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Dishwasher Clean Light Blinking 7 Times


The exact definition of this error when the clean light is blinking means that your dishwasher is failing to heat the water in an allotted time.  This problem can occur on Whirlpool, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Jenn-Air, and Maytag dishwashers.  The error can be caused by numerous issues but the first thing you want to do is reset the control board.

-To reset the control board press: high temp wash, heated dry, High temp wash, heated dry, high temp wash, heated dry, high temp wash, heated dry, high temp wash. If you don’t have a “heated dry” button, use the “air dry” or “energy saver dry” button instead.

-All the lights will go solid at which point you press cancel to reset the board.
-If the control board doesn’t reset, it’s likely that you’ve just got a faulty control board and the control board will need to be ordered and replaced.

The next step in this process is to start a new cycle and see what happens.  If the error code returns, then you’ll want to reset the board again and check several things.  The most common reasons for this error is because the water coming from your household is just too cold.  The dishwasher is expecting 110 degree water to enter your dishwasher, so if your pipes are cold, the water may only come in luke warm.  To correct this issue, just run your faucet next to the dishwasher until the water coming out is hot.   On another note, make sure the dishwasher is washing with good water pressure.  You can put a cup in the upper rack facing upwards and run a cycle to see if it will fill within 10 minutes of starting the cycle.  If it doesn’t fill with water then you know that the dishwasher isn’t producing enough pressure which, in turn, will cause the water to not heat.  You’d want to take your pump and motor assembly apart to clean inside if you had a loss of pressure.

You could also have a failed component including a faulty heater, control board, or high limit thermostat.  You’d need to uninstall your dishwasher, disconnect power and lay it on it’s back to check the resistance of the heater as well as the resistance of the high limit thermostat to confirm if they were bad or good.  You should get tangible reading of between 5 and 30 ohms on the heater if it’s good and less than one ohm on the high limit thermostat.  If both of those devices check good, then replace the control board because that’s the one device you cannot test.

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  93 Responses to “Dishwasher Clean Light Blinking 7 Times”

  1. I have an Asko D3251 model type DW 20.3 dishwasher that started to show a flashing Pots and Pans light and the pump seemed to run continuously. I called Asko as I am not he first owner and was unsure of warranty etc. They basically sent me a ‘Guide to Correcting Possible Overfill Condition’ which I followed to a ‘t’. There was water in the overflow tray, I vacuumed it out then it worked again for another 12 loads but then started doing the flashing Pots and Pans light thing again. I did the same procedure and it worked for 6 loads this time. Called Asko again they want me to call a tech but given our experience with appliance repairs I would like to do all I can before making that $$$$$ call.
    So now the pump continues to run and even after I have drained the sump area of the drain pump. I have cut the breaker to the unit as it doesn’t stop now.
    Having left it off for a few days the unit does not run with the power restored, I have drained the pan again. Am thinking I may run it without the cover to see if I can identify where the water is getting in from.
    Spoke to Asko and they basically hand it off to a service tech once the Overfill remedy has been tried. She mentioned it may be a diverter or intake valve tat is leaking however since the pump/sump continues to run unless I trip the breaker I am a bit skeptical. Any ideas?

    • Hi, the most common issue on this unit is the small hose that connects the wash motor to the tank splits and leaks water into the pan. If you still need help, please come to the forum and I will assist. I’m just getting back into town or I would have responded sooner.


    • I tried the ” Super Mario” trick for the green blinking light and it worked!!!!!!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this info, I had a ‘cancel’ light blinking at me nonstop on my MDBH979SAB1 and was able to reset the control board. Once it was reset, the dishwasher resumed normal operations.

    • You’re very welcome. Glad the post helped.


      • Thank you, Matthew
        That is exactly the information I needed to repair my dishwasher. Wouldn’t it be nice if the company that makes them would supply such info to it’s “valued customers”
        Thanks a lot

      • Had clean button blinking and dishwasher would not start. Followed your directions of pressing buttons, cancel and closing door. now it works! thanks so much!

