Ron: While I appreciate your reply, your suggestion is far more technical and requires far more expertise than the average consumer has, particularly since this involves working with electricity. Most non-professionals are leery of working with electricity problems.
I had a repairman out yesterday and he fixed the problem in less than 5 minutes. He took off the inside panel of the door, unplugged and plugged back in one of the many cords inside the door (he referred to it as "resetting" the dishwasher) and all was fine.
I find it very upsetting and not very consumer-friendly that this is such a common occurrence - according to the repairman - yet there isn't an easy and safe way for the consumer to do this reset on their own. I spent $130+ for a 5 minute repair and nothing was even broken, an internal plug merely needed to be unplugged and plugged back in.
We have had this dishwasher for slightly over a year. My previous dishwasher - not a Kenmore - lasted more than 15 years. It never needed a single repair or "reset" and was only replaced due to a kitchen remodel.
The repairman yesterday tried at least 3 times to convince me to buy the extended warranty for $90/year. If Kenmore truly thinks one of their appliances will incur more than $450 in repairs over a 5 year period, then something is definitely wrong with the way it is building appliances.
I do have the extended warranties on my Kenmore washer & dryer but those are not only much higher ticket items, but the warranties include an annual maintenance check.
Obviously there is a flaw in Kenmore's idea of manufacturing appliances as it appears repair problems are "built in" to their appliances.