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Old 07-02-2014, 03:53 PM
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Default Whirlpool dishwasher flashing lights & buttons don't work
Model Number: GU1200XTLS3   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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I noticed a number of lights flashing on the control panel on the door and, in fact, the dishwasher must have run because there was standing water in the unit. None of the buttons responded to being pressed. I could not get the "cancel" function to work to drain the water. I turned off the power at the circuit breaker and then turned the power back on. The lights went out and I pressed "cancel" and part of the water drained before it stopped on its own and the flashing lights went on again. I turned the circuit breaker off and on again to drain the rest of the water. My problem is flashing lights and buttons that do not work. Is this the control panel (AP3176980) or the electronic control board (AP3775506)? Which part(s) do I need to purchase?Thank you!

UPDATE: I left the circuit breaker switched off overnight. I turned it back on this morning and the dishwasher was back to normal--TEMPORARILY. I ran a cycle in the dishwasher (the original wash/dry settings had been preserved). Everything was working properly UNTIL it came to the end of the cycle. The wrong lights are lit up and flashing (I had it set at Quick Wash and now Pots & Pans, Normal and Delay are flashing), the buttons do not respond and there is a huge amount of standing water in the bottom. Does this sound like the control panel on the front or the electronic control board (the brains) that needs replacing?


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Old 07-10-2014, 06:21 PM
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Well, no one responded to my post, but I thought I would provide info for others who have a similar problem. I took a chance and ordered the keypad/control panel from appliancepartspros.com knowing that if that was not the problem, I could return it for a refund and buy a new dishwasher instead.

I installed the control panel without much trouble, but lo and behold, the circuit breaker blew. I could have replaced the circuit breaker on my own, but called in an electrician just in case something else was wrong. He thought the circuit breaker blew due to switching it on and off multiple times to drain the dishwasher. It was just a coincidence that it died on the final turn off when I went to replace the panel. He said I should have just unplugged the dishwasher to replace the panel and not bother turning off the circuit breaker. Lesson learned. As soon as the circuit breaker was replaced, the dishwasher worked perfectly. Problem solved.

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