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Kenmore Dishwasher Error Codes

Kenmore Dishwasher Error Code 5-2 or F5E2

The Kenmore dishwasher error code 5-2 or F5E2 indicates that the control panel has detected a problem related to the dishwasher door not opening as expected. The electronic control board in your dishwasher anticipates that the door will be opened between cycles. If it doesn’t detect the door being opened, it may prevent the dishwasher from starting the next cycle.

Steps to Resolve the Error:

  1. Cancel the Cycle: If you receive this error code and haven’t opened the door between cycles, the first step is to cancel the current cycle. The control board expects this action.
  2. Open and Shut the Door: After canceling the cycle, open and close the dishwasher door firmly. This action signals to the control board that the door has been opened and closed, as it should be between cycles.
  3. Attempt a New Cycle: After opening and closing the door, start a new cycle. This should reset the control board and allow the dishwasher to operate without errors.

If the Error Persists:

If, after following the above steps, the error code 5-2 or F5E2 continues to appear, it may indicate a problem with the door switch or latch assembly. Here’s how to proceed:

  1. Unplug the Dishwasher: To further diagnose the issue, unplug the dishwasher from the power source. This will ensure your safety during the following steps.
  2. Simulate Door Opening: After unplugging, plug the dishwasher back in. This simulates the door opening, and the control board should recognize this as the door being opened.
  3. Start a Cycle: Attempt to start a new cycle. If the cycle starts without the error code, this suggests that the control board is working as expected. However, if the error persists, it indicates that the door switch is not detecting the door’s status accurately.
  4. Replace the Door Latch Assembly: If the error persists after simulating the door opening, it’s advisable to replace the door latch assembly. The door switch within this assembly may be defective, causing the control board to receive incorrect signals.

Resolving the Kenmore dishwasher error code 5-2 or F5E2 is essential to ensure that your dishwasher operates smoothly. Following these steps can often help you address the issue without the need for professional repair. However, if the error code continues to be a problem, it’s advisable to consult with an appliance technician to diagnose and resolve the underlying issue, ensuring your dishwasher works reliably and efficiently.

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