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what does it mean when the clean light is flashing on a Kenmore dishwasher 665 1602?

We have a Kenmore dishwasher model 665 1602, the green light that indicates that the dishes are clean is flashing green. I looked in the manual and all it states is call for service to check heater circuit. Where and what is the heater circuit. I can locate it on the Sears parts website.

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It can be extremely upsetting when your dishwasher begins to display error codes with the lights. I did some research and provided a link to a similar question and answer on our site. i hope this will give you a better idea on the next step to take until the Expert responds to your question in more detail within 24 to 48 hours.
by Manage My Life
October 19th, 2012
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Adam C
You're going to need about four more numbers added to the end of the supplied long model number of your machine to get an accurate look up on either the Parts or Manual download sites.
by Adam C Earned 169 community points in Appliances
October 20th, 2012
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Thanks for contacting

. I understand how frustrating it is having trouble with the clean light flashing on the dishwasher. We are here to help. Julio did provide you a good link on this problem. The blinking clean LED indicates the dishwasher did not detect a temperature rise of the wash water during the main wash. When the clean LED blinks 7 times the dishwasher ceases to operate until the control board is reset by running a diagnostic test. 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.

A fault will be indicated if:

A 2°F increase in the water temperature is not obtained, when the inlet water temperature is greater than 90°F or a 4°F increase in the water temperature is not obtained, when the inlet water temperature is less than 90°F. If the correct temperature rise is not detected, the dishwasher will drain and blink the clean light 7 times signaling a heating fault. The detection will be ignored if the temperature is out of its normal range of 64-160 degrees? Fahrenheit or if 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:

Failed Heating Element or an open heating element circuit which consists of the heater,thermostat, or wiring. If the Neutral side Door Switch is not closing, check the switch and door latch assembly.

Note: The Neutral side door switch is 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)

SOLUTION: Troubleshoot the dishwasher for possible cause. Perform repair accordingly. Reset the electronic control by initiating a diagnostic cycle.

The service diagnostic cycle is activated by pressing the following keys respectively:

Heated Dry-Normal-Heated Dry-Normal

and then allow the dishwasher to run about 2 minutes. Press Cancel/Drain and allow the dishwasher to complete the cycle. Once the dishwasher completes the cycle, the dishwasher will operate normally. I recommend running the hot water in the sink until it warms up. After that, start the dishwasher. If the problem comes back, the thermistor or the circuit board needs to be replaced. The image below would help you replace the circuit board. I hope this helps.

To order dishwasher parts, please visit

with the model number.

If you do not feel comfortable repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears Technician. You may visit

and follow the instructions, then click on the red next now button.

Please feel free to let me know if you need further assistance. We are always here to help.

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by Manage My Life
October 20th, 2012
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