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How to Reset Kenmore Dishwasher

Among other reasons, the Kenmore dishwasher is a budget-friendly washer that comes with sophisticated washing technology. The majority of people prefer the Kenmore dishwasher since it is cost-effective and gets the job done. Coupled with that, the noise is minimal while performing a wash cycle.

That said, the Kenmore dishwasher seems like a good buy, however you might begin to experience issues with the washer after years of usage. Usually two years.

Some Kenmore Dishwasher issues might require a repairman, while some might just need a Kenmore dishwasher reset.

Before you think of calling up a repairman, you should try out a Kenmore dishwasher reset. 

The reset procedure varies based on your model number since the instruction on how to reset it comes with the device manual.

However, if you can’t find yours, don’t worry. I will walk you through the steps to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset.

How to Carry out a Kenmore Dishwasher reset

The reset procedures vary with the model and type. Plus there are different types of reset you can carry depending on what exactly you are trying to resolve. 

Below, I will be focusing on the types since the reset instructions are very similar

Kenmore Quiet Guard Standard Dishwasher Reset

Kenmore Quiet Guard Standard Dishwasher Reset

If you own a Quite Guard standard Dishwasher, you have to wait for the water to flow away from the guide arm completely before starting the reset process.

With that said, here are the steps you ought to follow to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset, for the Quiet Guard Dishwasher

  • Firstly check the soap dispenser and ensure it isn’t empty, if it is. Try filling it up and closing the soap dispenser door.
  • After doing that, press the “cancel/drain” button twice. 
  • Next, press the “start/resume” button. 
  • Finally, close and latch the door of the dishwasher for 3 seconds.

After following these steps, your Kenmore Quite Gaurd dishwasher will be reset.

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But if you are using a different version like the Elite, the above steps might not work for you. Therefore, we’ll proceed to the Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Reset.

If you have a Kenmore Quiet Guard dishwasher and this method doesn’t resolve the issue you are facing, kindly jump to the hard reset instructions in this post

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Reset

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Reset

If you own an Elite Kenmore Dishwasher the reset procedure varies from the first one I discussed. Over here, you have to press some buttons in a sequence.

Here are the steps to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset, for the Elite Dishwasher

  • In no more than one second per press. Press any three of the 123 keys with a 1-second gap. 
  • After doing that, the Dishwasher should pick up and clear any kind of error code issues.

If you own a Kenmore Elite dishwasher and this method doesn’t resolve the issue you are facing, kindly jump to the Hard reset instructions in this post.

Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher Reset

Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher Reset

The Kenmore Ultra Dishwasher Reset Follows a similar method to the Elite reset since you have to follow a reset sequence. however, there are some differences in the steps.

Here are the steps to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset for the Ultra Dishwasher

  • Go on your Dishwasher control panel and press any three keys in the sequence 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2 -3 within a 1-second interval between each press.
  • After doing that, The lights on your Kenmore dishwasher should show a green light.
  • Now, close the door of the dishwasher. The light demarcating “clean” would begin to flash.
  • Wait for the “high temp” light to flash.
  • Once it starts flashing wait for a minute before you open the dishwasher
  • After doing this simply, power off your dishwasher and turn it back on for usage.

NOTE: Anytime your dishwasher displays this error, simply press the “High Tem” button to resolve it.

If this Kenmore dishwasher reset method doesn’t resolve the issue you are facing with your dishwasher, kindly check the next heading.

Kenmore Dishwasher Hard Reset.

Now, you might have tried the methods above without experiencing any positive outcome. Probably your Kenmore dishwasher type wasn’t mentioned above.

If you are facing any of these cases you should Carry out a hard reset on your Kenmore dishwasher. 

A Kenmore Dishwasher hard reset works for most versions of the Kenmore dishwasher, so you should give it a try.

Here is how to do that

  • If you have a circuit breaker connected to your Kenmore dishwasher Trip it off while it’s still on 
  • Now, wait for 30 seconds before turning it back on
  • If you don’t have one, you can simply unplug it from the power sockets while waiting for 30 seconds before plugging it back again
  • This method should clear any error code the dishwasher has.

Below are other reset methods that work perfectly if your dishwasher has the “heated dry“, “reset cycle” Pot and pan” buttons.

Kenmore Dishwasher Heated Dry Reset

Some Kenmore dishwashers come with a heated dry reset button. If you have one. Using the button to carry out a reset works pretty well.

Anyway, here is how you can do that

  • Press the heated dry button and then switch to a normal wash. 
  • Do the step above one more time.
  • After carrying out the sequence latch and close the dishwasher immediately
  • Now power on the dishwasher and do a short cycle to begin the reset process.

After following this step, the dishwasher should have been reset.

