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How To Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher

Is your Whirlpool dishwasher not working properly? Are your dishes still dirty after being run through a complete cycle? It may be time to reset the dishwasher. But how do you reset a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You can reset a Whirlpool dishwasher by power cycling the dishwasher. Turn the dishwasher off by either unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker. Let the dishwasher rest without power for at least 10 minutes before restoring power.

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Dishwashers are a great appliance. They save us time and they help to keep us and our families healthy. So when the dishwasher does not work correctly, it can be frustrating. This article will walk you through how to reset the dishwasher so you can get back to your life.

Different models of Whirlpool dishwashers may have different settings or different ways of resetting the dishwasher. The steps outlined in this article are basic steps that you can modify for your specific model of dishwasher.

Can You Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher?

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Your Whirlpool dishwasher is not responding to new commands so you want to try resetting it. Can you reset a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You can reset a Whirlpool dishwasher by pressing the ‘Heated Dry’ button and the ‘Normal’ button in quick succession, two times. If the dishwasher does not reset, open the dishwasher door and press the two buttons again.

Resetting the dishwasher is helpful anytime there has been a power outage or power surge. The surge in power can cause the dishwasher to become stuck, not responding to new commands.

If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, invest in a good surge protector. This will protect the dishwasher from becoming damaged by the surge in electricity and it will save you from resetting the dishwasher every time the power goes out.

Is There A Reset Button On A Whirlpool Dishwasher?

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You want to reset your Whirlpool dishwasher but you don’t see the reset button. Is there a reset button on a Whirlpool dishwasher?

There is not a reset button on a Whirlpool dishwasher. Depending on the model of Whirlpool dishwasher you have, you can press a sequence of buttons that will initiate the dishwasher’s self-diagnosis mode, resetting the dishwasher.

Oftentimes the simplest way to reset a Whirlpool dishwasher is by removing power from the dishwasher. Removing power from the dishwasher will enable the electricity within the control board to drain out.

Once the electricity has drained out, the control board can be reset. Return power to the dishwasher and run a test cycle.

How To Factory Reset A Whirlpool Dishwasher

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A factory reset will return the dishwasher to its original default settings. How do you factory reset a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You can factory reset a Whirlpool dishwasher by disconnecting it from its power source. Unplug the dishwasher from the wall outlet. If the dishwasher is hardwired to the power supply, turn off the breaker supplying power to the dishwasher.

Another way to factory reset a Whirlpool dishwasher is by pressing a sequence of buttons. There are two sequences you can use to do a factory reset on a Whirlpool dishwasher.

First Sequence

Step 1: Close the dishwasher door and make sure it is in standby mode.

Step 2: Starting from the left, press any three command keys one at a time, in sequence.

Step 3: Repeat the sequence three times. Wait no longer than one second between pressing each key.

Step 4: The ‘Clean’ or ‘Completed’ light will flash several times. This means the dishwasher has been reset. The dishwasher will automatically start a test cycle.

Second Sequence

Step 1: Make sure the dishwasher door is closed and the dishwasher is in Standby Mode.

Step 2: Depending on the Whirlpool dishwasher model you have, you will press either the ‘High Temp Scrub’ and ‘Air Dry’ buttons or the ‘Sani Rinse’ and ‘Air Dry’ buttons.

Step 3: Press the sequence of buttons 10 times in a row, allowing no longer than one second between each button press.

Step 4: The lights on the control panel will flash as the dishwasher is resetting. You will also hear the dishwasher go through different cycles. This is normal. The process will take at least 20 minutes.

How Do I Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher Control Board

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You are pressing the command buttons on the dishwasher control panel but the dishwasher is not responding. Can you reset the control board on a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You can reset the Whirlpool dishwasher control board by turning the dishwasher off and on again. Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting your model of Whirlpool dishwasher has. Select the ‘Heat’ dry cycle.

After pressing the sequence of buttons, wait for 1 to 2 minutes and repeat the steps again. Now try to run a test cycle to see if the control board reset.

The control board is the brain of the dishwasher. It is responsible for relaying electrical signals to every component of the dishwasher.

When there is a surge in power, the control board becomes stuck, unable to respond to new commands. Running a self-diagnosis within the dishwasher will help clear out errors within the control board.

