How to Reset Kenmore Dishwasher?

Kenmore dishwasher has multiple cleaning features, including MircoClean, PowerWash, SmartDry, and TurboZone. A user can change the dishwasher’s setting according to his choice from the control panel during the dishwashing cycle. For this purpose, he should know how to reset the dishwasher.

Besides this, if the Kenmore dishwasher stops working in the middle of the dishwashing process, it could be frustrating. If you see blinking lights on the external control panel of the dishwasher, it means your dishwasher needs to be reset. That’s why every Kenmore user must know the resetting methods.

Kenmore Dishwasher Resetting

Resetting Kenmore dishwashers is not tricky or complicated as most people think. You can reset it with simple methods. Follow the given procedures to rest your Kenmore dishwasher quite easily.

1. Heated Dry Reset 

For every Kenmore built-in dishwasher, there is a generic solution for its resetting. For a general reset, you first need to push the heated dry button and the normal wash button. After this, again, you need to press heated dry and normal wash buttons, respectively. You will have to press these buttons in the same order as described.

After pressing these buttons in the sequence, you should switch to the test mode. This test cycle mode will remain for almost twelve minutes. After completing the test cycle, the dishwasher ultimately resets in most cases. This method is called heated dry reset. If it does not work, then go for the other ways.

Heated dry

2. Hard Reset

The hard reset method is also effective and common for almost all Kenmore dishwashers. This is one of the easiest ways to reset your Kenmore dishwasher. Firstly, you will have to unplug the dishwasher from the electric power source. Then wait for almost 30 seconds to plug it again into the power source.

Your dishwasher forces the control panel to shut down all settings by following this reset method. Then the dishwasher gets ready for a new cycle after resetting.

3. Select Cycle Reset

If your dishwasher has a select cycle button, you can go for a select cycle reset instead of the heated dry method. Kenmore model number 13802 resets in this way. In this method, you will have to press the series of buttons in a particular way to reset your dishwasher.

First, press the select cycle button, then options, and the heated dry button respectively. Repeat this chain; select cycle, options, heated dry. Repeat the sequence of pressing these buttons one more time; select cycle, options, heated dry. Then you will notice all the lights will be on. So, you can now press the cancel or drain button to start a test cycle.

Remember that the pause in pressing buttons should not exceed one second. Also, check the proper lid and latch closer before starting the test cycle. By adopting this method, your Kenmore dishwasher will reset quite simply.

4. Pots and Pans Reset

If you find no results with heated dry, select cycle, and hard reset, you can opt for the pots and pans reset method. Your Kenmore dishwasher’s control panel has four cycle choices. All you have to do is press the pots and pans button, then the normal wash button, and at the end one-hour cycle button. You have to repeat this process twice for resetting.

After pressing these buttons in sequence, you will notice that all lights will be on. Close the door and latch the dishwasher and start the test cycle. After this short test cycle, your dishwasher will probably reset for a new command.

pots and pans

5. Outer Button Reset

Outer button reset option is also available if your Kenmore dishwasher model has no heated dry button. Your control panel will have three buttons. You have to press the two outer buttons at the same time and hold them for at least three seconds. After that, close the dishwasher and latch to start the test cycle.

If this method didn’t work for your dishwasher, then press any three buttons in a row at least three times. You have to press buttons side by side. It can trigger the resetting of your dishwasher.

Kenmore Elite Dishwasher Reset

Kenmore elite model dishwasher could also be reset by following a simple method. You can reset this model when it is on standby. You have to press any three buttons in a proper sequence. So, you must press the keys in the 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3 series to reset the elite model dishwasher.

The pause between pressing buttons should not exceed one second. If it does not reset in this way, you can opt for any other methods discussed above.

Kenmore Ultra Wash Dishwasher Reset

Resetting of Kenmore ultra wash model is similar to elite model but with few more steps. The first step is the same as resetting the elite model. Press any three buttons in the same sequence, like 1-2-3. Do not take a break or pause for more than a second in between pressing these buttons. You will notice that all lights on your dishwasher will turn green.

Close your dishwasher door, and you will see that the “clean” light is blinking. After almost one minute, the “high temp” button light will also start blinking. You will have to open your dishwasher door and press the high-temperature button when it happens. This step will retune your dishwasher. Now, turn off the cycle and restart your Kenmore ultra wash dishwasher.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to reset Kenmore dishwasher model 587?

To reset Kenmore dishwasher model 587, you will have to press two outer buttons at the same time. For the selection of buttons, you can take help from user manual. Hold these buttons for at least three seconds. After latching the dishwasher, a short rest cycle will start. Upon its completion, 587-model will be reset.

2. Do Kenmore dishwashers have a reset button?

Kenmore dishwashers have a set of buttons that helps in resetting. These sets are heated dry sequence and outer button sequence. Generally, the heated dry series is used by pressing a heated dry button and then a normal wash button. Repeat this step one more time to reset your dishwasher.

3. How to reset the control panel on the Kenmore dishwasher?

To reset the control panel of the Kenmore dishwasher, you have to press the cancel/drain button. Run an empty cycle. After completing the cycle, power off the dishwasher. Wait for at least 30 seconds to restore the power. In the end, your control panel will be reset.


  • Stephen Powers

    Appliance repair guy from Washington. I am majorly experienced in dishwashers, water filters and refrigerators, AMA on my twitter account.

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