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FIXED KUDE70FVSS2 Kitchenaid Dishwasher Lights Blinking 6-1

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BWayne

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KUDE70FVSS2
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The Kitchen Aid dishwasher has lights blinking on the control panel continuously 6 times, a pause and then 1 time.

Have done a hard reset by switching off the breaker and then pressing Hi Temp - Heated Dry until all the LEDs flash.

Restarted the cycle but the appliance stops mid way and then the 6 - 1 blinking repeats. Water had collected at the bottom and pressed cancel to drain out.

Unsure if this is an inlet valve issue or washer pump issue or something else.

Would greatly appreciate your inputs here.
 

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Check for error codes in the service diagnostic cycle. To invoke the Diagnostics Cycle, perform the following while in standby mode.

■ Press Start key to wake up control panel.

■ Press any 3 keys in the sequence 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3 with no more than 1 second between key presses.

■ The Service Diagnostics Cycle will start when the door is closed.

■ Invoking Service Diagnostics Cycle clears all status and last run information from memory and restores defaults. It also forces the next cycle to be a sensor calibration cycle.

■ Last Run cycles and options returned to default.

■ Last Run Delay returns to the lowest delay increment.

■ Calibration cycle may force an extra rinse to occur prior to final rinse (to assure clear water), then calibrates the OWI and the fill amount during the final rinse.

■ Operating state returns to Standby upon completing or terminating the Service Diagnostics Cycle.

The Diagnostic Cycle has 27 intervals and starts in interval 27 and ends on interval 1. The total time is about 25 minutes.

■ Interval 27 turns all the LEDs on as a display check. Interval 26 turns off all LEDs during pause prior to displaying error codes.

■ Intervals 25 - 24 - 23 - 22 are for error codes, newest to oldest.

■ NOTE: Some models have replaced "CLEAN" with "COMPLETED"
The Clean (or Completed) LED will flash the error codes in two parts. The Clean LED will first flash the function code, pause for 2 seconds then flash the problem code, pause for 5 seconds then repeat three times unless advanced by Start key.

■ If there are no errors, Clean or Completed LED will stay on solid for 5 seconds.

Interval 21 is a 10 second pause and the Hi-Temp LED will be blinking. Press the Hi-Temp key to clear customer history and error codes.

■ Intervals 20 to 3 is the service diagnostic cycle.

■ Intervals 2 and 1 are for any error codes found during the service test.
 

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I tried running the service diagnostics by pressing ‘Start’ in standby mode and pressing buttons in the 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3 sequence. But the dish washer seems to be running the usual cycle. The 27 intervals were not fired up.
 

BWayne

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Thank you Rick.

By ‘panel wake up’ do you mean the LED lights on some of the function on the control panel light up ?

Then yes, the panel wakes up.
 

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Try it again only skip the "press start to wake up the panel". From standby (all LEDs off) press any three keys 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3.
 

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Just did that. Pressed 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3 and the last button I pressed had the LED light ON for a few seconds and then switched off.

Is this the expected behavior?
 

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No, if you can't get it into service mode, one or more of the keylines is shorted either in the UI or control so do this:

- UNPLUG DISHWASHER OR DISCONNECT POWER.

- DISASSEMBLE DOOR AND DISCONNECT KEYPAD CONNECTION FROM CONTROL OR LCD DISPLAY MODULE.

- VERIFY ALL OTHER CONNECTIONS TO CONTROL ARE MADE.

- REASSEMBLE DOOR BUT DO NOT CLOSE DOOR.

- PLUG IN DISHWASHER OR RECONNECT POWER

- WAIT AT LEAST 7 SECONDS FOR CONTROL TO POWER UP COMPLETELY.

- CLOSE DISHWASHER DOOR & MONITOR CONTROL RESPONSE:

➔If the control is OK (no longer sees shorts with the keypad unplugged), it will respond by turning on the drain motor for 2 minutes. Check and/or replace the keypad if the control responds OK.

➔If the control is not OK (still sees shorts with the keypad unplugged), then the drain motor will NOT respond. If drain motor does not start within 10 seconds, repeat or verify that all steps were followed, and then replace the control.

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BWayne

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Thank you for the help and inputs on the service diagnostic mode. I was able to fire it up by pressing 2 buttons - ‘Hi-temp scrub’ and ‘Heat dry’ in a 1-2-1-2 sequence.

The service cycle ran for 27 minutes and returned to standby without any errors flashing.

I ran the dishwasher a couple of times and it is back to normal (touchwood).
 

BWayne

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Hi Rick,

The 6-1 lights are back again. To fix it, I am running the diagnostics every couple of days.

Any suggestions here?
 

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The error 6-1 is a "low/no water" issue. Is the water level correct? Check if the water is siphoning out:

Tub empty, no soap.

Allow dishwasher to complete normal fill cycle.

Drain for 5-10 seconds by pressing CANCEL/DRAIN.

Open door and confirm water does not siphon out of unit.

If it does, confirm the drain loop is attached to side of dishwasher and drain hose is looped under the sink.
 

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Hi Rick,

Sorry getting to this late.

What do you mean by -

1. “Allow dishwasher to complete normal fill cycle.”
Start a cycle and stop once I can hear the water fill cycle is done?

2. “Open door and confirm water does not siphon out of unit.”
Water in the tub and draining without the drain motor running?
 

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Hi Rick,

I did this and the water is not siphoning out.

In fact, when the appliance stops abruptly the water is still in the basin. Left it overnight, and the water level hadn’t changed.
 

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No, you missed the point. After the fill cycle stops you need to hit Cancel/Drain and let the drain pump drain for about 10 seconds then open the door and see if the water siphons out.Is the 6-1 error code the only one?
 
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