Self-Diagnosis

Newer Whirlpool models will often alert you to an issue by using a series of beeps or flashing lights on the display panel. These lights and sounds are the error codes.

You can put the dishwasher into self-diagnostic mode by pressing any three buttons consecutively. Once the diagnostic mode has been run, there will be either a beeping sound or the control panel display will light up to let you know the dishwasher has been reset.

Run a test cycle to see if the error codes have been cleared out. The dishwasher should operate as normal. If the error codes appear again within a few days it might be best to call a Whirlpool technician to inspect the problem further.

There could be an electrical issue that is causing the dishwasher to have power surges or the control board is faulty and it needs to be replaced.

Replace The Control Board

You have tried all the steps mentioned above but your dishwasher is still not responding. It may be time to replace the control board. This is not as scary as it sounds.

You will need to consult the User’s Manual or do a quick Google search to identify which type of control board your Whirlpool dishwasher uses. Once you have the replacement board, follow the steps below to replace it.

Step 1: Turn off power to the dishwasher by either unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker supplying power to the dishwasher.

Step 2: Use a screwdriver to remove the control panel from the face of the dishwasher.

Step 3: Take note of the wires connected to the control panel. Disconnect the old panel.

Step 4: Connect the wires to the new control board.

Step 5: Use the screwdriver to replace the cover of the control board on the dishwasher.

Step 6: Restore power to the dishwasher.

Step 7: Once the display panel stops lighting up, run a test cycle to make sure the control board is working.

How To Reset Control lock On Whirlpool Dishwasher

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The control lock feature is a great way to prevent the controls from being accidentally pressed. What can you do if it does get pressed? How do you reset the control lock on a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You can reset the Control Lock on a Whirlpool dishwasher by pressing and holding the ‘Control Lock Hold 3 Sec’ button. Hold the button for 3 seconds. The display light will flash when the feature has been reset.

Another way to reset the Control Lock on a Whirlpool dishwasher is by pressing the ‘Heated Dry’ button. Hold the button for 5 seconds or until the ‘Control Lock’ button is no longer illuminated.

If the Control Lock button is still engaged, open and close the dishwasher door and try the sequence again. You can also unplug the dishwasher for at least 10 minutes to reset the entire control board.

How To Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher Cycle

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The dishwasher starts but it will not advance to the next cycle. How do you reset a Whirlpool dishwasher cycle?

You can reset a Whirlpool dishwasher cycle by clearing the control board’s memory. This is an important step if there was a recent power outage or power surge. The surge in electricity will cause the last command to become stuck.

Remove power from the dishwasher by disconnecting it from its power source for at least 5 minutes. This will allow time for the last command to be erased from the dishwasher’s memory. After 5 minutes, return power and start a new cycle.

Dishwashers are not complicated machines. Like any appliance that is used often, regular maintenance is needed to prolong its life and keep it running efficiently.

It is good to run the self-diagnostic feature once in a while. Here is how you can activate the self-diagnostic mode.

Step 1: Turn the dishwasher on.

Step 2: Press the ‘Rinse’ cycle button.

Step 3: Turn the dishwasher off.

Step 4: While the dishwasher is still turned off, press and hold the ‘Start’ button.

Step 5: When the dishwasher turns on, press and hold the ‘Start’ button again.

Step 6: Continue pressing the ‘Start’ button until you see a flashing light.

Step 7: Press the ‘Start’ button one more time and then open and close the dishwasher door.

Step 8: A 12-minute test cycle will now start. If the dishwasher detects a problem, the cycle will stop and you will hear a beeping noise. Take note of the flashing lights and see what error code it is alerting you to.

How To Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher Thermostat

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The dishwasher is not reaching the desired temperature. How do you reset a dishwasher thermostat?

You can reset a Whirlpool dishwasher thermostat by pressing the reset button on the thermostat. Remove the bottom front panel from the dishwasher to locate the thermostat. Press and hold the button on the thermostat for 15 seconds.

One way to know if your Whirlpool dishwasher’s thermostat is working or not is if the dishes are not fully dry at the end of the dry cycle. The thermostat regulates the temperature throughout the wash cycle and then heats the dishes dry.