  3. Thanks – you save me

  4. Both my heater and thermal thermostat have a good ohm reading. I replaced the control panel but I am still getting the blinking light. The ends it’s cycle early and the dishes are not clean. Any suggestions?


  5. I have a Kitchen Aid dish washer (KUDE6OFXSS4) and the buttons on the control panel control panel are very much different that in the above mentioned instructions. I have tried various hot wash and dry buttons/settings but cannot determine the correct ones. My options are such as Pro scrub, etc…..
    About 18 months ago the control panel was replaced., but I do remember the repair man running a diagnostics with all of the top panel lights lighting bright Blue.
    Also, I removed the bottom front kick plate and there are no diagnostic codes or anything written on the back,

    • Hi, try picking three buttons and pressing them 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3? Do all the lights come on?


      • Resetting control panel….thanks Matthew, I have a Jennair Trifecta dishwasher. Had blinking green clean light, wouldn’t reset. Used the 1,2,3;1,2,3; 1,2,3 with the sensor wash, heavy wash, normal wash…all the lights litghted up, I hit cancel cycle twice then the control panel was reset! Saved a repairman coming out that didn’t know what to the last time this happened! THANK YOU!

  6. Thanks!!! Worked like a charm!

  7. Hi, I treid resetting the control panel, I got all the lights to come on, I pressed cacel. but the clean light is still blinking. This is on my sissters dishwasher, and the house has hard water, I’ve cleaned the heating element with that CLR stuff and got most of the hard water deposits off. could it still be the control board? or the heater?

  8. Thank you. Fixed perfectly!!!

  9. Yes! Yes! Yes! With three children age 5 and under visiting for a week, I am ever so grateful resetting the control panel worked and now so is my wonderful dishwasher!

    • Awesome! Glad you got your dishwasher back up and running. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it.


  10. My KitchenAid process differs slightly. After alternatingly pressing the Sani rinse and Energy-efficient saver dry until the whole panel lights up, it is necessary for me to close the door to effect a reset. Pressing the cancel button isn’t the key.

    Once I had reset the panel, I did in fact press the cancel button and close the door again in order to terminate the failed cycle.

    My heating element looks fine. I’m guessing the problem is either a temperature sensor or a constriction in the water inlet – perhaps a failing valve.

    • Hi, the element, thermostat, and wash motor could also cause the clean light to blink/flash. So double check those. The thermostat is located on the bottom right side behind the tow kick. If the wash motor hums. it most likely has failed and will need to be replaced.


    • This was my issue too. It wouldn’t reset the control panel until I closed the dishwasher. Thanks for posting Barry and Matt! Your comments me some $$$!

    • Thank you so much for your comment. Worked for me!

  11. So I rest the dishwasher, it is a kenmore and it acts as if it is going to run but no water is flowing into it. I just makes steam. No washing sounds, etc. Please help.

    • Hi, that’s very strange. Do you hear the water valve trying to let water in? Also, check the float switch in the front corner. It could be stuck in the up position?


  12. Thank you so much for this information. No repair visit necessary! I would have felt very foolish if the repair guy came in and pushed several buttons and then had to charge me for the call. Thanks again- you’re awesome!

    • Hi, You’re most welcome. Happy to help. Glad you found the dishwasher repair sequence helpful. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.


  13. Matt,

    I have a Fisher&Paykel DS603 dishwasher and I am trying to replace the motor and heater plate. I have the draw out of the machine, removed the plastic cover on the bottom, and took a photo of the wiring to the motor before disconnecting the wiring. It appears I need to remove the drain hose and then rotate the the heater plate and motor to remove them. I see there is a finger like piece of plastic that needs to be raised to allow the heater plate to rotate and it appears there are two plastic clips holding the drain hose to the motor. However, these pieces alone don’t appear to be enough to allow me to rotate the heater plate and or motor out. How do I remove the drain hose and what else do I need to do to allow the heater plate and/or motor to rotate out?


  14. My kitchenAid dishwasher is flashing clean. I pushed the high temps grab it and energy saver dry and all the lights are on but it still flashes clean after I press cancel. Any other suggestions??

