Resets are convenient because they are relatively easy to perform. People perform resets for one or more of the following reasons:
- You pressed the start button too many times. As a result, either the cycle won’t start, or the machine has begun flashing error codes you don’t understand.
- The wash cycle has refused to start, or the cycle starts only to stop prematurely partway.
- The control lock is active, and it refuses to deactivate.
- Sleep mode is active, and it refuses to deactivate.
- Delayed wash is active, and it refuses to deactivate.
- The door is closed, but the dishwasher keeps acting like it’s open.
- Either the water pressure is low, or the water is not flowing at all.
- Various lights are blinking without reason.
- The keypad won’t respond.
Interestingly, even though resets are simple and convenient, Kenwood dishwashers don’t have reset buttons. This is true for most brands. This leaves you with two options, namely:
1). Start Button
This is the easiest approach. You press the start button and hold it for several seconds. The number of seconds will vary depending on the model. The button will also change. For instance, some machines use a ‘Cancel/Resume’ button.
You should also look for a straightforward power button. Holding the correct button for several seconds will initiate the drain cycle. Once the dishwasher is empty, you can start the wash cycle anew.
This soft reset works if you have a basic glitch. But it won’t help you if the machine’s controls won’t even respond.
2). Hard Reset
The hard reset deprives the Kenwood dishwasher of power in the literal sense. You start by finding and pulling the dishwasher’s plug out of the outlet. Wait three to five minutes, and then push the plug back into the wall outlet.
Start the machine and test its functions to determine whether the errors have persisted. What if you can’t reach the wall outlet? Use the same solution you would deploy if the appliance were hardwired.
Find the breaker that controls the dishwasher’s circuit and cut the power. Wait three to five minutes and restore the power. As you can see, this method is more comprehensive because it doesn’t rely on controls.
You can reset the device even when the controls refuse to respond. Try to keep the following in mind:
- Cut the water supply before you perform a reset. Turn the tap off.
- Don’t handle the plug if you have a serious leakage or flooding issue. You don’t want to bring the power plug in contact with the water. Use the breaker to cut the power before eliminating the water. If you can’t find the source of the leak, call a plumber. Don’t restore the power to the circuit until you resolve the leak.
- If you want to perform a soft reset, you can hold the start button down for as long as it takes. You don’t have to limit yourself to the thirty seconds many experts suggest. Hold the button until the dishwasher responds.
- Don’t persist if the dishwasher won’t respond. For instance, if you’ve been holding the start button for a minute or more, you can stop. The appliance is never going to respond.
- Don’t be afraid to perform multiple resets. It can take two or more resets for some glitches to disappear.
- Pay attention to the error codes. The codes will tell you what went wrong. If you check the manual, it will show you what each error code means and how to fix it. In other words, a reset isn’t always the solution. However, some error codes may persist even after you apply the recommended solution. A reset will eliminate those error codes.
- Some Kenwood models have unique reset procedures. You must press a series of buttons in the correct order to execute the reset. You will find these instructions in the manual. If you lost the manual, look for the model number on the appliance’s sticker and send it to Kenwood’s customer support. They will identify your dishwasher and send you the reset instructions.
A reset is not a magic bullet. It won’t solve every problem. If multiple resets have failed to produce the results you want, you can take additional steps to resolve the errors you’ve encountered, including:
- Make sure the Kenwood dishwasher has a reliable power supply. Is the plug firm in the outlet? Do you hear crackling noises from the wall outlet? Did the breaker trip? Is the circuit adequately sized for the dishwasher’s electrical draw?
- Check the latch for defects. The Kenwood dishwasher cannot start a wash cycle when the door is open. You may encounter glitches because the door is closed, but the latch is defective. The dishwasher will act as though the door is open because of the broken latch.
- Dishwashers are dangerous. You can’t eliminate all the risks. For instance, one American study highlighted dishwasher detergents as a significant threat to kids six years or younger. A paper in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion noticed that some injuries occur while children are loading and unloading dishwashers. The biggest concern for parents is the injuries that happen when kids tamper with the dishwasher in the absence of adult supervision. The child lock function prevents this. But it can also frustrate parents when they forget that it’s active. If the controls won’t respond, start by checking on and deactivating the child lock.
- If the wash cycle starts and stops erratically, check the timer. Better yet, test it with a multimeter. The manual will show you the readings to look for. If the multimeter’s readings differ, ask a technician to perform repairs.
- If the machine won’t start, check the fuse. When the fuse blows, the device can’t get the power it needs to run. You should also inspect the motor start relay because it can prevent the appliance from starting. Forbes recommends testing the relay for continuity with a multimeter (set on Rx1).