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Flashing Lights on Control Panel

Last night, I went to start my dishwasher. I pressed the Start button before noticing that I was on "Pots and Pans" instead of "Normal". I immediately pressed the "Cancel" button in order to change the cycle. I heard the drain cycle start and finish, then I saw the "Normal" button flashing. I could not select any other cycle, and got no reaction when pressing "Start". I pressed the "Cancel" button again, but it just started flashing as well as the "Normal" button. At this point, I flipped the circuit breaker off, counted to 10, and flipped it back on. This made the "Cancel" button stop flashing, but the "Normal" button kept flashing. I then checked the interior to make sure that the overfill cover moved freely, that the sprayers could all turn freely, and that the filters were clear. No change. I tried the reset procedures found elsewhere in this forum (alternately pressing "Heated Dry" and "Normal"; pressing any three buttons in sequence three times; and pressing and holding various buttons for three seconds each) with no success. The trouble shooting guide from Whirlpool does not address anything associated with flashing lights. I've left the door open and unlatched for 12 hours now with no change. Any suggestions that don't involve calling a repairman?

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What everyone fails to tell you in these answers is....1. You can't reset it if the lights are on. Each time you hit the normal and heated dry, and it doesn't work, you're sending a signal to the control board to make another selection. Wait until all the lights are off, with the door open, press the "Normal" button, then "Heated Dry, and then do it again. Shut the door and all the lights will come on at once. It's reset then. Don't try and reset it with the "Pots and Pans" light on, just leave the door open and wait for the lights to go off. This means the control board has finished running through all the buttons that were pushed and it's waiting for a new signal.

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meadbrewer try to reset your dishwasher. To reset it, you will have to have the door open. It can not be latched. Press "Heated Dry," "Normal," "Heated Dry," "Normal" within three seconds of the first pressed button. Now close the door, this should reset your dishwasher. Hope this helps, good luck

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Tried that. Also tried clicking the circuit breaker off for a few minutes. Neither worked.

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Ever figure out what was wrong? Mine is doing the same thing.

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Is a here a resolution to blinking normal light yet? We've tried resets, stopping power for at least 1 minute. Any sure-fire answers? Thanks to all!

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The reset made absolutely no change in mine.

I tried holding down the "normal" button while the door was open and, once released, it allowed me to start it up again.

But it will only get through the washing cycle. At some point during or after the washing cycle, but before the drying it stops and starts flashing under "normal" again.

Is it dead? Is it trying to tell me something is wrong with a component in the dry cycle?

Please help!

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You've absolutely got to wait until the Pots & Pans/Normal lights go off and this will only happen with the door closed. Lights off, open the door, press normal/heated dry/normal/heated dry. Shut door, all lights will blink and then it's back to normal. If not, and you keep pressing buttons, it's going to take that much longer to reset.

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I am so grateful for this ifixit chain on fixing dishwasher flashing lights!!! I fixed something for the first time in my life, thanks to all your posts. It seemed not to work, but thanks to Sally King, I just kept repeating. For me the sequence was: With my left hand extended to the max, hit red circuit breaker tab on the wall, which shut panel lights for about one second; instantly hit the Heated Dry button with my maximally extended right hand already hovered in place; quickly hit Normal button, then Heated Dry again and Normal again; close door. The Normal button still blinked; so I opened the door and repeated the circuit breaker-Heated Dry-Normal-Heated Dry-Normal-close door operation quite a few times. Eventually I got a full light panel display; but the Normal button immediately resumed blinking. So back to the routine, with a bit of hope. Then I got a Resume Wash, which I hit. The washer went to work; but defaulted to blinking Normal in half a minute. This happened several times. And I went back to the circuit breaker-Heated Dry-Normal-Heated Dry-Normal-close door routine. The dishwasher started up in different cycles several times, again defaulting to the blinking Normal. But it finally caught in a cycle and completed the cycle. I then ran a full cycle wash with no problems. Hallelujah!! We don’t have to call a repairman or buy a new dishwasher, thanks to y’all.

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What finally worked for me was that I pressed the suggested button sequence immediately after I plugged the power back on. I repeated the sequence several times while the dishwasher was plugged in, and it just wouldn’t work.

Try disconnecting power, and within a second of powering the dishwasher follow the reset sequence the others have described. Good luck!

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