How to Troubleshoot a KitchenAid Drawer Dishwasher That Will Not Start


The KitchenAid drawer dishwasher halts the wash cycle when its door is not properly closed, as it prevents water from filling the dishwasher to prevent water leakage. The dishwasher's sensor detects when the door is not completely closed, and will not begin the cleaning process until the dishwasher is ready to begin the cycle. Having a professional repair the appliance is necessary if you are unable to start the dishwasher after troubleshooting the issues, as the problem may be due to a malfunction of the appliance.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement fuse
  • Pull the dishwasher door's handle gently and push the door shut to forcibly close it. A loose door prevents the dishwasher from starting properly.

  • Push "Start/Resume" on the front of the dishwasher and quickly shut the door to begin the cycle. The dishwasher provides a four-second window of time to shut the door after pressing the power button before it begins. If the door is ajar or open after four seconds, it will not start the cleaning cycle.

  • Check your home's circuit breaker or fuse box. A flipped circuit breaker or blown fuse prevents the dishwasher from operating properly, as the fuse provides power to the appliance. Flip the circuit breaker to the "On" position to restore power, or unscrew the blown fuse and replace it with a new fuse to power the dishwasher.

  • Hold the "ProDry" button to disable the dishwasher's control lock, and press the cycle button and "Start/Resume" to begin the cleaning cycle. ProDry locks the control panel on the front of the dishwasher to prevent changes to the cleaning cycle.

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