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Dishwasher is getting stuck on the 'sensing' function and the wash cycle doesn't resume

Kenmore Elite model #15919000: The 'sensing' light keeps coming on and the cycle won't resume. I usually use the Time Saver cycle and I don't think this cycle even uses the sensing function. Every once in a while it works without this problem but most of the time it just sits there humming with the 'sensing' light on. Will replacing the electronic control fix this??

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Thank you for the reply. I can understand wanting to eliminate everything else before replacing an expensive control. So here are a few ideas to try. Run the water at the sink, fill a cup and check the temperature in the cup. If it is below 120 degrees, that may be causing the dishwasher to continue to pause while the water is heated to temperature. If it is very low, it may even affect the quick wash. If the temperature is too low, adjust the hot water heater. If the water checks ok, the thermistor may not be sensing the temperature or the heating element may not be consistently heating the water. When the dishwasher pauses, it may be on a thermal hold. Open the door, check the water level. It should be just below the heating element. If you can, check the water temperature in the tub. If the water is at temperature, it may be the thermistor is not properly sensing the temperature, causing the hold. If the water is not reaching temperature, the heating element may be malfunctioning. It may also be the soil sensing pressure switch is not doing its job. Run the dishwasher through a cleaning cycle or two using a cup of white vinegar or a cleaning product like Dishwasher Affresh. If the problem continues and you feel comfortable making resistance checks, then check the wiring for a short. Sometimes the steam gets in to the electronic controls and can cause an intermittent problem. Remember to disconnect power to the dishwasher before any service. The images below contain electrical diagrams and how to access the control.
by Manage My Life
June 13th, 2013
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None of the diagnostic tests show an error, but the problem is still occurring on a regular basis. Although sometimes the cycle runs without a problem, more and more often it gets stuck on 'sensing' and won't resume. Does this sound like a problem with the electronic control? I hate to buy a new one if it won't fix the problem.
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June 11th, 2013
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Thank you for your question. I can understand the frustration trying to get the dishes washed with the dishwasher stuck.  We ask more and more of our appliances and as they get more complicated, there can be more problems.  The sensing for this model is monitoring the soil level and water temperatures for the dishwasher to provide the correct wash/rinse cycle time and water temperature as needed.  Since you have the same issue with the Time Saver cycle, and the temperature is capped at 150 degrees on that cycle, it does sound like the control.  Before deciding it is the control, I recommend running a diagnostic test.  The image below will provide direction. I recommend having a technician make the necessary diagnosis and repairs.  You can schedule a Sears technician at

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. If you wish to proceed yourself and need further assistance, please reply.  Thank you for using Manage My Life.
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June 7th, 2013
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