How to Troubleshoot Noise in a KitchenAid Dishwasher


While some noise is standard when your KitchenAid dishwasher is running, you might occasionally hear something that gives you cause for concern. Any loud thumping or clanking noises should be investigated immediately to make sure that your dishes or dishwasher do not become damaged. You can stop the wash cycle immediately by opening the door of your KitchenAid dishwasher.

  • Rearrange the dishes inside your KitchenAid dishwasher if you hear clanking noises during the wash cycle. Try to arrange the dishes so they do not touch. This will help prevent the dishes from clanking together.

  • Remove any oversized items that block or touch the wash arms from the dishwasher. The wash arms circulate water through the dishwasher, and if a large pot or pan interferes with these arms, it can cause thumping and even damage your dishwasher.

  • Check the filters on your KitchenAid dishwasher to make sure that they are properly installed. If the filters are not locked into place, they can rattle inside the dishwasher. The filters should be turned clockwise until they lock into place. If the filter still turns, it is not properly installed.

Tips & Warnings

  • The sound of water running is normal in your dishwasher. This happens several times throughout the wash and rinse cycles.
  • If you occasionally hear a loud snapping noise coming from your dishwasher, it could be the detergent dispenser snapping open. This is normal and does not indicate a problem.

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