    • Hi, have you tried picking three different buttons and pressing them 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3? That might reset the dishwasher?


      • After trying several recommended sequences, this worked!! yay…panel reset. But my dishwasher still isn’t working, it will not run. It’s like it sets up to run, then powers down. I had the clean button flashing 4x. Any other Suggestions?

  15. I’ve got a similar problem with a Jenn Air trifecta dishwasher — “Heavy Wash” LED light is blinking consistently, never stops. Dishwasher will not operate. Appears to be a service notification. I pushed some random buttons and stopped for a moment, but then continued. I also tried resetting by powering with fuse. No luck. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi, pick three different buttons and press them 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2,3 do all the lights come on? What happens after you do that? Anything?


      • thank you Mathew. Trying a couple things.
        I tried with three buttons – tried them each 3 times as well as a 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3; 1, 2, 3 combo. I used these buttons – sensor wash, heavy wash, normal wash.
        two of the three lit up, then back to the Heavy Wash blinking.

        I also saw the other response today and tried that: heated dry, normal wash, heated dry, normal wash, cancel. This caused the steam clean LED light is flashing. After a minute or so the heavy wash and heated dry LEDs came on then off, now steam clean is blinking.

      • Matthew –
        perhaps it was a combination of those two actions — it appears to have reset and is now working properly. Many thanks for the help!

        • Yes, that’s possible. Glad you’re back up and running. Good work. You’re most welcome. Happy to help.


  16. Before I saw your post, I saw another post about using the sequence: heated dry, normal wash, heated dry, normal wash, cancel. Somewhat similar to yours – that one worked for me! It appeared to drain some and then I hit cancel and the light disappeared. Thank you for your information too!

  17. I have a KitchenAid Model KUDT03FTBL0 dishwasher that is approximately 3 years old. The “Normal Wash” and the “Light/China” lights were alternating and the “Heavy Duty” and “Quick Clean-up” buttons were dimly lit. I went through the reboot processes described above and the 1-2-3 sequence seemed to reset the unit. I picked normal wash with heat dry and hit start. The unit came on tried to start and after about 15 seconds, the unit shut down. Now the “Light/China” button is flashing quickly and the “Heavy Duty”, “Normal” and “Quick Clean-Up” buttons are all dimly lit.

    Any suggestions?


    • Kyle, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. That’s really odd. I’m not able to pull the schematic for your model up. On the toe kick is the tech sheet with the error codes listed. It sounds like a possible touch pad issue but I would verify with the error codes on the tech sheet.

      If you hit a snag, or have more questions, please post back and I’ll try my best to assist.


  18. Thanks a bunch, thought i needed a new dishwasher, but your tip solved the problem!

  19. Many thanks to you Matthew. Our Kenmore dishwasher has been “on the blink” literally for a few months. I knew there had to be a way to at least interpret the seven blinks of the LED as a fault code. Thanks to you I also found out how to fix the problem. As my Irish friend says, “My the road be kind to ya”.

  20. I have the Kenmore Elite 66513792k602 dishwasher. The clean led light is blinking 7 times, which indicates a heater circuit problem? Dishwasher will only fill, tries to start up the cycle, then drains. Ive cleared the diagnostics a few times, and still get the same results, 7 blinks. I replaced the circulation pump, and checked the bi-metal fuse which has continuity. Obviously the door switch works, Cause the washer starts to fill. I’m into a 8 year old dishwasher now for $300. I’m stumped. The heating coil gets real hot, and the water temp going in was never an issue.

  21. Thank you for posting. God bless the Internet

  22. They just redid the water pipes on my street and my kitchen sink was clogged up I’m wondering how I would unclog anything on the dishwasher or if there isn’t some kind of filter like the sink has that needs to be cleaned?

