Kenmore Elite Dishwashers are enriched with various useful features. Lock mode is one of them. It is a safety feature that prevents your washing cycle from accidental touches. You can also use this feature to save your cycles from the touches of children when you don’t stay around your dishwasher. But when one or more buttons in the control panel don’t work, the lock mode gets stuck and you are totally unable to use control panel. In this point, you must know how to unlock Kenmore elite dishwasher.

But don’t worry! Here I am giving you a simple but effective trick to resolve your problem. If this process doesn’t work for you, you may need to replace the control panel.

How to Unlock Kenmore Elite Dishwasher
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Unlock Your Kenmore Elite Dishwasher with Buttons

Step 1

Press “Heated Dry” or “Air Dry” from the control panel until the Lock Button lights up. In this point, you will notice “Locked” in the display.

Step 2

Keep in mind that any button you press will flash 4 times when the machine is in the lock mode. But they won’t work.

Step 3

Now, press the “Heated Dry” or “Air Dry” button for 4 seconds. It will unlock your dishwasher’s control panel and the light should go off.

Troubleshoot Your Elite Dishwasher’s Lock Mode

When your Kenmore elite dishwasher is locked and you press any button, it will flash four times. If the buttons continue flashing, it means the button is stuck. Until the button gets unstuck, you can’t release Lock Mode. If you face problem unlocking the Lock Mode, it may happen for stuck control button even when the light isn’t flashing. To unlock the stuck button, turn down the circuit breaker or turn off the power switch. Wait for at least five minutes. It will allow your dishwasher’s control panel to reset. Now turn up the circuit breaker or power up your machine. Finally, you will get an unlocked Kenmore elite dishwasher. If it is not unlocked, press the “Heated Dry” button for four seconds and you will get the washer unlocked.

Final Words

Are you tired unlocking your Kenmore dishwasher and failed? In this case, your machine’s control panel may be damaged and you need to replace it. So, contact with Kenmore Customer Care and send your dishwasher to their local service center to repair it.

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