How to Reset the Blinking Light on a Whirlpool Dishwasher

If you own a Whirlpool dishwasher, you sometimes may see the LED light near the control panel blink repeatedly while the appliance is running. The blinking light typically indicates water heat was not detected during the cycle. You can stop the blinking and attempt to fix the problem by running a diagnostic cycle using the control panel on your dishwasher.

Step 1

Locate the display on your Whirlpool dishwasher, and confirm the light is still blinking.

Step 2

Press the "Heated Dry" button, then quickly press the "Normal" button.

Step 3

Press the "Heated Dry" button again, and press the "Normal" button again to enter the diagnostic mode.

Step 4

Close the dishwasher door if it is open, and the diagnostic cycle will run.

Step 5

Check the dishwasher after 30 minutes to make sure the diagnostic cycle is complete, in which case the light should no longer be blinking.


Greg Lindberg

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.