  23. Kitchenaid KUDMOITJWHO – blinking clean light, reset by pushing HiTempScrub & EnergySaverDry, called repairman (he issued the death certificate, saying not worth it to fix….) 3 months later, still using dishwasher as it will run for 20 minutes on wash, drain, then blink it’s light. I do the button push to reset, put it on wash again. Repeat reset. Then I run rinse only twice. Dishes are clean. The thing I’d like to know, it what part should be replaced? The very odd thing is that every once in awhile, the dishwasher will run a full cycle perfectly and not blink at the end of it. Thoughts?

  24. I have a Kitchenaid model KUDS30IXSS, it starts and hums a few times then goes to the drain mode and shuts off, I have done the 1-2-3 rest and diagnostic mode and the clean light flashes 6 times pauses and then flashes 3 times, any ideas?

    • Hi, sounds like a pump motor issue to me. Have you made sure the impeller is not stuck or jammed with debris? That would cause this. The pump motor on these dishwashers are known for failing and causing this issue.


  25. Thanks so much. Our Whirlpool was blinking seven times. As you directed, I reset the control a week ago, and it has returned to running fine. You saved us at least a $100 service call.

  26. okay, wow. After spending over 30 minutes with Maytag (most of it on HOLD) I tried your method of repeating HIGH TEMP WASH/HEATED DRY and guess what? The flashing 9 went off. IT was driving me crazy, kept reminding me of that song on the Beatles White Album (number nine, number nine….)

    anyway, thanks.

  27. Thank you so much for this information! I tried the repair sequence and now my dishwasher is running like a top. I’m really glad I don’t have to hand wash all the dirty dishes that were loaded in it. You made my day so much better! I am very grateful to you.

  28. Thank you for the diagnosis of why my clean light was flashing 7 times. I followed your instructions and the main board reset itself. My dishwasher is getting louder so I expect to be back to learn how to change out the pump.THANKS AGAIN


  29. My Kenmore Elite dishwasher, series 665, had the flashing cleaning light signal. The reset procedure of Hi Temp Wash – Heated dry 3X worked and got the washer functioning, but at the end of each cycle the clean light flashes again and another reset in needed. The heating element feels only luke warm, but can’t be sure if it’s a burnt out element and the control board not turning the heat on. Any way to check without taking the washer out and tipping it over?

  30. I have a whirlpool gold series dishwasher. I just replaced the heating element and high limit thermostat. It still sin’t heating up any suggestions. Model #WDT710PAYM2 any suggestions would be helpful

  31. Thanks

  32. Thank you, my Kitchen Aid dishwasher clean light was blinking 7 times. I followed the instructions you gave to a previous post and it worked like a charm. You are the best. Thank you very much. Veronica

  33. I have a maytag dishwasher that is two years young and has been very frustrating. Lights all out, called service they pressed some buttons and it worked again for 150.00. second time I spent an hour blindly pressing buttons and got it working again. now six months later I am blindly pressing buttons again.
    The model is MDB8959SBS0 and serial# is F30903841. Why don’t they include the codes in the manual??

    Also is there a non computerized dishwasher still being built? I am in the market for one.
    Thanks in advance for any help,

  34. The light that is blinking for me is the LOCK button. I’ve flipped the breaker for 10 minutes, unplugged it overnight, and when i plug it back in, the LOCK button is still blinking. I’ve tried everything possible to “unlock” or shut that off. Nothing works. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  35. Worked like a charm on my Inglis washer. Many thanks.

  36. I have a maytag jetclean and got into diagnostics mode, got the board to reset, then in just a couple minutes the dreaded flashing start came back. When it was in diagnostics mode quickwash was flashing – any ideas what that means?

  37. Reset sequence worked like a charm…didn’t need to order parts or call the repairman. It’s amazing this isn’t in the manual. Thanks much!

  38. Reset worked great! Thank you

  39. Thanks so much for this post. We would have purchased a whole new dishwasher if I hadnt seen this! Our Maytag had been flashing “clean” for days and not allowing any cycles. FOLLOWING these steps fixed our broken dishwasher immediately!

  40. Hi, i have Whirlpool dishwasher and i have 4 buttons: on, off, P button (when you press the button program is changing: washing, 40, 50 and 70) and i think start button. Can you help me and tell me how to reset it. Sometimes it works but usually dont.