Kenmore Dishwasher Select Cycle Reset

Kenmore Dishwasher Select Cycle Reset

Now, if your Kenmore dishwasher model comes with a select cycle button then you should be able to carry out a select cycle reset

  • here is how you can do that.
  • Press the select cycle button and press the heated dry.
  • Do the above steps three times
  • After doing that, all the lights would come ON.
  • Once you notice that, press Cancel/Drain to start a quick test cycle.
  • Ensure you use the buttons in the sequence simultaneously
  • Now, close the dishwasher and latch it so that the test cycle can start.

Kenmore Dishwasher Pots and Pans Reset

Apart from the heated dry and select cycle methods, you can also try out the pot and pan reset methods by following the steps outlined below.

  • here is how to do that
  • Start a wash cycle by choosing pots and pans for the first wash
  • Now, select Normal and one-hour wash two times.

As soon as the door is latched and closed. the light would come on and the dishwasher would go through a short cycle immediately after it comes ON.

Kenmore Dishwasher Outer Button Reset

The outer reset button works similarly to the heated dry reset button if your Kenmore model has the button.

Here is how you carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset if you have an outer button reset on your dishwasher

  • Long press the two outer buttons at the same time for at least three seconds
  • After doing that, close and latch the dishwasher door and run a short water test cycle

After carrying out this method, your Kenmore dishwasher should be reset

you might be surprised to see blinking lights on the exterior control panel of your appliance

Looking to see the best way to reset the dishwasher. Is there a pattern on the panel that can be pressed or will disconnecting power for 5 minutes accomplish the same thing?

Kenmore Dishwasher reset 665

If you own a 665 model, a hard reset should be able to resolve it. and to Kenmore dishwasher reset, simply trip off the power at the circuit breaker while waiting for 10 minutes.

Now, trip it back on while starting a short cycle to see if it resets. If it doesn’t, then you might need to replace the keypad control.

How to reset Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher

if you own a Kenmore ultra wash dishwasher follow the steps below to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset

  • Go on your Dishwasher control panel and press any three keys in the sequence 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2 -3 within a 1-second interval between each press.
  • After doing that, Th lights on your Kenmore dishwasher should show a green light.
  • Now, close the door of the dishwasher. The light demarcating “clean” would begin to flash.
  • Wait for the “high temp” light to flash.
  • Once it starts flashing, wait for a minute before you open the dishwasher
  • After doing this, simply power off your dishwasher and turn it back on for usage.

If after doing this, the dishwasher isn’t coming, perform a hard reset

Kenmore Dishwasher won’t start but lights come on

There are many reasons why your Kenmore dishwasher may not start, but if your Kenmore dishwasher won’t start but the lights come on, you might have pressed the start button many times.

Once you press the start button the second time. it will carry out a reset while running a drain cycle for 90 seconds. so what you have to do si wait for 90 seconds while the drain cycle completes before starting the dishwasher again. 

Kenmore Smartwash Dishwasher reset

To reset your Kenmore Smartwash dishwasher, simply carry out a hard reset by either tripping the power at the circuit breaker OFF, while waiting for 10 minutes before you flip it on. Or unplug it from the wall socket and wait for 10 minutes before plugging it back

Since you’ve been aware of how to carry out a Kenmore dishwasher reset, let’s proceed to some frequently asked questions from other Kenmore users

How to Reset Kenmore Dishwasher model 587

To reset this model, you can do that by closing and latching the door and pressing each of these buttons in this sequence

  • high temp wash
  • heated dry
  • high temp wash
  • heated dry

After doing this, it should reset, if this doesn’t work a hard reset is a safe bet.

How do you do a hard reset on a Kenmore Dishwasher?

There are different ways to reset a Kenmore dishwasher depending on the model and type you are using. However, the most generic approach is to 

  • Press the “heated dry” button 
  • then the “normal wash” button 
  • then again the “heated dry” again
  • and then the “normal wash”.

Once you press these four in an arrow your dishwasher would start a 12 minutes test cycle which resets the dishwasher.

How do I reset the control panel on my Kenmore Dishwasher?

To reset your control panel follow these steps below

  • Firstly, Unlock the dishwasher control panel by holding down the heated dry button” for 4 seconds.
  • Now, Press these sequences simultaneously
    • Heated Dry
    • Normal Wash
    • Heated Dry
    • Normal Wash.
  • Wait for the dishwasher to start a diagnostic test.

Once it is done, press the “cancel/drain” button to reset the dishwasher control panel.

Conclusion:

The Kenmore washer works quite well, but over a long period of using it, you could get into a common error code issue which might require that you reset the washer. But by now you should have figured out how to do a Kenmore dishwasher reset with ease. if you are still having any issues with it, contact the Kenmore customer care 

If you own a whirlpool washer for your clothes you can check out a comprehensive way to reset it over here.

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