Model #66516269400 KENMORE ELITE Dishwasher

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Q:

I have a sears elite # 66516269400 dishwasher. It has always worked fine , but yesterday it won't start ,other button flashes but the start button Does not star

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

If the "Clean" light is flashing, the control did not detect a water temperature rise in the heated cycles. The dishwasher will not operate until the failure has been diagnosed and the diagnostic cycle is started.

The control is programmed to stop the current cycle and not allow any further cycles if it suspects a faulty heater (no temperature increase detected in heated intervals). The control will blink the Clean LED 7 times in repetitive fashion and disables the Start/Resume key until cleared.

According to the technical data sheet, to start the diagnostic test that will normally clear the flashing "Clean" light, press Heated Dry - Normal - Heated Dry -  Normal in less than 6 seconds and then let the dishwasher run for at least 5 minutes. Then press the Cancel/Drain button and then let the dishwasher time out. This procedure should be started while the dishwasher is in standby. The dishwasher should now operate normally again unless it does not detect a temperature rise during the water heat cycles.

The heating element could be faulty, or it could have a faulty control board or the high limit thermostat could be open breaking the circuit to the heating element. The heating element and the high limit can be disconnected and tested with an Ohm meter. The heating element should measure 10-30 Ohms of resistance and the high limit should measure infinity/closed.

If you are able to cancel and select any cycles and it will not start, it could also have a faulty door latch switch preventing the dishwasher from starting. 

NOTE: Disconnect the dishwasher from the power source before servicing. 

 I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

 If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services.


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Joey S -
Sears Technician
November 27, 2013

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