  41. Hey thanks, the reset works on my kenmore .

  42. HI
    I have a kudp01flss6 kitchenaid dishwasher and the clean light is blinking 7 times. I hit the hi-temp scrub, energy saver dry, hi-temp scrub, energy saver dry. all the lights go on. I hit cancel all the lights go out except cancel light. I hit cancel again and cancel light goes out. But the clean light is still blinking 7 times.
    How can I tell if the reset is working or not? Any other ideas?
    I tried the 1-2-3 but couldn’t find a combo that worked.
    Thanks much

  43. I found my fix. This worked for me on a kudp01flss6
    The reset sequence used was reported to be the following:
    1) Crack the door open.
    2) Within 3 seconds press the following sequence – Hi Temp Scrub, Energy Saver Dry, Hi Temp Scrub, Energy Saver Dry
    3) Press the cancel button (the circle with the triangle in it)
    4) Close the door

  44. HI – Our Whirlpool DU1055 dishwasher clean light was blinking 7 times. We used your method (high temp wash, heated dry a cuple times) to eliminate the blinking light and it worked. I then ran a cycle and the machine does not fill with water. However, the clean light is no longer on. Any advice? Thank you, Elaine

  45. I have a Kenmore Elite – the Clean button is flashing 7 times. However, I can’t find any combination of buttons that makes it reset. I don’t have “Heated Dry” as an option. I’ve tried Normal Wash/Air Dry/Normal Wash/Air Dry/Normal Wash/Air Dry…nothing. I’ve tried three different Wash cycle buttons in the 123 pattern. Nothing. Any other suggestion? My button options are SmartWash, Anti-Bacterial, Pots & Pans, Normal Wash, China/Gentle, Quick Rinse, Hi-Temp Scrub, Sani-Rinse, Air Dry Lock, Delay Hours, Cancel/Drain, and Start.

  46. Hi, I have a Whirlpool Gold Series dishwasher that had the clean light blinking 7 times. I recently replaced the heating element & thermostat and the washer work fine on the 1st use. Started the washer 2 days later just before I left for work. Got a txt from my wife that said the light was blinking again. Should I have reset the board after replacing the parts? Or could there be something else wrong?

  47. Whoop whoop … This helped me get mine started … Thanks y’all!

  48. I have a maytag quiet series 300, we opened the unit mid cycle and it will not restart. The start/resume light is flashing and it will not restart. I triennial cutting the power for 5 minutes with no change and tried the reset sequence. Any suggestions


  49. Thank-you, I reset the control board and it works fine!

  50. Thanks Matthew

    Reset the board on a whirlpool that was blinking 7 times and now
    working great. Thanks for the skinny on fixing it.


  51. I have the Kitchenaid KUDT03FTPA2 (wood paneled, can’t use keypad unless you open the door). The cycle is not completing – the bottom has water, the soap door didn’t open, and the dishes aren’t clean. I tried canceling and restarting, and finally the soap dispensed, and a second time the water drained, but it never felt very hot, and they didn’t dry (and they don’t feel clean). Still, the clean light is flashing and won’t stop. And I can’t even cancel anymore… even after turning off/on the power. My husband found a reboot sequence online couple of months ago, but it wasn’t easy to find, and I can’t find it, and he’s gone for the weekend. I don’t think it was any of the above suggestions. Any suggestions?

  52. What should I do if my KitchenAid dishwasher only blinks two times? Thank you.

  53. Thanks so much for the advice. Last week my dw shorted out and then this week it was the flashing clean light so googled it and found your advice and we are back in business. Thanks so much for such a wonderful service.

  54. I changed the drain pump, reset the board and it solved the problem

  55. Thank you sir, the control board reset method worked!

  56. Sweet!
    After getting my butt chewed out by my wife for messing up our Whirlpool dishwasher. My search lead me to this site. Used your advice for clearing the control panel and it’s back up and running like normal!!! Yea!!! Wife is happy again! Really though she still just likes chewing me out! Lol!

    Thanks for the great advice!!!
    Dale from Iowa

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