cycle

Control could not confirm Sanitation water temperature was achieved,

Check/Repair

The heating element must stay on for 10 minutes when heating water for the sanitation cycle and water temperature must reach 150 degrees. Check incoming water temperature. If incoming water temperature is below 120 degrees, the heating element may not heat the water to 150 degrees. If incoming water temperature is above 150 degrees the heating element may not stay on for 10 minutes so the sanitation error may occur. If incoming water temperature is okay, check the heating element for damage. Replace the heating element if it's damaged or it doesn't heat.

How-to help
Possible parts
Heating element

Symptoms common to all dishwashers

Choose a symptom to see related dishwasher repairs.

Main cause: damaged rack height adjuster
Main causes: broken door spring, detergent dispenser failure, cabinet mounting brackets loose or broken
Main causes: damaged or stuck spray arm, leaking door seal, damaged door hinge, leaky heating element water seal, cracked water supply line
Main causes: light switch beside the sink turned off, lack of power, bad dishwasher door switch, control system failure, wiring problem
Main causes: water supply problem, stuck overfill float, clogged water inlet valve screen, water inlet valve failure
Main causes: broken door latch, tripped circuit breaker, broken heating element, faulty vent fan, sensor failure, control system problem
Main causes: clogged kitchen sink drain, clogged drain hose, drain check valve damaged, drain pump failure, control system problem
Main causes: glass or popcorn kernel stuck in the chopper blade, drain line vibrating against the cabinet, debris in wash pump or drain pump
Main causes: improper loading, low water temperature, improper detergent dosage, detergent dispenser failure, spray arm or pump problems

Repair guides common to all dishwashers

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Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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How to replace a dishwasher water inlet valve

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Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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How to replace a dishwasher detergent dispenser

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Time required
 30 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all dishwashers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your dishwasher.

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How to load a dishwasher video

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