Problems Associated With KitchenAid Diswashers


While the KitchenAid brand has a strong reputation among kitchen appliance manufacturers, problems can develop that prevent them from working effectively. If you own a KitchenAid dishwasher, you might be frustrated occasionally because the appliance does not leave dishes clean and dry. There are four common problems that might prevent the dishwasher from operating properly, but familiarizing yourself with these issues and how to correct them will help you get your dishwasher working again.

Dishwasher Does Not Fill

  • In some cases, the dishwasher might not fill with water at the start of a cleansing cycle. This usually is a water connection issue. Water to the dishwasher must be turned on. Blockages should be removed from the washer’s overfill protection float. Obstructions near the float will prompt the appliance to withhold water to keep the tub from overflowing. Suds in the tub also will keep the appliance from filling with water. In many models, lights will blink on the control panel to indicate that suds or foam is interrupting the cycle.

Water Does Not Drain

  • Occasionally, you might notice after opening the dishwasher that it has retained water. Check that the dishwasher's cycle is complete. Many models feature a "Clean" light that indicates a cycle is finished. Interrupting a cycle will require closing the door again and pushing a "Start/Resume" button to allow the cycle to finish. If the cycle is complete but water has not drained, there could be an issue with its connection. Examine the drain hose for kinks that might impede draining. If the dishwasher is connected to a garbage disposal, the disposal inlet's knockout plug must be absent so that water can flow through the system. Blockages in the disposal or drain also will prevent drainage.

Cycles Run Too Long

  • Dishwashers programmed in energy-efficient modes use less power over a longer period. As a result, some cycles can take as long as three hours. In addition, certain KitchenAid dishwasher features, such as "Heat Dry" or "ProDry" modes, add time to the cycle. Settings using cool water also lengthen cycles because the water must reach 120 degrees for an appropriate wash. You can shorten the length of a cycle by adjusting the time of a cycle on most models or by simply allowing hot water to run from the faucet closest to the dishwasher before turning it on.

Items Aren't Dry

  • Pots and pans with nonstick surfaces or plastic items do not dry as well because they are made from more porous materials. With these items, you might need a towel to effectively dry them. To ensure that most of your items dry, use the "Heat Dry" or "ProDry" mode. Load the dishwasher properly to promote effective drying. Place soiled items facing down and in toward the center. Do not overlap dishes or bowls. Load plastic items, small glasses and dishes in the upper rack for better drying results as well.

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