How To Reset Whirlpool Dishwasher Pump

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You open the dishwasher to unload it only to find there is a pool of water sitting in the bottom of the dishwasher. The pump is not working. Can you reset a Whirlpool dishwasher pump?

You cannot reset a Whirlpool dishwasher pump. Dishwasher pumps are electronic parts that either work or they don’t. Unfortunately, the only way to know they are not working is when the dishwasher will not drain. The pump will need to be replaced.

While the pump cannot be reset, you can test it to make sure it is indeed the culprit for why your dishwasher is not draining. With a few simple tools, you can test the pump yourself.

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To test the pump, you will need a screwdriver and a multimeter tool and enough strength and kitchen space to turn the dishwasher on its side.

Step 1: Disconnect the dishwasher from its power source by either unplugging it or turning off the circuit breaker supplying its power.

Step 2: Pull the dishwasher out and lay it on its side. You will need to be able to remove the bottom plate to access the pump.

Step 3: Disconnect any wires or other connectors that may be attached to your model of Whirlpool dishwasher.

Step 4: Use the multimeter tool to check for an electrical current coming from the two terminals on the pump.

Step 5: If there is no continuity, the pump is in good shape.

If the drain pump is in good shape, other areas to inspect when investigating issues with drainage are the drain line. If the drain line is clogged, water will not be able to drain out of the dishwasher.

The pump itself could simply be blocked with food or other debris that is preventing the water from draining out. Be sure to wear cut-resistant gloves when removing the pump in case there are shards of broken glass around the pump.

How Do You Reset The Heating Element On A Whirlpool Dishwasher

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Dishwashers require a heating element to heat the water to the appropriate temperature to clean and sanitize the dishes. If it is not working, can you reset the heating element in a Whirlpool dishwasher?

You cannot reset the heating element on a Whirlpool dishwasher. If the heating element is no longer working, it needs to be replaced. If the heating element has cracks or no longer has a smooth appearance, it needs to be replaced.

The heating element in a Whirlpool dishwasher can be replaced but it involves laying the dishwasher on its side to get underneath the dishwasher. The screws holding the element in place are located underneath the dishwasher.

If you are not comfortable with this, a qualified Whirlpool technician can safely and easily make the replacement.

How To Hard Reset Whirlpool Gold Dishwasher

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You love the sleek design and look of your Whirlpool Gold dishwasher but it’s not working correctly. How do you reset a Whirlpool Gold dishwasher?

You can hard reset a Whirlpool Gold dishwasher by pressing and holding both the ‘On/Off’ and ‘Start/Pause’ buttons together. Hold the buttons for 60 seconds. The dishwasher will run a self-diagnosis test cycle.

Anytime a hard reset is performed, saved settings will be deleted. Once the dishwasher is operating normally, you can re-enter your preferences.

Running a self-diagnostic test on the dishwasher is a good way to check that each of the dishwasher components is working. Everything from the water valve to the drain pump is checked.

Reset Code For Whirlpool Dishwasher

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Are you getting an error code from your Whirlpool dishwasher? These codes are how your dishwasher alerts you to a problem that needs your attention.

Whether your model of Whirlpool dishwasher gives an actual code or the display panel lights up, these codes need to be investigated.

Once you have investigated the issue and can verify there is no issue, run a diagnostic test on the dishwasher to confirm everything is working and also to reset the dishwasher.

Step 1: Turn the dishwasher on.

Step 2: Press and hold the ‘Rinse’ button.

Step 3: Turn the dishwasher off.

Step 4: When you turn the dishwasher back on, press the ‘Start’ button at the same time.

Step 5: Continue holding the ‘Start’ button until the lights on the control panel start flashing.

Step 6: Press the ‘Start’ button again and close the dishwasher door.

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Step 7: The dishwasher will now run a test cycle. If an error is found, an error code will be displayed or a sequence of lights will flash.

The reset code for a Whirlpool dishwasher is a sequence of buttons. You can press the ‘Heated Dry’ and ‘Normal’ buttons in sequence two times. You can also press any three buttons on the control panel in sequence, waiting no longer than one second between each button.

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